Hailing from the south coast of the UK...
Born in 2019, our band has already seen the release of two EPs, two covers, nine music videos, one pandemic and four lockdowns! Founding members Luke Smithson (vocals) and Alex Baker (guitar/drums) began writing after a previous project ended, before recruiting Will Sherlock (guitar/vocals) through what we like to call "Tinder for Musicians". After a stint as a four-piece in which our debut EP 'Painted Gold' was released, we got off to a quick start building a following both online and in our hometown, allowing us to begin to play several tours and shows around the UK, receiving positive feedback on our sound, set-up and energetic presence, and drawing comparisons to the likes of pop-punk heavyweights State Champs, All Time Low and Neck Deep.
2020-2021 saw an interesting line-up change with the introduction of Tom Guildford (bass) and Tom Trowbridge (drums), Royals becoming a five-piece in the process. This was followed by the gradual, albeit delayed (what wasn't that year though, right?), release of our second EP 'A Spark To Ignite', recorded with Neck Deep's Seb Barlow - containing our most popular songs to date. We landed the first two singles 'Fair-Weather Friend' and 'Out of Reach' in Spotify playlists such as Pop Punks Not Dead and New Punk Tracks, meaning our music began to be heard all over the world, earning us spots on Alt Press lists 'Top 10 Rising UK Pop Punk Bands' and '13 Artists who are reclaiming the pop-punk music scene in 2021'.
Those years also saw the increase in radio play with Alex Baker (DJ, not our guitarist) fulfilling childhood dreams by premiering Worldwide Catastrophe on Kerrang! Radio, whilst Idobi Radio in the US and VoiceFM locally have had the entire EP rotating heavily since it's release.
2021 ended with a cover of the years most popular song - Justin Bieber & The Kid Laroi's 'Stay', which only raised our presence further and began to break us onto the pop punk TikTok scene, bringing a new audience and a chance to show people how unfunny we truly are.
2022 got off to a flying start, we changed things up and collaborated with our friends in Two Year Break to dabble in a heavier track 'Double Life' before running riot on tour together. Not ready to rest on that, we worked with new producers in Jon Lundin (Point North) and Grant Berry (All Time Low, Stand Atlantic) on our new singles "Home" and "Let Me Go", seeing the latter premiere on BBC Introducing for the first time and taking another step forward in our journey as one of the countries most exciting up and coming bands.
With more music and touring on the way, 2022 looks set to be one to remember - strap in for the ride!
- Luke, Alex, Will, Tom & Tom