VIDEO: US Royalty – Rats

by Winston "Stone" Ford

Disclaimer: Yes people I’m writing about rock music. I’m a sucker for wailing guitars and pounding drums. My 90s alt-rock collection is substantial and I can take you at Guitar Hero. Don’t like it? Sue me.

DC has a long and storied rock history, but you wouldn’t know it.

The area was home to DC punk back in the day, spawning such dudes as Henry Rollins and Dave Grohl. However, the local rock scene in the District today is almost dead, with bands being here today and gone tomorrow, and soft support at local venues.

However, US Royalty is slowly changing that mindset. The band, which dropped onto the scene late last year, combines hard core rock and roll with lead singer John Thornley’s soulful vocals, all done with more swagger than any local band in recent memory.

Their newest video for the track Rats was filmed in a mansion on DC’s 16th Street and is ready made for MTV. Check them out at the Black Cat on August 5th and on their MySpace.

  • Sonya

    Yay for rock music that wasn’t created in a mall or conjured up in the board room of a major record label! I’m glad I finally got to hear something from these cats considering that I hear the name, U.S. Royalty, at least once a week. I wish there were more bands in DC that could keep my attention like them.

  • Stone

    COSIGN on that first sentence.

    These cats are the truth. Their name was mentioned several times when I was down at SXSW. Dudes are going real far.

  • Marcus Dowling

    US Royalty gives me the warm fuzzies I had as a kid with the Black Crowes, and thought I had with the Kings of Leon until they changed their sound. US Royalty is not as truly southern as the Crowes were, or as mainstreamed as Kings of Leon are now. They’re a happy medium. They remind me of a bluesier Three Dog Night. Let’s hope they stay there. That can win.

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