Royal Bangs performing at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on April 17, 2010
|Origin||Knoxville, Tennessee, USA|
|Labels||Audio Eagle Records City Slang Glassnote Music|
|Past members||Joseph Gillenwater
While attending high school in 2001, Schaefer and Rusk began performing together and using the moniker Royal Bangs when Stratton joined in 2005. The band recorded We Breed Champions in their basement preceding Schaefer's departure to France and an indefinite hiatus. During the time apart, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys discovered the band on myspace and signed them. Royal Bangs released their debut LP We Breed Champions in 2008 through Carney's independent Audio Eagle Records.
The following year, German label City Slang released the album in Europe where British music publication Uncut (magazine) described the record as "one smart and super-confident package, rather like a chirpier, younger, less navel-gazing Radiohead."
Their second LP "Let It Beep" was released in fall of 2009 by both Audio Eagle Records and City Slang. BBC Music editor, Mike Diver, reviewed the record, describing it as "varied but never lacking cohesion, Let It Beep is a charming and entirely unforeseen hit for tastes demanding their rock a little rough-hewn and happily unaffected. That it makes KoL (Kings of Leon) sound as sonically redundant as U2 and Oasis is merely an accidental bonus."
Royal Bangs made their TV network debut on the Late Show with David Letterman on Friday, April 1, 2011.
In Spring of 2012, Royal Bangs made an addition to their lineup by bringing Dylan Dawkins to play bass guitar.
- Shani Silver, Radiofreechicago.typepad.com, Radio Free Chicago, October 6, 2010.
- Lowri Jenkins, Clashmusic.com, Clash Magazine, January 1, 2009.
- Ceiri O'Driscoll, Musicomh.com, Music OHM, April 2, 2009.
- Peter Shepherd, Audioeaglerecords.com, Uncut Magazine, April 2009
- Mike Diver, BBC.co.uk, BBC Music, November 2009
- Peter Menniti, Baeblemusic.com, Baeble, September 2010
- Baeblemusic.com, Baeble, January 2011
- Austin Scaggs, Rollingstone.com, Rolling Stone: Smoking Section, July 21, 2008.
- John D. Luerssen, Rollingstone.com, "Royal Bangs Battle Attacking Balloons in 'Better Run' – Premiere," June 24, 2013.