Royal Thunder drop in on this week’s show

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Currently out on a North American tour in support of their latest album, this week I catch up with Mlny Parsons and Josh Weaver from Atlanta, Georgia’s finest, Royal Thunder.

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With the release of their third album ‘Wick’ just days before Royal Thunder’s current US tour, I wanted to chat with the band about its formation, inspirations, life on the road and the latest release.
Back in 2004 Josh Weaver and a few friends formed a band which would later take on a series of twists and turns and finally evolve into what we are presented with today Royal Thunder!
Following countless years of extensive touring Royal Thunder paid their dues and perfected their craft out on the road (with an EP, a broken second-hand van and a bag full of homemade merch), the band were picked up by Relapse records in 2010.
The critically acclaimed CVI (Roman numerals for 106) the band had a few more line-up changes and then put together their second album ‘Crooked Doors’. With this album it was clear to see some significant changes in sound however the voice of Mlny still remained as haunting as ever. Royal Thunder’s most recent album ‘Wick’ released April 7th via Spinefarm records continues yet another transition between the albums, and a definite shift in songwriting.
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WICK TRACK LISTING:
1. Burning Tree
2. April Showers
3. Tied
4. We Slipped
5. The Sinking Chair
6. Plans
7. Anchor
8. WICK
9. Push
10. Turnaround
11. The Well
12. We Never Fell Asleep
Foreword; Since I gained my full hearing back at age five, I have heard many things over the years that have moved me emotionally, it’s rare that a single track can have such affects ; ((Iron maiden – Phantom of the Opera, Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing like the latest track April showers, the first single to come off Royal thunder’s latest album….. with a rumble hitting my radar on the ‘Crooked Doors’ album it was the emotionally charged vocals and atmospheric grit from Royal Thunder that propelled me to want to see them live. What I experienced in their live set is nothing I have witnessed before, a band that holds so much passion and belief in what they do, travelling some 12 years now out on the road playing gig after gig these guys have really perfected their craft and ability to understand what (in this case of this night) a support band can bring to fresh eyes.
What the band says:
“WICK is different, a bigger jump as far as our sound goes. But it’s still us — it’s just the sound of Royal Thunder’s evolution,” said Weaver.
“Out of all of the albums, WICK was the hardest one to make. It was a fight, but to hear it now, to see it finished, is so gratifying. Finally, it’s over, it’s amazing to be done with it. I’m looking at it, going, ‘We’re done, it’s over, be free,’” said Parsonz.
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Purson interview on this week’s Barnett’s Brutal Brunch show

Joining me on this week’s show is the psychedelic rock band Purson.

For a band that have only been producing music in the last four years, it’s surprising how far this small collective from London, England have come. With elements from the seventies, combined with a raw and unique kaleidoscope of contemporary rock, Purson have captured a timeless frequency that could be seen as all too familiar to the avid rock fan, yet the band have produced a new spin on the era and forced signatures and melodies that are currently missing in today’s musical climate.

Tune in this week, as I catch up with vocalist Rosalie Cunningham in San Francisco to chat about their support slot on Ghost‘s “Black to the future” tour of the United States. Plus we discuss the bands success and the upcoming new album ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’.

With tracks like “Leaning On A Bear” and “The Contract” it’s hard not to see why Purson made No.15 in Metal Hammer‘s best 50 Albums 2013 and were also nominated for Best New band in Classic Rocks’s 2014 Rock Roll Of Honour held in Los Angeles. With appearances at major festivals including the legendary Roadburn, they have also toured with numerous occult-inspired acts like Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Electric Wizard, Blood Ceremony and Seventies legends Pentagram.

With their well crafted stage presence, it would only seem fit for them to hit the US shores in support of Ghost’s Black to the future tour.

A new single ‘Electric landlady’ has recently been released and is taken from their upcoming new album ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’ which is to be released via Spinefarm Records in Spring 2016.  Check out the video below:

Purson are most certainly a band to keep a close eye on, as they step towards carving themselves a permanent niche in the classic rock circuit.