It’s a mission at White Mischief to find live musical artistes who are willing to step over the precipice with a bold visual and sonic identity, and The Outside Royalty are a perfect example. Using cello, violin and synths to create a sound they call “electro chamber rock”, and based out of a squalid Victorian terrace, few bands could be as well suited to the steampunk vaudevile of a White Mischief show as this six piece. So we’re looking forward to welcoming them in on June 7. Read on for photos and a video.
The Outside Royalty are a 6 piece electro chamber rock band formed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The band moved across the water to England in the summer of 2006, and has ever since been attracting attention in all the right places.
On May 12th 2008, they release debut single ‘Falling’ as 7” on Bloody Awful Poetry records, produced by Phil Vinall (Radiohead , Pulp, Placebo, Elastica.) Aside from the single release party on 28th April at Madam Jo Jo’s, a series of other live shows and in-store performances across the UK and London will celebrate the release.
The story so far: cutting their teeth in the few live music venues that Pittsburgh had to offer, an article ran in a local music magazine ‘The Front’, which talked of the Pittsburgh music scene’s demise, and cried out to any talented bands: ‘get out now! Move to New York, move to LA!’ The piece led with a picture of The Outside Royalty.
Luckily for the UK public, they chose none of the above, arriving recently in London with four original members remaining. Tony Visconti, who was corresponding with Adam at the time, warned of the perils of London living – saying they’d need a “bucket full of money and a barrel full of work visas” to make it work. Having neither, they set off regardless – following little more than a “gut feeling”. After picking up a new bassist and cellist, and despite all living under each other’s feet in a drafty Victorian terrace just off the Archway Road, they remain intact and making highly revered music.
They’ve played with Babyshambles, The Duke Spirit, Juliette & the Licks, Spinto Band, The Shins, Good Shoes, toured with The Young Knives , been championed by Colin Murray with repeated spins on Radio 1, and had two sellout Club NME shows at Koko. Along with this, guest musician Rick Nelson from Polyphonic Spree has featured live with the band on numerous occasions.
With such a storming live show to boot, it’s time for the The Outside Royalty to be invited in.
The Outside Royalty are: Adam Billing (Vox/Guitars), Echo Wu (Violin), Frederique LeGrande (Cello), Paul Crawford-Smith (Bass), Eizan Miyamoto (Synths), Brandon Paluzzi (Drums/Percission).
“Highly charged, frenetic and emotionally wrought… they have the driving mo-mo-mo-mentum of early Roxy Music.”
“I fell in love with it immediately… How are these guys not signed?!”
Colin Murray, Radio 1
“The Outside Royalty are on the way up.”
“The most engaging band I have ever witnessed.”
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