The Royalty have spent the past seven years getting to a moment most every band strives for: the promise, or at least hope, of breaking out from a small microcosm to a bigger stage. They have an established label behind them, a building buzz and an infectious sound caught somewhere between the “girl groups” of the 60s (with apt comparisons to the Ronettes or Shondells) and something more contemporary (with equally apt comparisons to The Cardigans of the '90s, or Amy Winehouse).
And while they’re on an upward trajectory, the mystery of where they go next can be both exhilarating, and frightening as hell. From here, bands can rocket up, or flat-line.
Dark mystery or not, they’ve gone all-in, so to speak. The band members have quit their “day job” careers to pursue The Royalty full time. They’re out with their second full-length album, Lovers. It’s their debut for Chicago’s Victory Records (a seemingly odd pairing, given that the label is best known for hardcore punk and metal).
The Royalty join Tuesday's Afternoon Shift to perform songs from Lovers, and talk about this road they’re taking, and where they hope it will lead.
They perform Wednesday night at Beat Kitchen in Chicago.