[interview] Catch Raygun Royale at Park Acoustics – Sat 26th Nov

[interview] Catch Raygun Royale at Park Acoustics - Sat 26th Nov

This Saturday is the finale of Park Acoustics 2016 and what a show they have for us!! Always known as the biggest Park Acoustics of the year, November brings the heat and the holiday feeling is in the air. Make sure you come out this Saturday for this one, its going to get mental. One of the acts playing this year is JHB based Rock n Roll band, Raygun Royale.

Raygun Royale is a three-piece Rock’n Roll outfit, based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Their sound is one that shakes rooms and rattles bones. They are dirty, grit, garage rock’n roll with a stage presence which follows suit. They have taken traditional influences such as Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and Queens of the Stone Age and filtered the sound through the new wave sound of The Hives, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Bass Drum of Death and DZ Deathrays which leaves the listener with a groovy melody coupled with a thunderous and driving bottom end.

Since the band’s inception in late 2014 they have released one EP called ‘Night of the Moths’ (Released: 4 April 2015) which is a 3 track EP available on Bandcamp and Soundcloud for free download. In late 2015, the boys went back into studio to record their latest EP called ‘Electric Tiger Thugs’ which is due for release in May 2016. The EP is self-produced by the band with mixing and mastering being done by Jethro ‘The Baker’ Lock. The first single from Electric Tiger Thugs, ‘Side to Side’, being released at the beginning of February 2016. Raygun Royale is also currently endorsed by Marshall Music SA.

The Band is comprised of 3 distinct personalities:
Max Schomburg – Drums
Ryan Deacon – Bass/Vox
Joshua Rogers – Guitar/Vox

We are Raygun Royale and we are here to bust your biscuit!

Interview: Raygun Royale

[interview] Catch Raygun Royale at Park Acoustics - Sat 26th Nov

Photo Credit: Henry Engelbrecht

 MA: Hi guys… it is such a pleasure to be featuring you guys on the site!! Is everyone doing well today? 

– Hey, yeah all good and yourself? Were stoked to be featured 

MA: Before we get started, can you please introduce us to the members of Raygun Royale, tell us where you come from in SA, and give us a short background on how you came together to form the band?

– So, Ryan Deacon plays bass and does backing vocals, Max Schomburg is our drummer and Joshua Rogers on guitar and lead vocals. Our history is anything but brief (haha) but I will try to keep it short.

As a trio, weve only been together a little over a year however, I (Josh) founded the band in late 2014 and then in April of 2015 the old bassist and drummer left and then Ryan joined me but we didnt actually find a permanent drummer for a while – I think between May and October last year we went through about 4 or 5 different drummers (Ive lost count) and then Maxs old band (Alright, Goodnight) broke up and we were homies with all those guys so we just asked him to join us for one show or two till we found someone else and he just kept on pitching up to practices and shows. So we decided to put a ring on it and make it official and the rest is history.

MA: Can you give us a short background on the name Raygun Royale?

– The name actually came from the original drummer (Keagan Kruger) and myself sitting outside of the Wits cafe, thinking of what a Han Solo would call his blaster. We came across Raygun Royale” and just had to form a band to use the name.

MA:Where do you guys take inspiration from in your sound?


– We all have very eclectic music tastes. We listen to a lot of hip-hop and synth pop and even drumn bass. However, we all have roots in rockn roll and skate punk so there would always be a base element of that loud, fast, aggressive, beautiful stuff. But, recently (especially) weve been trying to add in more of our other influences into our songs. So the older stuff, Id say, is a lot more hard hitting and in your face but the new songs I feel have much more of a groove and an all in all, fuller sound. 

MA: How would you describe your music in 5 words?

– Space cowboys riding lightning tigers

MA: What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently? 

– The scene is more alive than it has ever been! And the best part is that its just going to keep on growing – its exciting. The only issue, I think all the bands face is the lack of decent venues. I mean theres roughly 3 accessible venues in and around Joburg and the rest are either way too far away, dont necessarily cater to bands or are more interested in bar sales than they are in helping the local scene.

This has however given rise to bands throwing parties in arbitrary places that have led to some of the coolest underground/secret’ gigs – like the last DANK which Boxer hosted at Pirates Bowling Club was amazing – and theres a few house parties that have also hosted bands which are always rad. But there is definitely a cry for more accessible venues, like the Good Luck Bar or Arcade Empire, within the scene.

Also, wed love to see more collaborations between bands – The Ts&Cs and Hellcats just dropped a wild track called So Low’ (mind blowing!) and Black Cat Bones and BCUC were meant to do a joint set at A Place in the Sun – we need more of that! A sense of community is what will keep the scene going.

MA: Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?

– SO MANY! Wow, toughest question yet. There are so many bands around that work so hard and we feel a mixture of emotions about every time we hear them (somewhere between band envy and just pure joy). Hellcats – who knew two people could make so much noise and emit that much badassery!? SOL GEMS have just grown and grown and Im pretty sure are set to take over the world any day now. Go Barefoot have also just taken the scene by storm and have shown no signs of stopping. BCUC – just the sweetest people doing what they love and it shows in their performances and their music. Also Boxer, Josh Kempen, The Tazers, The Ts&Cs, We Are Charlie, Tidal Waves… The list just goes on and on
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MA: You are part of the amazing line up for the last Park Acoustics of the year… are you guys excited for this gig? What can we expect from your set?

– Jeez! Excited would be an understatement! It feels like our first gig all over again – were rattling with elation but there is also a polite pressure to perform, which in a way is keeping us grounded, but we are basically one Red Bull away from bouncing off the walls. We have a few tricks up our sleeves for this gig; weve invited another musician (or two) to come and play with us and its sounding pretty gosh-darn awesome. But thats all I can say for now, Ive already said too much

MA: Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?

– Weve actually just released a new song called The Bullfight’ that we recorded with Levon Lock, from The Ts&Cs, at Big House Studio – thats available on iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Deezer, Shazam and all that good stuff.

We also have a new 5 track EP dropping on 14 February next year which we recorded with Nic Dinnie, of Desmond and the Tutus and Float Parade, at Pop Filter Studios in September. We arent settled on a name for it yet, but we will be dropping a music video for the single off the EP called Junkies Know Best, shot by our homie Yeshiel Panchia, mid-December/early-January and well have an EP title by then. Hopefully.

MA: Where can we follow you on Social media?

– Were on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud – all the standards. Just remember the E” on the end of Raygun Royale when you search, and you will find us.

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