Adelaide indie-pop band Venice Queens has released their new single ‘Royalty’, capturing an abstract take on our western world’s current political leaders.
‘Royalty’ is the second single released by Venice Queens this year, and adopts a gritty us-against-them bass riff tone right from the start, which Vocalist Sam Little says was the spinal cord of the song.
“Anthony (guitar/vocals) took a lot of inspiration from Queen’s ‘Dragon Attack’ to kick things off, and we went on our way from there,” Sam says.
“There’s always the danger with tracks like this that being so in-your-face, they can lose a bit of their anthemic charm come chorus time, so we made sure the vocals worked the same way”.
After they made the vocals work the same way, Sam says they had a rough melody and decided the track needed to truly stand for something, and stand for something it does.
Taking inspiration from the ‘tumultuous’ world of western politics, the song captures the frustration amongst the younger generation.
“It’s a bit of an abstract take on our current political leaders, coming at the issue as if it’s a toxic relationship — to which I’m sure most of us can relate,” Sam says.
‘Royalty’ was recorded with Simon Kither at Adelaide’s Chapel Lane Studios before it was sent to Adrian Breakspear for mixing and Ben Faggans at Studio 301 for final mastering.
Sam says recording at Chapel Lane Studios was, in one word, mind-blowing.
“It was a fantastic experience all-round; perhaps a little daunting at first, but we were made to feel so welcome, Simon was fantastic from the get-go,” Sam says.
“The studio itself is world-class in terms of fit-out and equipment, but also hallowed ground for rock nerds”.
Venice Queens formed in late 2017, and have since toured the east coast before returning to Adelaide for their largest, and sold out, headline show at the Lion Arts Factory early this year.
In the past almost-three-years, Sam says he is impressed by how the band has been able to remain so close and still be able to write music in such a fluid way.
“I’m also really proud of the four fellas with whom I play, as cheesy as that sounds,” Sam boasts.
“Whether we’re walking out on stage or just jamming together, they never cease to amaze me — it’s perhaps less pride and more How bloody lucky am I?”.