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INTERVIEW: Royal & Toulouse

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi, thanks for reaching out. We are doing well and keeping busy with shows in preparation for our album release in July.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “No Direction”?

This was a song that Milyn brought to rehearsal. She came up with the hook while driving in traffic. The band wrote the song around her melody. The verses were co-written by North Carolina poet, Mat Gould.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

“I feel like I was simply a vessel for this song. I have moved every few years of my life and always end up back in Alabama so it is a bit of a story, however the chorus came to me so suddenly I have a hard time taking full credit.” -Milyn (vocals/lyrics)

How was the film experience?

We filmed on location in our Airstream in Nashville and worked with filmmaker, Joshua Shoemaker. He has such a great eye and is a delight to work with.

The single comes off your new album Shake That Reputation – what’s the story behind the title?

Our band has seen a lot of incarnations and we are shaking off all of the old and welcoming the new.

How was the recording and writing process?

Ricky and Milyn have always done all the writing but with this record it’s been a time of growth learning how to incorporate Dylan and Christian into the process. Several of the songs were written before the boys (Dylan and Christian) joined the group but they added a much needed flavor to what was already there. All recording took place at 2734 Central with Les Nuby. We recorded half of the record late 2015 over a span of 3 days and finished in 4 days this month.

Did South played a role in your sound?

Yes, a big part of our sound is influenced by the Delta blues and a lot of our songs are about the south. It’s where we come from, it’s in our blood, it’s in our sound.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Milyn wrote all of the lyrics and collaborated with Mat Gould on a couple of the songs. Life stories inspire her songs.

Any plans to hit the road?

JANUARY 15TH – CIRCLE BAR – NEW ORLEANS, LA
JANUARY 16TH – LAST CONCERT CAFE – HOUSTON, TX
FEBRUARY 5TH – EGAN’S BAR – TUSCALOOSA, AL
FEBRUARY 6TH – VINTAGE 1889 – FORT PAYNE, AL
FEBRUARY 26TH – THE NICK – BIRMINGHAM, AL
MARCH 5TH – RHYTHM & RIBS FESTIVAL – TIFTON, GA
MARCH 5TH – BOCA FIESTA – GAINESVILLE, FL
MARCH 6TH – THE SIDEBAR THEATRE – TALLAHASSEE, FL
APRIL 2ND – BLACKSTONE – GADSDEN, AL
APRIL 15TH – THE FUNKY BLUES SHACK -DESTIN, FL
MAY 5TH – TRIM TAB – BIRMINGHAM, AL
MAY 12TH – CUKORAKKO FESTIVAL – STEELE, AL
MAY 15TH + 27TH – SATURN – BIRMINGHAM, AL
MAY 28TH – FINSTER FEST – SUMMERVILLE, GA
JUNE 7TH, 14TH, 21ST – THE NICK – BIRMINGHAM, AL
JUNE 24TH – STRAIGHT TO ALE – HUNTSVILLE, AL
JULY 20TH – TBA – WILMINGTON, NC
JULY 21ST -FESTIVAL TBA – WILMINGTON, DE
JULY 22ND – BUSHWICK PUBLIC HOUSE – BROOKLYN, NY
JULY 23RD – ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL – MANHATTAN, NY
AUGUST 13TH – GREEN DOOR MUSIC HALL – FORT WALTON BEACH, FL
SEPTEMBER 17TH -FESTIVAL TBA – FORT PAYNE, AL
OCTOBER 15TH – FESTIVAL TBA – STEELE, AL
OCTOBER 22ND – EGAN’S BAR – TUSCALOOSA, AL

What else is happening next in Royal & Toulouse’s world?

We are in love with our album cover!! It is a blind contour drawing of a live show done by Kayti Didriksen (www.drawscrowds.com). The completed painting (file attached) is 48″ x 60″.

“No Direction” video by Joshua Shoemaker

https://youtu.be/WT4OJwaSCUM

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, play guitar, music geek, movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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