Brisbane's 'nice' guys of Heavy Blues are back in 2017 with new music and and some solid touring in support of debut single 'I Don't Need To Know Your Name'. The Royal Artillery bring a renewed approach to the White Stripes / Black Keys school of blues-rock duo, marrying those catchy and groovy aspects with stiffer and heavier sounds. The smoke-and-mirrors tactics adopted by many of their contemporary counterparts have been banished, with the band throwing down a mammoth live vibe, often lost in the digital age.
TRA had planned to work with reputable producer Magoo in 2016 but last minute lineup changes saw their evolution to a duo, culminating in a new approach and an entirely new live-set. Frontman and founding band member Zed Charles has led the band through the transtition, re-affirming the act's live presence on the festival scene (Wollombi Music Festival, Dead of Winter, Mojo Burning) and in Brisbane, notching up select plays on Triple J, charting in the 4ZZZ Hot 100 and winning Crowbar's 'So You Think You Can Shred' guitar competition.
The duo have also supported the likes of Butterfingers, Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, Hobo Magic, The Dead Love and CHILD this year alone, along with having Rock legend Nick Oliveri (QOTSA/Kyuss) share the stage with the band at this year's Mojo Burning Festival in Brisbane.
"The Royal Artillery kills." Nick Oliveri (QOTSA/Kyuss)
“What Jimi Hendrix would sound like if he was still alive today” Mos Eisley (German Blog)
"Awesome… Love the dirty Blues riffs and the super amount of energy!"
Sarah Howells (Triple J Radio)
The Royal Artillery hit the road throughout August in support of the new track, visiting multiple cities on a national run with fellow Brisbane act Elko Fields. The tour and release train will roll on through September as well with the band releasing a second LP single and throwing down on another road jaunt around the country in support.
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