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
Photo Credit: Henry Engelbrecht
– Hey, yeah all good and yourself? We’re 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, we’ve 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 didn’t 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 (I’ve lost count) and then Max’s 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?
MA:Where do you guys take inspiration from in your “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 there’s roughly 3 accessible venues in and around Jo’burg and the rest are either way too far away, don’t 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’ g
Also, we’d 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?
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?
MA: Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?
– We’ve actually just released a new song called ‘The Bullfight’ that we recorded with Levon Lock, from The Ts&Cs, at Big House Studio – that’s 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 aren’t 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 we’ll have an EP title by then. Hopefully.
MA: Where can we follow you on Social media?