Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal: Singles 2010-2018

Vacilando 68 Recordings


Out now

Twenty two infectious doses of straight-up energy-pop that sound like classics, from the Lamacq-favoured Medway four-piece who we truly ought to know much more about: a have to for any one who appreciates wonderful British guitar pop with a mod-ish undertone. 

Listening to the twenty two brilliant singles by Theatre Royal, a couple of factors run by means of my head. Firstly, why the fuck are they not truly renowned? These are the type of songs that shout “classic” at you, virtually on initially play. And secondly, there’s that notion that wonderful pop music can nonetheless be a gorgeous issue. You know, like when very good stuff nonetheless got in the charts. A basic notion, but it is blatantly apparent that had this lot been about in the ’80s or ’90s, and with some funds behind them, most of these songs would have been firmly imprinted on our minds by now. Obviously for the final couple of decades, something industrial or radio-friendly is the spawn of the fucking Devil. But it wasn’t often like that, was it?

Steve Lamacq referred to them as “the paisley-shirted sound of the Medway Towns meets the West-Coast of the States,” and the band lists Love, The Kinks, The Beatles, Shack, The La’s, The Extended Weekend, Billy Childish and Neil Young as influences. All I Need reminds me of Arthur-era The Kinks, crossed with Revolver-era Beatles – sheer melodic pop genius, intelligent lyrics with brilliant harmonies. The identical can be mentioned for the whole collection. Have a listen to What Was That Sound. I’ll inform you what: it is a sound that is often been there. It is a very good issue, let it in.

Theatre Royal is Oliver (vocals, guitar), Robert (guitar, vocals), Jon (drums) and Brendan (bass). Stick on Singles 2010-2018 by Theatre Royal and make British guitar pop wonderful once again.

So…what have we learnt nowadays? Two factors: pop music does not have to be shit, and we have to listen to Theatre Royal.

You can acquire Singles 2010-2018 on Bandcamp Verify them on Facebook with much more information on their web site. 

Theatre Royal play The Lexington, London on November 9th.


Words by Arash Torabi. More writing by Arash can be discovered at his Louder Than War author’s archive.