The Royal Concept is an indie group from Sweden that fuses rock with dance in the best way possible. With a sound reminiscent of The Strokes, the band has already attracted some attention. They’re likely to blow up soon, so check them out now, and you’ll be able to say you “liked them before they were cool.” Below is a reprint of an interview we conducted with the band over email. The answers are reproduced exactly as we received them.
1. How did you guys come together?
Filip met David and they met Magnus and we walked up to Povel who was sort of a famous drummer for Robyn and asked if he could record our next record, and he said yes, and then we were very sweet to him and tricked him into joining the band. It was a very smart move.
2. I understand you’re from Sweden. Do you notice any significant differences between the indie rock scene there, and the scene in the United States?
Swedes are more arty and “difficult”, non-commercial, hipster..er and US indy is more rootsy, based in blues and “real” I guess. Could this be right? Scandinavian indie is now more electronic than before, not so much garage, everyone you meet in certain parts of Stockholm is a dj. We’re longing for some bands again…
3. How do you go about writing your songs? They all have an undeniable groove. Did you consciously try to combine rock with dance, or was that just the natural product?
Really glad you see this thing with our little band. That’s exactly what we strive for, a combination between the physical, sweaty, flesh and blood guitars, drums, bass, and the groove and even trance that you can experience in dance music.
4. Your full-length is due out in October. How do you guys feel about it?
Very, very, very exited and hopeful. Every part of that album is about things that mattered to us growing up. They’re often true stories, often funny and sad at the same time.
5. Do you have any plans for what you want to do next?
We’re staying in The States till November, going on tour with Wolf Gang and will be knocking on every radio station door in the country. After that we’ll do Europe and Asia.
6. In all your travels, what’s been your favorite place to perform?
Povel played with Robyn at Hollywood Bowl and he goes on and on about that, so I guess that’s all our favorite place to perform, as we have to do as Povel say because he’s the oldest of us. But we’re really exited to play at The Troubadour Aug 19th, so that might be a favorite place in the end, if Povel agrees.
7. Do you have anything else you’d like to say?
Thank you for spreading the word about us, and to all new listeners we want to say: thanks for listening and please reach out to us.We’ll give you our love. And don’t miss our shows, they’re phenomenal.
I’ve also included the music video for “Gimme Twice,” a track off the band’s EP. Give it a listen.