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Royal Republic - We Are The Royal

Pete Withers
Pete Withers 15 March 2011 at 09.00

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Overflowing with panache and charm.

Hailing from Malmö, Sweden, it should come as no surprise that Royal Republic owe as much to the high energy, punkedup garage-rock tones of fellow countrymen The Hives as they do to the sinuous dance floor grooves and gonzo humour of their American cousins Electric Six. Indeed, the spirit of the latter resides in almost every track here, from the hilarious “I can see your underwear from down here!” refrain of, um, ‘Underwear’, to the funky strut of ‘Tommy-Gun’. As blatant as its influences are, however, ‘We Are The Royal’ is overflowing with panache and charm, which might just be Royal Republic’s saving grace.

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