About the Artist: This is the latest CD entitled Showdown from New York 3 piece Rock Band The Royal Guard.
Meet the Band: Todd Davidson (vocals/guitar); Andy Ascolese (guitar, vocals) and Fred Scragg (drums). FACEBOOK – http://www.facebook.com/theroyalguard
Review: I have to say I was extremely impressed with the opening 3 tracks “All Out War” , “Happy” and “Yesterday”. They made quite the impression and each one possessed my full and unadulterated attention. To be honest: I expected cheesy Sing Songy Rock that was extremely predictable and shallow in nature — compatible for a mass audience. Well shame on me! What I discovered was actually quite the opposite. The whole CD is wonderfully conservative yet full of what I would call positive energy with music that appeals to so many different senses on so many different levels. It reminds me a bit of Foo Fighters, The White Stripes, Weezer and even The Strokes. I can also hear the slight Surf Punk influence in there as well like say Red Hot Chili Peppers. What I really like about The Royal Guard is there is no attempt to deliver what I call over the top pop, cheezy music with young faces via top flight sampling, cookie cutter songwriting via a mix that sounds more like a commercial than a piece of music. None of that here. In-fact this CD appeals to both advanced and novice listeners alike. Whatever kind of listening level you’re on – some will identify with things while others will not. Like a three layered cake The Royal Guard is one band that has a lot of depth and verity. Weather it’s musically, lyrically, inspirationally, emotionally, spiritually – if you feel like music is taking us in the wrong direction than rest assured The Royal Guard is taking us back in the right direction with their Our Summer musical sampler.
Conclusion: The Royal Guard will affirm your faith in music again. These 3 represent all that is good in music and their latest CD Showdown delivers a highly passionate 11 track catalog via top flight musicianship, amazing songwriting and music that covers all the bases: Pop, Alternative Rock, and Punk.
By Michael Keith edited by Rory Richardson[Rating: 4.5/5]