The Royal Concept

The Royal Concept

America quickly became like a second home for Sweden's The Royal Concept. In fact, their stateside arrival has been quite a long time in the making for vocalist David Larson. "When I was a kid, I used to say, 'The first time I go to America will be because of music!'," he smiles. "Lo and behold, that's exactly how and why it happened."

In 2012, that anxiously-­awaited dream came true shortly after the quartet -­ Larson,
Filip Bekic [guitar], Magnus Robert [bass], and Frans Povel [drums] -­ topped Hype
Machine with not one but two songs, "D-­D-­Dance" and "Gimme Twice." A myriad of
labels clamored to sign them over the course of the next month, but LAVA proved the perfect fit. The band proceeded to hit U.S. soil for the first time, playing alongside everybody from Imagine Dragons and Alex Clare to Atlas Genius, further generating buzz and developing a fervent following.

When they returned to Sweden in early 2013, they garnered all sorts of new inspirations and experiences to cull from as they worked on what would eventually become their 2013 offering the Royal EP [LAVA/Republic Records]. By happenstance, the track "World On Fire" leaked and quickly became a fan favorite in January. Merging sizzling synths, dynamic guitars, and a devilishly danceable hook, the song further fueled their own fire.

"We have no idea how it leaked," laughs Larson. "It's just one of those songs that
resonated with us, and it paved the way for the EP. We're a band from the new
generation. We're not the kind of group who goes into the studio for months and leaves with an album. We like to be in a constant state of development, trying new things. Whether we're in the studio or on stage, we want to create magical moments. You should feel that joy and spontaneity."

Bekic goes on, "The song itself is about being the underdog and fighting your way to the top. That's a special one for us because it urges to always keep going no matter what." Then, there's the propulsive newest single "On Our Way." Building into an anthemic hum, it's cinematic in scope and emblematic of the band's tight instrumentation and focused songwriting. It also plays a big part in FIFA 2014 for XBOX360 and PS3. The band are no strangers to licensing though, having seen syncs everywhere from Tim Burton's Frankenweenie to So You Think You Can Dance.

Equally special is the undeniable and unshakable "Radio," which premiered on Rolling Stone in the Fall of 2013 and is available as a free download. Piping up with a dance floor groove and arena-­size hook, it's the perfect introduction to The Royal Concept. Composed on acoustic guitar, a first for the group, it's immediately inimitable.

"We wrote and recorded it in one day after we got home from our first American tour," the singer remembers. "We were just inspired, and we based the song on the strongest girl we've ever met. She was our tour manager once, but she's too good for us now [laughs]. Essentially, it's about a strong woman who's a rebel and does exactly what she wants." That independence remains a theme throughout the EP. Bekic puts it best, "Musically, The Royal Concept is a band without any restrictions. We do whatever we feel like, whenever we want to. There's just this constant stream of music."

Plus, they've got some unforgettable stories to tell. Larson concludes, "Everything starts with a picture. We want to create images that people remember in the music. This is a trip for all of us together."

American Authors

Brooklyn-based alt rock band American Authors first met as students at Berklee College of Music. Shortly after, the foursome dropped out, moved into a small apartment in Bushwick, New York, and started a band. While playing a show in the city, the band was noticed by music producers Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta, who eventually signed them to their production company, Dirty Canvas. They went on to write 'Believer,' the first song to develop their signature sound. In December 2012, the song landed at Sirius XM's Alt Nation radio, whose tastemaker DJ's and diehard listeners alike wholeheartedly embraced the song and its human counterparts. Within one month and without a record label, Believer made it onto the station's tough-as-nails Alt 18 Countdown and led to a huge spike in social media and music sales, an enthusiastic bevy of 'Believers,' and a mini-tour with fellow alt rock bands A Silent Film, GoldFields, and Carousel.

Self-described "laid-back dudes," American Authors is comprised of Zac Barnett (vocals), James Adam Shelley (guitar/banjo), Dave Rublin (bass), and Matt Sanchez (drums). Together they hail from the four corners of the country, each bringing their own influences and experiences to the writing table to create pop-flavored alt rock sprinkled with four-part harmonies, spirited lyrics, and contagious optimism. To hear their music and to watch them perform, it can be said that American Authors has the natural 'it' factor that leads to music's most successful artists.

"We're the authors of our lives, creating music from what we've lived, from what we hope for, from what we feel. Every day is different and like everyone, our emotions change according to our personal highs and lows and by the challenges or triumphs that affect all of us," said Barnett. "We're not afraid to be goofy one day and serious the next. We just want to be true to ourselves and share our stories for as long as people are willing to listen."


MisterWives was formed in 2012 where the 3 New York natives set out to produce, and perform their independently composed music. Their sound has been described as indie-pop-soul and has been well received in some of New York's most notable venues. The core members include Mandy Lee (vocals/keys) William Hehir (bass) and Etienne Bowler (drums).Their live set however incorporates other musicians that contribute sax, trumpet, guitar, and strings to their well-rounded sound. The band is currently working on their EP that will be released in the spring of 2013.


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