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Save The Nation
Written by: PP on 02/10/2012 06:01:38
Every once in a while a rock band kicks off from Sweden into international fame. By signing to Roadrunner, Royal Republic are arguably the next one to break through, especially because their garage tuned alternative rock on sophomore album "Save The Nation" sounds like The Hives on steroids. That's right, Royal Republic take the already high-energy garage punk approach of The Hives and top it with a boatload of power rock, a term I just invented to emphasize the sheer onslaught of intense energy the band puts up throughout the record.
But more specifically, Royal Republic sound like they're in the middle of a love triangle consisting of The Hives, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Australian rockers Jet. From the latter, the band borrow their groove ("Make Love Not War" is almost identical to "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"), from QOTSA, their occasionally droning stoner riffs ("You Ain't Nobody 'Til Somebody Hates You" and "Addictive"), and from The Hives, obviously the garage punk undertones that are constantly audible from underneath the band's energetic take on alternative rock. It's a fresh sound that refuses to take no for an answer, forcing its way into your memory through super catchy tracks like "Be My Baby" (classic Hives here) and the stoner-inspired "Addictive".
The one problem I see with "Save The Nation" though is actually also one of its biggest upsides: it so relentlessly energetic and bouncy that it gets tiring after a while as the band has exactly two speeds: fast, and rocket-fueled. They don't let go even for a moment, smacking power melody after power melody at its listener, so even though the songs are catchy, they are in dire need of some space to breathe.
Download: Save The Nation, Be My Baby, Addictive
For the fans of: The Hives, Queens Of The Stone Age, Jet, Danko Jones, The White Stripes
Release date 03.09.2012
Warner / Roadrunner