Brisbane's 'nice' guys of Heavy Blues are back in 2018 with new music and and some solid touring in support a soon-to-be-released EP, the band's first new music in quite some time. 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 has seen an evolution to duo-mode over the last year, 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 John Garcia, Red Fang, Butterfingers, Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, Hobo Magic, The Dead Love and CHILD along with having Rock legend Nick Oliveri (QOTSA/Kyuss) share the stage with the band at last year's Mojo Burning Festival in Brisbane.
The Royal Artillery hit the road throughout October in support of a new single 'Shake Your Money Maker, visiting multiple cities on a national run with pedal to the metal. The tour and release train will roll on throughout the rest of the year with the band releasing a second single and throwing down on another road jaunt around the country in support.
Agnes Blues and Roots l Sydney Blues and Roots Festival | Mojo Burning Festival l Pigapalooza l Devils Kitchen l Rock'n'Roll Dungeon l WizardFest l Airlie Beach Music Festival l Dead of Winter Festival | Brisbane Alternative Market l Blues Rock Fest | Throttle Roll Festival
Mudgee Meltdown | Lagerfest | Jacarok
"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)
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