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Royal Thunder, 2017 Loudwire Music Awards Kickoff Party Performer

Royal Thunder

Royal Thunder are one of the acts set to perform a the Loudwire Music Awards Kickoff Concert, taking place Oct. 23, at The Regent in Los Angeles. The following day, Oct. 24, the Loudwire Music Awards will take place at The Novo in L.A. Tickets for the Kickoff Party are available here, while tickets for the awards show are available here.

Put Royal Thunder on any stage, in any room or feed their heady mix of psych-grunge folk-inflected rock ‘n’ roll through any set of headphones and the Atlanta-based quartet will move you. There’s some music that will just strip you of everything, striking at an emotional core, ensuring you’ll never be the same again and left wondering how you ever lived before hearing it. That is Royal Thunder.

Headed up by the duo of bassist / vocalist Mlny Parsonz and guitarist Josh Weaver, Royal Thunder formed in 2004, honing their sound until the release of their ‘CVI’ debut in 2012. The effort displayed the band’s wide range of influences, making waves in the respective corners that their sound encompassed. While a solid effort, as we’d later find out, the album only foreshadowed where Royal Thunder would head next, driven by Parsonz’s whiskey-soaked, gritty wail that respectfully draws comparison to the dominant pipes of Janis Joplin, along with the musical wanderlust of Weaver and his six strings.

What could immediately be felt was the gut-wrenching passion Royal Thunder put into their craft, which stems from the history shared between the two driving forces of the band. Both Parsonz and Weaver were members of a religious cult, which they broke free from, harnessing their broken frame to deeper channel their experiences on the sophomoric ‘Crooked Doors.’ The psychedelic moments helped to perpetuate the sense of a lost mental state, while the rock-leaning aspects kept the band rooted in rebellion, leaving the past, but still uncertain of the future.

In 2017, Royal Thunder released what many are calling the best album of their ever-promising career. Jangling leads offer some of the few cheerful reprieves on ‘WICK,’ providing a sliver of relief when paired with Parsonz’s tragedy-born vocal ache, plunging listeners to tear-jerking depths of heartache and ruin. This is pain that can’t be faked.

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