The Royal have recently released their highly anticipated second album Seven via Long Branch Records. We got to catch up with the guys and ask them a few questions. Here’s what they had to say…
You’ve just released your new album “Seven“. What is the meaning and inspiration for the songs on the new album?
The album title ‘Seven’ is based on something called ‘Life path seven’ which describes a person we all relate to. Someone who’s always searching for answers and the bigger purpose of everything. Although it’s also someone who is looking for peace and happiness. The album in general talks about a lot of subjects which help you find that for yourself and make you reevaluate and rethink your life and everything around you. We just want to steer the community back into a general direction of positivity and purpose.
How did you come with the name The Royal and what does it mean?
The Royal actually doesn’t stand for anything specific. Although for us it is more than a name now. It’s all that we are and it defines’s who we are as people. So that’s what The Royal is now. It means more to us than anything else in our lives.
You’ve recently come off tour with Dreamshade what was all your favourite moment whilst on the road?
Yes we did and it was amazing! Those guys are super talented and above all very genuine people. We are on tour now as well passing their home town and we will stay with them for a couple of days. We are happy to call them our friends now. The best moment overall is definitely the last show where we surprised them with a tour prank and jumped on stage, crew and all, for their last song while shooting confetti shooters and wearing glitter wigs and shit. That was one hell of a party and the kids loved it. We will never forget that.
Where did you all meet and come up with the idea to start a band?
JD and Sem have been friends for a long time. Sem never played in a band before but JD has been since he was 12 years old. He had a different project with a mate but that didn’t quite work out so when that stopped he asked Sem to start something and they started the project under a different name. When looking for a drummer JD actually started taking drumming classes because they had no luck in finding a drummer. Funny thing is that his teacher was Tom. Needless to say their taste in music just clicked and he joined the band. That’s when we changed names and actually started working on ‘Origins’.
Were there any challenging moments whilst recording the new album?
There are always challenging moments. I think writing a new album is more than just jamming and writing down some lyrics. When we write new music we are also stretching the limits of our knowledge and technical skills on purpose. We try new stuff and stay creative in that. So when we recorded the new album it felt like recording for the first time because of a lot of unfamiliar things. Which is good because we always push ourselves more if we are out of our comfort zone.
What is each band members favourite track on the new album?
JD – Thunder
Tom – Creeds And The Vultures
Sem – Wildmind
Pim – Creeds And The Vultures
Loet – Feeding Wolves
You recently signed with Long Branch Records how is that going for you guys now you are signed with a label?
It has been the best choice we have made in our career so far. The people over at LBR have been really amazing and helped this band a lot already. As opposed to our DIY records we don’t have to worry about distribution anymore and as far as promotion goes they have been doing a way better job than we could ever do on our own. We still do everything we can ourselves of course but we wouldn’t be where we are now if it wasn’t for LBR.
How was your first tour of the UK?
It was amazing! We’ve met a lot of cool people and played a ton of awesome shows. You really know how to throw down and we felt right at home. We can’t wait to get back in July!
What shows do you have coming up that you excited about?
We are currently on our European tour and we are enjoying it a lot. We are also playing UK Tech Fest in July which we are super stoked about. And in general we are doing a lot of touring this year and some summer festivals. We love it all! Haha.
Whose your biggest influences and inspires you as musicians?
Songwriting wise that would be August Burns Red. As musicians and live artists we all have different people we look up to or draw strength from. JD is really orientated on the thrash-metal artists like Exodus and stuff like that. Sem is really into the groove metal. Tom loves his breakdowns to really smash the kit. Pim is all about progressive metal so during soundcheck you’ll always hear the most amazing and ambient chords and progressions and Loet holds his roots in old skool pop punk like undeclinable and bands like that.
What can we expect in the future from The Royal?
We are just working and playing as much as we can right now and we are just looking forward to building up what we are doing right now and enjoy our new album for a bit. After touring we will start jamming and writing again.. we have so much inspiration and we are not planning on leaving for a long long time.