Sunday, April 10
7 pm. Soundlab. 110 Pearl St. (440-5907/bigorbitgallery.org/soundlab). $8.
Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, Royal Bangs were discovered by Patrick Carney of the Black Keys, yet in no way stand stylistically in their benefactor’s shadow. Fronted by singer and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Schaefer, the band carries with it a futuristic dystopian vibe that is more playful than paranoid, an approach that is uniquely their own. Though use of synthesizer is heavy, Chris Rusk’s pointed drumming and Sam Stratton’s assured guitar work bring Royal Bangs’ electronic indie sound closer to classic rock, albeit classic rock that fits snuggly into the modern alternative scene. The band has admitted to being influenced by the Rolling Stones, and their spirited hooks take them past easy musical comparisons to TV on the Radio. Their latest album, Flux Outside, was produced by SUNY Fredonia faculty member and Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann. Soundlab will host their Sunday night (April 10) performance with supporting act Heavy Cream bringing even more excitement to an explosive evening.