Posted on by Oran

Following an exclusive album launch event earlier this month, five-piece Rock force, Royal Autumn celebrate the release of their forthcoming new studio album, ‘Life is Strangely Accidental’ on February 23rd, with their new single ‘Thin + Blond’, which is set for release on February 16th. 

The follow-up to 2018’s Music for The Bourgeoisie” EP saw the Dublin-based five-piece carve out a reputation known for their formidable live shows and captivating melodic compositions that harness the true spirit of quality songwriting.

Pre-save for the new single ‘Thin + Blond‘ can be found here.

With the impact of the lockdown in 2020, the band found themselves with some unexpected extra time on their hands, and began working tirelessly on new material, cultivating countless tracks that eventually became their, ‘Life is Strangely Accidental’ album (Release date: 23 Feb 2023).

Speaking of the new single, vocalist Neill Marshall says:

It’s a very special song as it’s the first time the five of us wrote together. Alina (Keys) brought in the chords, originally it was SUPER slow, it first morphed into a naff ‘Parisian Walkways’ for a week or two. Then Adam and I started messing around with the dueling guitar vibrato/bends and we picked up the pace, added a disco verse & everything fell into place.

It’s a song that appears to illustrate a young man (ergo ‘Blond’ rather than ‘Blonde’), feeling wronged via getting teased by a person he admired from afar, his wildest dreams being a non-platonic outcome with said person. The rejection or…lack of a promising starting point in the ‘relationship’ takes a drastic toll on the skinny, fair-haired fella before long.”

Check out the teaser for ‘Thin + Blond‘ video below;

Influenced by everyone from Tom Petty, and Fleetwood Mac to Judas Priest, and Manic Street Preachers, with a philosophy of complete freedom, Royal Autumn take pride in their “We write whatever we feel like writing” approach.

This environment fosters a deadly-serious approach to the art of songwriting while ensuring that flippancy and fun are never left behind. Royal Autumn are dynamic, delivering everything from emotional contemporary songs, such as ‘Say Goodbye’, and ‘Lifetime’, to fast heavy burners like, “Thin + Blond’, and ‘Bloody Tree’.

Life is Strangely Accidental’ is available on February 23rd. The official pre-save for the album can be found here.

Album track listing:

‘Watcha Got’
‘Thin + Blond’
‘Take It To The Grave’
‘Life is Strangely Accidental’
‘Die For You’
‘Hide The Night’
‘I’ve Got a Hole on You
‘Bloody Tree’
‘Say Goodbye’

Catch Royal Autumn at Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Ireland on Saturday, March 4th in Fibber Magees [link here], and a headline show in Whelan’s [Wexford St, Dublin 2] on Friday, March 24th.

Oran O’Beirne

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