Sunday, July 21, 2024

Split Single from Royal Autumn

Following the release of their Life Is Strangely Accidental album in late February, the eclectic rock project known as Royal Autumn has released a split single, with ‘Say Goodbye‘ & club remix of ‘I’ve Got A Hold On You‘, out now. 

Speaking about the single release, vocalist Neill Marshall said; “We recognised ‘Say Goodbye’ as a single early on, but it ended up being number four for a couple of reasons. ‘Take It To The Grave’ was released first, prior to the album coming out as a bite-sized sample, simply due to its length, ‘L.I.S.A’ second due to its accessibility and the fact we had filmed a ‘Stripped’ live video for it, ‘Thin & Blond’ was always the big music video to be released in tandem with the album itself, as it was the most visual song, so even though ‘Say Goodbye’ is maybe the most catchy track, it got bumped to fourth.

“We opted to do a fun B-side just to make the release a little more flavourful, the album is now 2.5 months old, so we thought a new music vid AND a remix would be exciting to throw out there. I’ve Got A Hold On You‘ was chosen as it’s always straddled the line between synth song or rock song – The slbum version is a bop, but now we get to unleash it as a fully-realised club banger.”

You can check out the video for ‘Say Goodbye‘ here at RAMzine.

The follow-up to 2018’s Music For The Bourgeoisie EP from the Dublin-based five-piece, the impact of covid lockdown in 2020, found the band with unexpected extra time on their hands, and began working ton new material, cultivating countless tracks that eventually became Life Is Strangely Accidental.

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

Tracks featured on the new album are: ‘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’, ‘Lifetime’, ‘Bloody Tree’ and ‘Say Goodbye’.

Discussing previous single ‘Thin And Blond’ further vocalist Neill Marshall said: “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 duelling guitar vibrato/bends and we picked up the pace, added a disco verse and 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.”

You can also check out the video for ‘Thin And Blond’ here at RAMzine.

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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