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Catch the Buzz: U.S. Royalty

D.C. rockers drum up a soulful processional with sliding swagger and a bluesy, Cold War Kids-esque groove.

Larry Fitzmaurice // August 13, 2008

Who? No, they’re not a supergroup featuring members of the Clinton and Bush families — that wouldn’t make for very compelling rock music (although Bill does plays a mean sax). Instead, U.S. Royalty is (fittingly) a Washington, D.C.-based outfit that specializes in swaggering, soul-infused indie rock; imagine Cold War Kids if you replaced their pseudo-gospel sermonizing with dizzily descending guitar lines and a brighter outlook on life. With propulsive rhythms destined to move more feet than a parade for a queen, monarchial rule never sounded so good.

Their Latest: U.S. Royalty’s self-released, self-titled debut EP emerged yesterday on iTunes.

Recommended if you like… Cold War Kids, Spoon, What Made Milwaukee Famous

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