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Royal Streets create layers of pop

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There were almost more people on stage then there were in the audience as Kitchener Waterloo based indie pop band Royal Streets visRoyal Streets playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge. photo by Richard Ameryited the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 3.

Of course it was a Wednesday night and there were seven band members on stage playing guitars, drums, bass and keyboards as well as adding  subtle vocal harmonies.
 I arrived at the end of their first set and had to wait for a while before they began their second set.

 They are touring in support of their new single “ Champagne Floats” which they saved until the end of a perky, upbeat, pop filled show.

 They played uptempo indie rock along the lines of Said The Whale with a touch of the Police plus elements of Teagan and Sarah and some sultry Serena Ryder so there were plenty of  chiming, ambient guitars and catchy keyboard hooks.

Frontman Eric Stirtzinger and Julia Bannard sang most of the lead vocals with the other band members chiming in background vocals.

The duo started the second set on their own playing a couple of covers from Angus Stone and George Ezra, for which they tried to get the audience, who had grown to 20 by then, to sing along.

 They played a solid set of easy-going, soothing, hypnotic music. which started slow and built up to an intense crescendo.

 They also introduced a couple of extended jams on new songs including Killing Flowers before winding their set down with the new single Champagne Floats and one other song.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 12 February 2016 01:12 )  
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