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Royal Baths (Dark lo-fi garage/ psych, Kanine/ Woodsist… FACEBOOK)
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Slowdance (Pretty pop music… FACEBOOK)
The San Francisco garage-psych world isn’t a bastion of optimism, but it’s a little too sunshiney for Royal Baths. Perhaps that’s why the duo moved to Brooklyn ahead of the release of its second full-length, Better Luck Next Life, an album gloomy almost to the point of self-parody. It’s nine songs about black souls, black hearts, S&M, and dark lords pounded out over Bo Diddley beats. They don’t skimp on the details, either. For Royal Baths, there is no question: The world is a vampire.
In the past, Royal Baths’ music has been tagged as psychedelic if only because of their geographic proximity to groups like the Fresh & Onlys, Thee Oh Sees, and Ty Segall. But this latest set of songs yields little in the way of incense and peppermints. It’s a sludgy, turgid take on the blues, swiping it’s chief inspiration from the Velvet Underground but supplementing heavily with sounds from mid-1980s goth rockers like the Gun Club and the Bad Seeds. Each song is a handful of grotty chords strummed on a guitar with every string tuned to the same note.
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ROYAL BATHS (Woodsist Records, San Fransisco)
ROYAL HEADACHE (Australia)
BED WETTIN’ BAD BOYS (Australia)
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