Royal Headache

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Royal Headache
Background information
OriginSydney, New South Wales, Australia
GenresPunk rock, pub rock, garage punk, garage rock
Years active2008-2013, 2014-2017
LabelsWhat's Your Rupture?
Associated actsShogun & The Sheets, NASHO
WebsiteOfficial site
Past members
  • Tim "Shogun" Wall
  • Lawrence "Law" Hall
  • Gabrielle De Giorgio
  • Joseph "Joe" Sukit
  • Chris "Shortty" Shortt

Royal Headache was an Australian punk rock and garage band from Sydney. The band was formed in 2008 and was composed of Tim "Shogun" Wall (vocals), Lawrence "Law" Hall (guitar), Joseph "Joe" Sukit (bass), Chris "Shortty" Shortt (drums) and Gabrielle de Giorgio (keyboards, organ, percussion, vocals).[1][2][3][4][5][6]

The band released two albums, Royal Headache (2011) and High (2015).

In June 2017, the band announced its dissolution via a post on their Facebook page..[7]


Royal Headache was born in 2008 in a boat shed in Putney, a suburb of Sydney, on the banks of the Parramatta River. It was here that Shortty and Law started jamming. "We just wanted to do something more stripped back," said Shortty of the band's beginnings. He also described it as "[a] back-to-basics rock and roll sensibility".[8]

On a trip to Melbourne's Flip Out festival, they handed out copies of their rough instrumental demo hoping to find a singer, which piqued the interest of Shogun who had known Shortty from the Sydney punk and hardcore scene. Royal Headache's first show was in late January 2009, at a warehouse space called Maggotville.[8]

Royal Headache's first single, "Eloise", was released in 2010.[9]

The group's 2011 self-titled debut album was a big word-of-mouth success for an independent Sydney band not backed by a major label subsidiary.[9] In 2012, the band toured the US in support of the album.[9]

At the AIR Awards of 2012, they were nominated for three awards, winning Best Independent Album.[10][11]

In 2013, the band split and promptly disappeared, refusing record company offers. The band reformed in 2014, and played a handful of sold out shows.[8]

During a performance at the Sydney Opera House, during the Vivid Sydney Festival in May 2015, the band forced to end a performance early after 60 fans storm the stage and were dispersed by police and security guards. An Opera House spokesperson said "Towards the end of the Royal Headache performance, some members of the audience made their way up on stage. Security attended and assisted patrons back to their seats. The performance resumed and the band completed their set."[12]

In August 2015, the group released their second studio album High. Vice Magazine said "In just under 30-minutes the record is short but full of joy and hopelessness with touches of sadness."[8] In response to Vice Magazine's review, lead singer Shogun said "To be honest, they are all sad songs. There's no other reason to write a song. A song for me is someone trying to deal with a rift between themselves and reality. Singing a traditional love ballad to a bunch of Sydney punk kids is one of the most hardcore things you could do. Sing a pretty song to an Australian set of heteronormative people. Miss the mark and you're really in deep shit."[8]

In 2016, both Sukit and Shortt quit the band. The band's performances that year, including the Bad Friday festival and a headlining show at the Factory Theatre, saw a new lineup of Shogun, Law and keyboardist Gabrielle De Giorgio, with two session musicians completing the rhythm section.

In June 2017, the band announced its dissolution via a post on their Facebook page, simply saying: "2008-2017". In 2018, Shogun describes the group's twilight as an "emotional holocaust," and he hasn't spoken to a member of Royal Headache in two years. He also said that he does not "talk to anyone from that period anymore." In 2018, he commenced work with a new band called Shogun & The Sheets.[7]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Royal Headache
  • Released: 2011[8]
  • Label: R.I.P Society (RIP021)
    What's Your Rupture? (WYR0212)
  • Format: CD, LP digital download
  • Released: 21 August 2015[9]
  • Label: Distant & Vague (DAV001)
    What's Your Rupture? (WYR0315)
  • Format: CD, LP digital download

Extended Plays[edit]

Title Details
Royal Headache
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: R.I.P Society (RIP006)
  • Format: 7" LP, digital download
Launch Show Tape
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Royal Headache
  • Format: cassette
2010 Winter Tour
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Royal Headache
  • Format: cassette


As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Album
2010 "Eloise"[9] Royal Headache (EP)
2011 "Surprise" Royal Headache
2013 "Stop and Stare"/"Give it All to Me"[13] non album single
2015 "Carolina"[14] High

Awards and nominations[edit]

AIR Awards[edit]

The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
AIR Awards of 2012[10][11] Royal Headache (themselves) Best Independent Artist Nominated
Breakthrough Independent Artist Nominated
Royal Headache Best Independent Album Won

Australian Music Prize[edit]

The Australian Music Prize (the AMP) is an annual award of $30,000 given to an Australian band or solo artist in recognition of the merit of an album released during the year of award. The commenced in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 High Australian Music Prize Nominated


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  2. ^ Hart, Otis. "First Listen: Royal Headache, 'Royal Headache'". National Public Radio. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Royal Headache". Myspace. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  4. ^ Ray, Austin. "Who Are…Royal Headache". emusic. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  5. ^ Minsker, Evan (18 August 2015). "Royal Headache: High". Pitchfork. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  6. ^ Thompson, Paul (11 May 2012). "Royal Headache: Royal Headache". Pitchfork. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Royal Headache Is Dead, Long Live Shogun". Vice. October 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "On the Couch With Royal Headache". Vice. 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  9. ^ a b c d e "Royal Headache singer Shogun: I'm done with that tantrum about leaving". The guardian. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  10. ^ a b "NOMINATIONS: 2012 Jagermeister Independent Music Awards". Australian Independent Record Labels Association. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  11. ^ a b "History Wins". Australian Independent Record Labels Association. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  12. ^ "Vivid festival: Royal Headache for Opera House after fans invade stage". theguardian. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Stop and Stare / Give it All to Me". Bandcamp. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  14. ^ "Royal Headache "Carolina" (Official Video)". YouTube. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2020.