Royal Forest, a psychedelic rock band from Austin, are not big believers in static sound, though they do appreciate the sound of static. Experimental across media---using analog tape loops in recordings and live at shows, for example---the band strives to reinvent their songs in fresh ways.
Lately this experimentation manifests itself in field recordings. Royal Forest has made songs in a single-prop airplane above the Texas hill country, inside a WWII submarine in Galveston, and in a lightning storm among the Monahans sand dunes. Not content to be labeled a studio band or live act, the band pushes the limits of composition, using whim and on-the-fly audio manipulation as songwriting tools. Experimentation is their evolutionary engine.
For all the geeky shit, Royal Forest is awfully listenable. The loops and field recordings only enhance their memorable hooks and positive energy. The band's dedication to DIY (they record and produce most of what they release themselves) is not only impressive, it imbues their records, videos, and live shows with infective charm.
Royal Forest's depth results from attention to the visual---Cody Ground (vocals, keys) is also a videographer; to the methodology of recording---Justin Douglas (guitar, pedal steel) is also an audio engineer; to atypical rhythms---Blake Lange (drums) rarely plays it straightforward; and to heart---Eryk Lugo (bass) is a lover, not a fighter.
Formed as Loxsly in 2005 and rechristened Royal Forest in 2009, the band has released three full-length albums (Forecast a Brainstorm; Maps & Organs; Tomorrow's Fossils) and two EPs (Flashlights; Royal Forest) and has toured the US extensively. Their latest LP, Spillway, will appear courtesy of Mollusc Records in Eurpoe on 1 July 2013
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