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Long Island quartet The Royal Guard blends modern rock tenets with crafty pop sensibilities and a lingering punk rock attitude (“Yesterday”) on their 12-track offering SHOWDOWN. Comprised of seasoned veterans who have seen their share of stages around the world, this squad demonstrates a knack for laying down shamelessly catchy hook-laden radio ready jams (“Beginning or The End”, “Happiness”) yet possesses the skill to just as easily throw down a hearty helping of substantial musicianship a la Queen and Muse as well (“All Out War”). Melding a wealth of emotional firepower with a flurry of serious musical chops, The Royal Guard has developed a stylish yet visceral sound for an audience that enjoys well-crafted songs with a discernibly energetic edge. -MikeSOS
- Mike SOS