Photo © Jimmy Hubbard

    July 7th, 2017
                     The Curtain Club                  
   Dallas, Texas

~A Cherri Bird Review

Asking me to go see ROYAL THUNDER and to do a Show Review is silly because the answer will be, now and forever, a Big Fat Greek YES! ROYAL THUNDER is a 4 piece rock band from Georgia that has of late, gained a ton of ground from their April 2017 release of the LP “WICK” via Spinefarm Records, finished a Spring tour throughout the US with BJORN BORG and made a musical appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series and continues their strong presence in 2017 by playing PSYCHO LAS VEGAS in August and other festivals around the country. 

If you’re not familiar with ROYAL THUNDER, I would tell you that you should go listen to them immediately, hand you my phone where I keep my music, and tell you to go listen to THE SINKING CHAIR, APRIL SHOWERS and PUSH. What comes to mind when I think of describing ROYAL THUNDER is loosely based on a hybrid mix of high-country folk, northern California surf music, and if the essence of Jim Morrison’s lineage could be squeezed into a genetic marker; I would guarantee that each RT member has it within their DNA helix. The essence of sound that only comes along every once in a blue moon or some other kind of miraculous, universal happenstance, 
But I’m not here to tell you how they sound, see that is the beauty of music - it is subjective to so many variables. What I am here to do is to try to convince you to go see them if they’re coming to your area. I mean, that’s the purpose of a show review, right? ROYAL THUNDER was in Dallas with CROBOT and local act ORTHODOX FUZZ last week (July 5, 2017) at THE CURTAIN CLUB in Deep Ellum. I loved the fact that this show only had 3 bands on the bill and that I didn’t have to arrive at the club at 3 PM and set up camp until closing time. 
Now, this night in Deep Ellum, as I walked to the venue, the swampy, summer evening brought a buzz of excitement seeing the band fully rested as this tour with Crobot kicked off here in Dallas kicked off. I was ready to rock! Inside I was trying to cool off at the front of the stage where I have stood for countless shows over the years at THE CURTAIN CLUB and patiently waited. And as the curtain opened, and the first measures blared out from this mighty 4 piece and their music cut into to audience, I could literally feel this anchor of music being dropped into the center of the room that would literally keep anyone in the club from moving for the next 40 minutes. 
I swear, the room was so still and everyone was just gawking at the stage in a trance almost. The band played spot on. Every song whether we knew the words or not was delivered with purpose and after each song it seemed we were in unison with a serious universal rhythm. The first half of their set, ROYAL THUNDER played songs off WICK and the last half was from CROOKED CHAIRS and CVI. MLNYs voice was f’ing epic, even as she reached the upper register of her voice, what came out was strong, perfect and we were all awestruck. I felt like I was being knocked into reality with every song, every truth that was, was for those moments. 
I swear, the hairs on my legs probably grew like 2 centimeters during those 40 minutes because the goosebumps were like making residency all over my body. JOSH reminded me of a wild, orchestral conductor in the way he moved on stage; it was purposeful in guiding the band and the audience to the same place where the music was. It was fucking amazing. 
A couple of friends that work there and see bands all the time and rarely comment about a band’s performance no matter what happens on stage or how good they were. Not the case for ROYAL THUNDER’s show. One person, who I can’t even get to give me a thumb’s up when there’s a good band on stage because they have just seen so many bands, they even commented on my social media how “bad ass” ROYAL THUNDER was. 
You’re going to have to go see them. I mean you just have to. There isn’t any other way to say it than you just must. I know that this might be the last time to catch this band in a club setting so seeing them now, is imperative for your musical soul to be be complete. 

ROYAL THUNDER IS: Miny Parsonz – bass/vocals, Josh Weaver – guitar, Evan Diprima - drums, Will Fiore - guitar 
All photos credited to Cherri Bird - all rights reserved, 2017.

About Cherri Bird
Independent & selective wordsmith spreading the love from artist to fan by way of personal interviews, CD reviews and show reviews to photography and Live show feeds.