Royal Headache – Royal Headache

This new Australian four-piece group meshes the best of 60’s garage rock, soulful vocals and punk energy to create one of my favorite albums of the year.

The songs are bouncy enough to dance to, though by the time you can get a groove going, they’ll likely be over. Not a single song on the album reaches 3 minutes, and the album is all the better for it. Whether it’s the darker, moodier “Really in Love”, the spastic “Psychotic Episode”, or the cathartic “Honey Joy”, each song leaves you wanting more.

Album highlight “Girls” is a romantic blast that Little Richard would be proud of, and instrumentals like “Two Kinds of Love” and “Wilson Street” sound like lost pieces to a 60’s surfing documentary.

Listen to the joyous “Honey Joy” here

10/10

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