06/13/12 New York, NY @ Cake Shop
06/14/12 New York, NY @ Warsaw
06/15/12 Boston, MA @ P.A.'s Lounge
10/21/12 Australia @ Newcastle Entertainment*
10/22/12 Australia @ Sydney Entertainment*
10/26/12 Australia @ Brisbane Entertainment*
10/30/12 Australia @ Adelaide Entertainment*
10/31/12 Australia @ Sidney Myer Music Bowl*
* w/ The Black Keys
Australia's Royal Headache is coming to the USA in June (they were supposed to be here earlier in late May, but due to visa complications, their first landing is in June 1st in Austin, Texas).
I made it to The Triple Rock just in time to see the end of the first group in a five-band bill. They’re named Cozy, and I really didn’t get to hear them play, but I caught a glimpse of their Beatle-esque hair styles and blue denim ensembles.
Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band were second up for the night. These guys have an affecting stage presence and undoubtedly brought some energy to the place. Their sound is similar to that of Social Distortion, taking rock and roll back to its roots with blues and country support. On a side note, you may recognize Nato Coles’ incredible mutton chops if you’ve ever ordered Mesa Pizza.
I took a break outside for the next two bands, Condominium and The Arrivals. If I hadn’t, I would have had a royal headache during Royal Headache. Apparently I wasn’t the only one looking for some fresh air; outside I ran into the drummer of Royal Headache, Shortty. Sporting Buddy Holly glasses and a v-neck sweater, he was an inconspicuous punk-rocker, but his Aussie accent gave him away. We had a nice chat on the topic of Minnesota artists. I was happy to hear that Shortty is a fan of Hüsker Dü, The Replacements and Prince, and in fact just saw Prince perform in Australia about a month ago. He expressed how much he enjoys coming to Minnesota, although admitted they’ve never come during winter.
Royal Headache finally came on, just before 1:00 AM. I would consider their music more of a pop-punk than a true punk-rock, as most of their lyrics was inspired by women and not “the man”. Their attire was unassuming; the lead singer, Shogun, sported white sneakers, simple blue jeans and a green polo. They opened with a song I didn’t recognize, but quickly moved into "Really In Love", the second track off their self-titled debut album. With none of their songs reaching three minutes, the whole set was quick. All-in-all they rocked hard and they rocked fast. If you’re down under in October, you can catch them on an Australia Arena tour with The Black Keys.