The Malmø band Royal Rebublic don’t believe in guilty pleasures, only pleasures, free of compromise. Since meeting at the Malmö Academy Of Music in 2007, they’ve become Sweden’s one of the most addictive rock’n’roll export, mixing riffy guitars, king-sized tunes and jet-packed beats with their own eclectic tastes and inimitable joie de vivre. Plus the kind of snazzy suits most of their contemporary’s wish they had the balls to pull off. They encapsulate the raw spirit of punk with the hips of James Brown and swaggering braggadocio of James Bond. No wonder they struggle to label themselves! They’ll rock the shit out of you and make you dance like you’ve just won the lottery.
Plenty of people have tried to label Royal Republic. Garage rock, pop rock, kung fu rock and even Chuck Norris rock are all tags that have been devised for their punchy, propulsive brand of rock’n’roll. Now, with the arrival of their new and fourth album Club Majesty, disco rock is one new name for their music. I love the word disco, Adam Grahn says. «I love the word disco but some people will say but you’re a rock band! We’re a band. I never knew what to call us. We’re like, nerds, Grahn cheerfully admits. And we always tried to hide it a little bit, it was always a case of this is not rock and roll, and we were like yeah, but we can sing four-part harmonies, and we can do All These things that your average guitar rock band march not be comfortable to pull off. So what are we so afraid of? Let’s buy reviews those fucking golden sequin jackets and get bouncy!».