It’s not very often that a band appears on the music scene, one hundred per cent ‘ready.’
Rochester band Theatre Royal are one .
I have been banging about them from virtually day one, and now, ahead of their fifth album release, due early next year, they have confirmed my faith with their excellent new ‘Incidental Friend‘ EP.
The four tracks will be drip-released over the next three weeks, with the title track available from today (1st November.)
Theatre Royal have never really strayed from what they do best – clear, melodic harmonies with hooky choruses and thoughtful lyrics. Their songs have the knack of immediacy, without being in your face, as such. And ‘Incidental Friend’ is no different in that regard.
Although I have said they arrived ‘one hundred percent ready,’ there has always been a natural progression, and this track shows a further maturity. It somehow feel just a little bit more polished; a little bit more relaxed in the delivery – like this is a band who appreciate their strengths and know where they want to sit in whole scheme of things. A band confident in their skin.
Look – it’s not just me. If blokes like Steve Lamaq dig them, then I need say no more.
Go check ’em out.