Royal Republic | Electric Ballroom | 2 March 2016
“Four Swedes walk into a room…” sounds like the setup to a really bad joke, especially when one of them’s wearing a Colonel Sanders bowtie. But saving rock ‘n roll is serious business and Royal Republic waste no time getting down to it.
As they rip into ‘When I See You Dance With Another’ it’s immediately obvious there’s a lot more to the Malmö quartet than that old “three chords and the truth” business. Sure, their snappy, no-nonsense songs are so instantly gratifying that, within 30 seconds, you’re shouting along with all the finesse of a lager-fuelled football supporter. Yes, they deliver those foot-stomping hooks and fist-pumping choruses with such power and precision that you can almost smell the testosterone wafting off the stage. But what really sets these men apart is a self-confident swagger and look-at-me charisma that won’t let you look away.