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“The simple beauty of intimate songs like ‘Falling’ and ‘Voice Beneath The Rubble’ are almost unheard of in these times of screaming guitar-assaults and extravaganzas.
Oh boy, we’re getting old. It’s been a few decades since we went crazy over this musical style we call “glamrock”. The 45 RPMS of … T.Rex, The Sweet and Suzy Quatro were played endlessly and the wild dancing and jumping kept our bodies slim and fit (back then).

A handful of nostalgic thoughts have recently come up again as I found a new victim to play endlessly. No black vinyl but the silver-coloured CD “All Nights Out” from the six-piece “Outside Royalty”, raised in the American Pittsburgh, but residing in London since 2006.

Electropop with synthesizers, reminding us of “Arcade Fire” and “The Decemberists”, and energetic pumping beats, vocally guided by the charasmitic singing of Adam Billing, whose voice (not without reason) gets compared to a young Brian Ferry, at the times of Roxy Music.

We also clearly here the influences of Jarvis Cocker (former frontman of “Pulp”) and “Electric Light Orchestra”, but must emphasize that “Outside Royalty” especially has their own sound that is highly infectious for the dance-joints.

Potential superhits follow piece after piece, in a lightning fast pace, and the ten songs on “All Nights Out” are all ‘outstanding’ in quality. Of course there’s once again preferred tracks like the current single “Lightbulb (Turning Off)”, “Ohio”, “Palladium” and “My Constitution”, songs that after one play addictively stick with you.

The simple beauty of intimate songs like “Falling” and “Voice Beneath The Rubble” are almost unheard of in these times of screaming guitar-assaults and extravaganzas.

Referred to by themselves as “electronic chamber rock” – possibly because of the use of a violin (with Rachel Wu) and cello (with Frederique Legrand), but we prefer to label the music as contemporary pop.

“All Nights Out” is a record that sticks out so much, that we had to decide to add it to our year list, on which we had been spending quite a bit of time already.
Those who think they can do a better job than “Outside Royalty” are asked to urgently get in touch.

In a few months you can see the band live as the support for The Cranberries during their European tour. For Benelux this will be March 23rd in the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, and on March 25 in Vorst Nationaal.
The Cranberries better watch carefully to not be blown off the stage by the fresh sound of “Outside Royalty”.

(thanks to Alexis “Triangle Hero” Martin for the translation)



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