Brooklyn-based indie pop duo, The Last Royals, have released their debut album entitled, Twistification, on Ooh La La Records. The album includes their hit single, “Crystal Vases”, which was featured on SiriusXM’s “Alt 18 Countdown” for an impressive five months.
While the band released a three track EP back in 2010, Twistification is the first full-length album for singer/songwriter Eric James and drummer Mason Ingram. The two met in 2010 and have since felt compelled to create an album together: “I’ve made a lot of songs and demos on my own but together we wanted to make a record that was more conceptual,” James tells me in a phone interview, “like we’re telling a story all the way through. As individual songs, I think the tracks each have their own unique message but for us this album was a great learning experience on how to put it all together into something that flows from beginning to end.”
The Last Royals describe their sound as “urban walking music”, in the sense that they condense some of the harsh realities of city-living into something you can take with you. In songs like “Crystal Vases” they tell a story of heartbreak, depression and a self-medication through a fun, punk-rock cadence complete with a ukulele. The album is intended to be paradoxical, simultaneously fun and a bit depressing. “There’s a lot of freedom on this record. We tried to make it really move and have a cadence to it but still give people something to reflect on. It’s kind of about laying your securities on the line and not having to feel uncomfortable about it.”
Some standout tracks on the album are: "Winter Waltz", a short yet moving ballad that points to some depth in TLR's musical range; "I Hate California", which sounds destined to be on the soundtrack of some movie or TV show in the immediate future due to it's Petty or Dylan-esque gentle-angst; and "Friday Night", which is insatiably catchy (for better or worse).
When asked what they want to do next, James assures me its full speed ahead for TLR, "We are definitely planning a tour around the U.S. We've spent a lot of time in New York but now it's time to get our album out to the rest of the country. We'll also be playing at the SXSW festival in Austin in March."
Check out Twistification on iTunes or stream it on Spotify.
To learn more about The Last Royals, visit their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/thelastroyals