Photo by David Akerman
Royal Headache dropped its self-titled debut back in 2012, an album that nearly destroyed the Sydney four-piece from the inside out. Now, the band’s back for round two with sophomore LP, High, due out on August 21st through What’s Your Rupture?. The 10-track effort sees Royal Headache expanding on the rollicking garage rock of its debut, while also incorporating the “romance” of pop music.
A press release reads:
If their first album was akin to a courtship, think of High as the romance. Not just on the level of two people falling in love, but a romance with the qualities of pop music that make Royal Headache who they are and inform what they do: eternal optimism, wistful beauty and interlocking presentation that evolves from four guys singing on a street corner to speed-addled rock, and all the brightness and darkness in between, teetering between stability and chaos and well-aware of how unsteady their footing might be.
In anticipation of High’s release, the Aussie native have let loose the title track, a scruffy but lovable number about sticking with the one whose affection often tastes like a euphoric trip. Check it out below.
01. My Own Fantasy
02. Need You
04. Another World
05. Wouldn’t You Know
07. Love Her If I Tried
09. Little Star
10. Electric Shock
In support of the LP, the band’s lined up a North American summer tour.
Royal Headache 2015 Tour Dates:
08/10 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
08/11 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
08/13 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
08/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Berserktown Festival
08/17 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
08/19 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle #
08/20 – Detroit, MI @ UFO #
08/21 – Toronto, ON @ Silver Dollar
08/22 – Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola
08/24 – Boston, MA @ The Great Scott #
08/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade #
08/27 – Baltimore, MD @ Windup Space #
08/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA #
08/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades #
# = w/ Sheer Mag