ALBUM REVIEW: Palaye Royale – ‘The Bastards’

Words by India Raine

Throw rock, blues, punk and 2000’s emo together, add spoonfuls of fashion, passion and a cult-like following and combine with class, style, a classic rock ‘n roll decadence with a dash of goth before stirring together. Place on the global stage and heat the audience to 2,000 degrees and with in moments you’ll conjure up the Canadian trio of brothers, Palaye Royale.

They are the epitome of new generation rock and punk. The three brothers, Remington Leith – lead vocals, Sebastian Danzig – guitar, keyboards, Emerson Barrett – drums and piano, are using their music to speak for those who can’t, and doing it with a rock ‘n roll poise and elegance. Recently described by Alternative Press as the lovechild of My Chemical Romance and The Rolling Stones, this band shouldn’t be left unnoticed – although you’d have to be living under a rock to not notice them at all!

With song tiles such as Anxiety, Lonely, Fucking With My Head, Nervous Breakdown, Nightmares and Black Sheep, you can already tell this is an anthemic album from a soon-to-be iconic band, made for the anti-social misfits and loners of the world searching for that one band they can relate to that help them through their anxieties and loneliness.

Palaye Royale’s highly anticipated new era album ‘The Bastards’ will be released May 29th via Sumerian Records and as stated in a tweet by the band on the 21st May, “‘The Bastards’ album is simply truth”.

‘The Bastards’ opening track is Little Bastards. A gritty, vulnerable and catchy song that touches on isolation induced insanity and friends you cannot trust. Describing the song, guitarist Sebastian Danzig says:

 Musically we show the direction of the album all in a single track. The vulnerability, the truth and the aggression all wrapped together in a three and a half minute track which will set the listener up for what is to come for the next 14 tracks and what corners we will touch.

Palaye Royale released an animated music video for Little Bastards in April of this year. The animated video was drawn up by the band’s drummer Emerson Barrett and Swedish illustrator XO Billie based from Barrett’s up-coming graphic novel, highly anticipated by their fan-base whom the band calls “Soldiers of the Royal Council”. The art-rock band honed in on their creativity, with Emerson Barrett creating a world where things make sense, which is ultimately where ‘The Bastards’ is set – an island by the name of Obsidian in the year 1888. Sebastian Danzig continues

Lyrically it trails from our latest release ‘Lonely’ but displaying the frustration and anger towards individuals that are meant to be friends. Visually we wanted to display our current state which is complete isolation from the world; trapped inside a house but yet the toxic society has found its way inside. We have to ‘band’ together to keep our circle of trust and honesty tight.

A brilliant song to begin the LP with, it finishes manically and abruptly, then straight in to a familiar song. Massacre, The New American Dream.

Released as a single in November of 2019, it is an anger fuelled protest song targeting the topic of America’s gun laws – or lack thereof. It touches on gun violence, murder and lack of trust they have for the United States government. Their most political song to date, it’s driven musically by the thumping drums, fuzz featured guitar and bass tones and piercing vocals. Speaking on Massacre, The New American Dream, the band states

We are all on the verge of waking up and truly understanding that people should not be afraid of their government, government should be afraid of their people. This is how we feel about the current state of America.

Palaye Royale didn’t hold back in the song’s music video either. Flash imagery and rapidly changing videos like they’re producing a subliminal message – but the message they are stating is loud and clear:

We are tired of seeing innocent people being gunned down so unbelievably often and still there is no change. How many more innocent people have to die for change to happen? Government and the news share no sort of resolve or actions of change for these problems. We put forth our creative anger to depict the current state of our civilization. There seems to be more kids growing up to become famous for school shootings than famous for anything else in America.

‘The Bastards’ is one of those rare albums that you can listen to all the way through without skipping any tracks (which is saying something for someone born in the generation with the shortest attention span yet). Each song is a stand out track, but this one in particular stands out like a sore thumb; Anxiety. It’s viscous and creeps up on you unassumingly – much like anxiety itself. Anxiety would be a mind blowing opening song at their future live sets. The intro and choruses boom while the verses drop back and frontman Remington Leith screams to the listeners in a distorted tone much like a megaphone.

If you’re a fan of rock, you may have already heard their track Tonight Is The Night I Die. Not from your favourite streaming service or radio station, but from the trailer of the new television series Paradise City – a spin off from the 2017 movie ‘American Satan’ that was produced by Sumerian Records founder and CEO Ash Avildsen. The epic, somber song is a look in to the dark, suicidal mindset and includes an angelic choir and a spoken word segment in the bridge.

Palaye Royale have released six singles from the 14 track album since 2019,  including Hang On To Yourself, Nervous Breakdown, Fucking With My Head and their hit song Lonely.

‘The Bastards’ LP is a piece of art created bit by bit, having rented out AirBnB’s in different cities and countries to write new sections of the album.

“It’s crazy — we thought the album was done in March of last year, and we did the heavy stuff in Joshua Tree. We wrote ‘Little Bastards’ a week before the album was supposed to be mixed and mastered.” says Danzig.

‘The Bastards’ album is definitely one to listen to and is already on the top of my list of 2020 album releases! With a sense of uncertainty circling the world right now, this album takes listeners to a far away land for 35 minutes, reminding us to be free-thinking individuals and be there for one another to lead to a greater good. Upon landing back down on earth when the album finishes, you are reassured that there are great, young creatives around, wanting the world to be a safe haven for all. It is highly recommended to take a dose of Palaye Royale for your health.

‘The Bastards’ will be released May 29th via Sumerian Records.

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With thanks to Cult Logic

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