Hailing from Nevada, it should come as no surprise that Palaye Royale are all about the excess. Theatrics are a second nature to the trio, who describe themselves as a “fashion-art rock band” and are the apples that haven’t fallen far from the tree that is the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Doors and The Sex Pistols. On the rise with past shows including support slots for Andy Black and Good Charlotte, Palaye Royale’s first headline show outside of North America was fittingly in Camden, home of misfit, alternative culture.
Camden Assembly, formerly known as Barfly, is one of London’s few remaining independent venues that is large enough to host international acts but still retains an element of intimacy so that fans can get right up close with the artists they’re seeing. This was then of course the case for Palaye Royale and their audience, who for the most part were young girls in that awkward “everything must be black and red” stage.
Last year Palaye Royale released their debut album, Boom Boom Room, on Sumerian Records— a label usually reserved for bands of a much heavier calibre. The band soon proved they were worth the effort though and just over a year later it was nothing short of mesmerizing to watch the trio of brothers play to a London crowd. Tracks from the album such as ‘My Youth Generation’ and ‘Where Is The Boom?’ had the small but clearly quite devout audience going wild.
They’re not quite as refined as the have the potential to be, but with that being said they have plenty of time ahead of them to fine tune. Palaye Royale are an interesting addition to a music scene saturated by pop punk and so it will certainly be wise to watch them as they grow. Their performance at Camden Assembly truly was the start of something wonderful, established not only by the way all three of them commanded the stage but also the way they interacted with those before them.