First Listen: Eden Royals – Close to the Sun
Eden Royals are a dynamic young band that have been shaking up Essex’ music scene and are now ready to take over the rest of the country and beyond with their new single ‘Close To The Sun’.
Having shared a stage with bands like Bastille, Rudimental, The Cribs or The Fat White Family at Liverpool Sound City last year, the four-piece is on a steady climb upwards and it seems like the music industry is more than ready for it. Music journalist Luke Traynor from the Liverpool Echo expressed his astonishment in a tweet stating that Eden Royals put on the “best set of Sound City Sunday”, describing their music as “cracking jangly stuff”. They were also named one of The Daily Mirror’s top bands for the festival in 2015.
With their upcoming single release ‘Close To The Sun’, Eden Royals have created an exhilaratingly addictive track that contributes to a soundtrack of our times by taking up indie rock influences from the mid-noughties and wrapping them up into a riveting musical energy blast. The song has already earned support from BBC Introducing Essex.
With an eclectic set of musical influences ranging from bands like Foals to Whitest Boy Alive or INXS and Chic, the band represents all that’s good about indie music: its drive for diversity and catchy tunes.
The song describes a day to day ‘getting by lifestyle’ that many musicians at the early stages of their career know all too well. “Kenny and Lloyd made the first demo in Lloyd’s shed where they spent most of their musical relationship writing and recording. ‘Close To The Sun’ was the first track and the one that eventually got signed”. The story about how the band got signed is rather unusual. It was Kenny’s next door neighbour became aware of their music. As luck would have it, he turned out to own a label in the US for many years was just about to open a new label in the UK called Cutmore Records. Having lived side by side for many years, Kenny wasn’t aware that the door to the music industry was in fact just over the fence. However, he believes that this gave the band the time they needed to develop their sound. He remembers: “We were finding our feet for a long time.”
Before forming Eden Royals, some of the band members have had various different musical background stories. Singer Lloyd appears in the music videos to Paul McCartney’s ‘Queenie Eye’ and Pete Doherty’s ‘Last Of The English Roses’. His dad also used to be in a Punk Band which was renowned for having had a regular following of the West Ham United hooligan group ICF. Bassist John used to be in a Beatles tribute band called The Day Trippers and Sean has experienced as an audio engineer.
The Single ‘Close To The Sun’ is out on 1st April 2016.
“Fantastic hypnotic groove coupled with a great vocal and when the drums kick in it takes it out there” – Stevie Watt, Drygate Radio
“Simply astounding” – Trevor Farrand, All FM
“A great debut” – DJ Lamp, Radio Reverb