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The Royal Concept
The Royal Concept

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3.0 out of 5 stars It Gets Going, Then Stalls (As a concept, not an actual vehicle), 27 Mar 2013
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Hipster favourites of the latest FIFA soundtrack, The Royal Concept deliver sounds akin to The Strokes and Phoenix. "Gimme Twice" and "Goldrushed" whilst not breaking new ground by any means, show that the giants of angular guitar rock missed a few more bows to their ribbons. The right balance of synth alongside the usual instrumentation is noteworthy and works to great effect.

It just stops grabbing your attention by the fourth track. My theory is that on the initial three beauties the group have got me thinking of them as ultra slick, too cool to acknowledge you mastadons of rock. Then they take the ethos off singing about edgy topics like unplanned pregnancy, and start to pump your ears full of Fall Out Boy reminiscent lyrics to do with dancing, dancing, nothing but stopping what you're doing and DANCING.

I still enjoy the first three tunes, but i am wary of the naivety of this EP towards its close, these boys aren't the swashbucklers they want you to believe.

Needle - Single
Needle - Single
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3.0 out of 5 stars Summer Anthem (And what of the forthcoming LP?), 27 Mar 2013
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I will admit to being a strong to die hard fan of this group. They do it for me. Angular and sharp pop songs. The underdog twin brother of Vampire Weekend. "Needle" on first listen felt like the first justifiable summer anthem i've heard so far this year. In hindsight I think it might lack just a touch of inventiveness to truly deserve that monicker.

But for a newly arriving fan, it gives you a happy, buoyant starting point to climb aboard the bands back catalogue. It is here to represent a forthcoming third LP, if this track is anything to go by, we'll be kept listening to what sounds like the most refined and polished material the Canadian 3-piece have offered to date.

To those just about to start championing this group, they must truly feel like a needle in the hay.

180 [Explicit]
180 [Explicit]
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4.0 out of 5 stars First Time Reviewer, First Time Listen, 26 Mar 2013
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Palma Violets, the latest group inserted into the hype machine. When this happens my initial thought is, try your best to ignore all the press. I'm not a huge fan of the single "Best Of Friends" it's been paraded like the flagship song of the band. Probably because for awhile there was nothing else to listen to bar attending the much praised live shows.

That said the remaining tracks off this record are a lot less dependent on their choruses, the tunes are exciting and immediate, or slow and purposeful. Vintage keys, ragged vocals, timeless in sound, youthful in delivery. I believe the album enters the purple patch around "Rattlesnake Highway" and doesn't let off till its to late and realise you've been suckered into hearing out the hidden ditty nestled at the end.

What's clear is these guys have listened too and have been influenced by some great vintage rock n roll groups. Could be The Who, could be The Velvet Underground, probably both and more.

Fans of The Strokes, Vaccines and any hyped group of the last decade and a half will concur, that Palma Violets live up to expectations, what remains to be seen is whether they fall into the pitfalls of their predecessors on future efforts.

But you'll always have "180", lucky us.

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