People seem to be saying that there is no new good bands out there. They have not yet heard of the ROYAL’Z from Rochester, MN. The band is: Bobby Learmont – Vocals, Dan Kurtz – Guitar and programming Austin Porter – Guitar, Nick Seavy – Bass Guitar, and Jerrid Boutto – Drums and programming. The band has only been together for 17 months, but in that time they have performed with tons of bands you will recognize. This band is sure to take the music scene by the balls and give it the punch in the face it needs. I was lucky enough to get an interview from the band. Here is what they have to say.
ROCKwell UnScene (RU): You have shared the stage with many great bands already, who do you want to play with next?
Royal’z: Yeah, we have really been blessed so far with the amount of bands we’ve opened for. Thanks to all the promoters who have believed in us so far. As for bands we hope to play with, it’s all about timing and just getting on the right shows. We never really know who it’s going to be next, but if I had to pick some band favorites I know it’d be Asking Alexandria, Beartooth, Volumes, Bring Me The Horizon, Emmure, and The Devil Wears Prada. I’d have Whitechapel up there too, but we’re going to cross that off the list next month in Iowa City, IA so if you can make it out there get at us!
RU: What would you tell someone who has never seen you or heard you to get them to come to your show? Describe who you are.
Royal’z: If you want A free van come to our show, because it seems everyone’s stealing vans now a days… (PS people need to knock that shit off for real.) For us as a band I will say that we are the kind of band that you have a great time with all through out the show on and off stage and even if you don’t like us chances are you wont forget us.
RU: What can a person expect from a Royal’z show?
Royal’z: To go home broke because we shared one too many cocktails… tons of sarcastic jokes, and all the repetitious catch phrases we hopelessly adore for the 15 minutes they’re ever relevant #suhdude. Our set itself is a party we only get 25 minutes most of the time and you can expect a decent amount of fireball and coors light to be Ingested in that small time frame…
RU: What are your future plans/such as shows tours things like that?
Royal’z: We plan on touring this Fall and everything is beginning to manifest itself nicely. No promises but let’s hope to see ROYAL’Z on the road within the next few months. We are currently working on our full-length album right now which we are planning to release a single from this summer while we wrap the rest of it up. We also have several shows booked for the next few month around our neighboring Midwest states. we will be co- headlining “Brickfest” which is a festival of about 20 bands from around the Midwest that we’re proud to be apart of… and it’s a free show so come out to it in Foley, Minnesota July 10th.
RU: Can you tell us about your album? Can you tell us about what is next as far as albums and songs?
Royal’z: Its Lit Fam… Haha it’s definitely going to hone in on a mutual desired sound something to represent our hopefulness to some rather or other unfortunate situations we’ve seen and experienced recently. We have full anticipation for it to be monumental to our empire and continue to build our path for the future. The guys and I have been through a lot of shit this past year, especially in the last eight months since we released our debut EP “An End To Anchor.” We’re taking that and capitalizing on it to show what we can really do… And for every joke there’s always some truth, and for every truth there’s that realness you’ll be able to identify with, and you’ll hear that in the words, and the music.
RU: Is there is any story you would like to share such as a fan experience, a show story, anything funny, dirty, in your face, that you can share with us?
Royal’z: Yeah our first show… LOL! March 2015 we played with “I the Breather”. It was a tour stop show we got to open for promoted by Leo Presents. We had a decent set, and a good group of people and friends came out to support our first show. During the first half of the show all the bands were in the green room which had two fold up tables, a mini fridge, two couches (that looked like somebody died on) and an oh so typical bar bathroom. I have to share these distinguishing features because it’s evident that it was not by any means a place to be desired… so yeah after halfway through the night the “fill in” drummer for “I the Breather” came up to me as I was going outside and said something in passing that was extremely rude. “Hey man, can you and your buddies get out of the green room. You’re just a local band, you don’t belong back there” (If you’ve ever met me you know I lost my temper and it went from 0 to 100 real quick) I told him pretty much don’t talk to us like that and yada yada yada… talking shit back-and-forth, but that’s just how it goes I was in the army for a few years, so I typically am not going to take shit from someone disrespecting me or my band like that. Just because we were the local band didn’t make us any less of people than they are, nor better, but yeah the whole band came out and I’m thinking they’re going to fight me, or some shit, and they didn’t which in my opinion was best for everyone involved. Anyway then the lead singer Shawn apologized to me via Facebook the next day, so Shawn’s a cool dude for that… respect, their fill in drummer however will forever be so close to my heart lol.
RU: Where can fans find you?
Royal’z: Every social media and torrent site for the most part. You know Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. But if you really want to find us just come out to a show even if we’re not playing. There’s a good chance one of us is out there having a drink and supporting the endless talent our scene continues to pump out all the time.
For all music fans who want something new, something that will get them moshing, the Royal’z is your band. Check them out, see them live and help them get on stages world wide.
Written by Melissa “Mischievous Mel” Anderson for ROCKwell UnScene