El Paso retro-rockers The Royalty
Meet The Royalty: the new kings and queens of garage-pop. The El Paso, Texas, band’s the latest retro act to dig up their parents’ Ronettes records and head to the garage, making their music essential listening for fans of the noisy, breezy pop of bands like Tennis and Best Coast (so, yeah, anyone with ears). But the Royalty doesn’t just have indie cred: In November they signed to punk label Victory Records (Silverstein, Hawthorne Heights), who sent them on a six-week recording trip to L.A. to make a new album.
Their latest is “How I Like ‘Em,” a demo the band released to celebrate the signing. The track shows off their instrumental chops and singer Nicole Boudreau’s soulful voice, which reminds us of Letters to Cleo frontwoman/HERO Kay Hanley. When listening to their low-fi, self-released debut album (also self-titled), we can hear why the band caught Victory’s ears: Cuts such as “Alexander” and “Honestly” feature horn-section blurts and a hard-riffing pace that’s as ska-influenced as it is ’60s-obsessed. Speaking of obsessed: We just got off the bus in Royalty Listeners, Calif., POPULATION, U.S.