Royston Vasie
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Royston Vasie

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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"Debut album launch, Brighton Up Bar, Sydney"

"Royston Vasie are fucking amazing. There really is no other way to describe the way they distil their influences to invoke, incite and ignite a crowd. On the road in support of their long-awaited debut album, Tanah Merah, the songs are teenagers, old enough to be familiar without being stale. You Want It Now and All The Little People both had the crowd dancing with abandon, as their blend of do’s and oh’s brought their pop rock strengths to the fore. Known for their strong bass-led rock style, the balance is remarkable with none of the guitars superfluous, none of the songs filler and none of the ridiculous amount of amps unwarranted in the small band room. The noodling psych jams were tight, and the dual vocalists listed between a crooning Tim Rogers and a manic Craig Nicholls. The band build, stretch and release chord progressions with ease, sucking you into a popclysmic night of head bobbing, shoulder dancing and swaying. Come On closed out the night with additional tambourine and bell-bottomed dancer invading the stage to celebrate the show. A riff and lick love-in." themusic.com.au
- themusic.com.au


"Debut album launch, Brighton Up Bar, Sydney"

"Royston Vasie are fucking amazing. There really is no other way to describe the way they distil their influences to invoke, incite and ignite a crowd. On the road in support of their long-awaited debut album, Tanah Merah, the songs are teenagers, old enough to be familiar without being stale. You Want It Now and All The Little People both had the crowd dancing with abandon, as their blend of do’s and oh’s brought their pop rock strengths to the fore. Known for their strong bass-led rock style, the balance is remarkable with none of the guitars superfluous, none of the songs filler and none of the ridiculous amount of amps unwarranted in the small band room. The noodling psych jams were tight, and the dual vocalists listed between a crooning Tim Rogers and a manic Craig Nicholls. The band build, stretch and release chord progressions with ease, sucking you into a popclysmic night of head bobbing, shoulder dancing and swaying. Come On closed out the night with additional tambourine and bell-bottomed dancer invading the stage to celebrate the show. A riff and lick love-in." themusic.com.au
- themusic.com.au


"Royston Vasie : Welcome To The Pop Boutique"

Even just a quick glance at the slick cover artwork of Royston Vasie’s debut EP leaves the lasting impression of a band with a bright future. The inky simian imagery set on a fresh white background is simple, yet captivating, and wholly professional. As a result it’s immediately apparent that the band mean business. And when this Melbourne rock outfit let loose on opening track and EP namesake Pop Boutique all your assumptions are confirmed. Royston Vasie is definitely a band to keep your eye on.

Welcome To The Pop Boutique boasts four rock tracks of the purest form. For a relatively new band, Royston Vasie’s sound is exceptionally tight and incredibly diverse. The EP is packed tight with the kind of shape-shifting vocals, and catchy hooks that give each song its own individual sound and each stand as a dignified nod to their influences. On the opening track, they channel the punk rock vocals that were ever so popular in the ‘90s and set them to crisp guitars, while second track Wreck Your Health is almost reminiscent of British alt-rock band The Music. Of the four tracks Badlands is the most melodic, and at times our chameleon vocalists sound almost Kurt Cobain-esque. Not a band to peter-out quietly, EP closer Give is a rhythmic rock gem with a smattering of synth. This surely is a track that begs to be played live.

Welcome To The Pop Boutique is full of energy and power, two qualities that many young bands try so hard to capture in their recordings. As a debut EP it is a terribly impressive one, and as a band these gents have a promising future ahead of them. - Beat Magazine


"Royston Vasie : Welcome To The Pop Boutique"

Even just a quick glance at the slick cover artwork of Royston Vasie’s debut EP leaves the lasting impression of a band with a bright future. The inky simian imagery set on a fresh white background is simple, yet captivating, and wholly professional. As a result it’s immediately apparent that the band mean business. And when this Melbourne rock outfit let loose on opening track and EP namesake Pop Boutique all your assumptions are confirmed. Royston Vasie is definitely a band to keep your eye on.

Welcome To The Pop Boutique boasts four rock tracks of the purest form. For a relatively new band, Royston Vasie’s sound is exceptionally tight and incredibly diverse. The EP is packed tight with the kind of shape-shifting vocals, and catchy hooks that give each song its own individual sound and each stand as a dignified nod to their influences. On the opening track, they channel the punk rock vocals that were ever so popular in the ‘90s and set them to crisp guitars, while second track Wreck Your Health is almost reminiscent of British alt-rock band The Music. Of the four tracks Badlands is the most melodic, and at times our chameleon vocalists sound almost Kurt Cobain-esque. Not a band to peter-out quietly, EP closer Give is a rhythmic rock gem with a smattering of synth. This surely is a track that begs to be played live.

Welcome To The Pop Boutique is full of energy and power, two qualities that many young bands try so hard to capture in their recordings. As a debut EP it is a terribly impressive one, and as a band these gents have a promising future ahead of them. - Beat Magazine


"Review of Royston Vasie Live at Cherry Bar"

An innocuous Friday night, 11th March 2011 sees the usual traipse to Cherry for something tasty and popster rockers, Royston Vasie were on the menu (that’s pop hipsters for abbrev.).

Entrees served up were Newbirds and Jackson Firebird, quality appetizers and definite main courses in their own right but something that this reviewer arrived too late to sample.

The RV hit the plate and didn’t let a rather bare showing of diners disappoint them. Instead they lit up the kitchen, firing up a set of spicy riffs and saucy lead breaks with a lashing of melody. A better crowd would have no doubt stirred better flavours from the room and a band that has the potential to gorge on audience love. Nevertheless the laid-back driving sounds of the ultimately earthy rock act, let that tiny slither of blues and roots, sprinklings of generous pub rock spices and heavy pop influence, ground them in authenticity musically. They thundered and boot-slammed their way with through the twists and turns of ‘Pop Boutique’ and ‘Wreck Your Health’ and let the world know that it was damned if it thought they cared what people thought and whether they were going to be anything other than themselves, charging through choruses.

The record this band delivered was undoubtedly superb and a real refreshment of sparkling delight against other bands cooking similar tunes but without the panache. It will be interesting to see whether this band can capitalise on their swarve studio efforts on the live circuit, and just who will try what they’re serving up. The kind of band that given a big stage and a big show will let their music enlarge itself, fill the space and soak up the spilt blood of melody-makers long since past.
- in the street vibe


"Review of Royston Vasie Live at Cherry Bar"

An innocuous Friday night, 11th March 2011 sees the usual traipse to Cherry for something tasty and popster rockers, Royston Vasie were on the menu (that’s pop hipsters for abbrev.).

Entrees served up were Newbirds and Jackson Firebird, quality appetizers and definite main courses in their own right but something that this reviewer arrived too late to sample.

The RV hit the plate and didn’t let a rather bare showing of diners disappoint them. Instead they lit up the kitchen, firing up a set of spicy riffs and saucy lead breaks with a lashing of melody. A better crowd would have no doubt stirred better flavours from the room and a band that has the potential to gorge on audience love. Nevertheless the laid-back driving sounds of the ultimately earthy rock act, let that tiny slither of blues and roots, sprinklings of generous pub rock spices and heavy pop influence, ground them in authenticity musically. They thundered and boot-slammed their way with through the twists and turns of ‘Pop Boutique’ and ‘Wreck Your Health’ and let the world know that it was damned if it thought they cared what people thought and whether they were going to be anything other than themselves, charging through choruses.

The record this band delivered was undoubtedly superb and a real refreshment of sparkling delight against other bands cooking similar tunes but without the panache. It will be interesting to see whether this band can capitalise on their swarve studio efforts on the live circuit, and just who will try what they’re serving up. The kind of band that given a big stage and a big show will let their music enlarge itself, fill the space and soak up the spilt blood of melody-makers long since past.
- in the street vibe


Discography

Tanah Merah LP, Milk! Records 2013
Welcome to the Pop Boutique EP, Shock Records 2011

Come On - Single - Australian Radio Play - Triple J 2013
All The Little People - 3rd most played song on Triple J June 2013
You Want it now - 3rd most played song on Triple J June 2012
That's my girl - Single - Australian Radio Play - Triple J 2011
Wreck your health - Single - Australian Radio Play - Triple J 2010

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Royston Vasie are fucking amazing. There really is no other way to describe the way they distil their influences to invoke, incite and ignite a crowd. Their songs are teenagers, old enough to be familiar without being stale.

'You Want It Now' and 'All The Little People' always get crowds dancing with abandon, as do their blend of do’s and oh’s brought their pop rock strengths to the fore. Known for their strong bass-led rock style, the balance is remarkable with none of the guitar lines superfluous, none of the songs filler and none of the ridiculous amount of amps unwarranted. The noodling psych jams are tight, and the dual vocalists veer between a crooning Tim Rogers and a manic Craig Nicholls. The band build, stretch and release chord progressions with ease, sucking you into a popclysmic daze of head bobbing, shoulder dancing and swaying.

The bands reputation as a formidable life act have earned them impressive supports with The Afghan Whigs, Manchester Orchestra, Ben Kweller, The Vasco Era, Wolf & Cub, The Cruel Sea, Kimbra as well as selling out their own shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Royston Vasie recently released their highly anticipated debut album Tanah Merah in Australia to critical acclaim. An extensive national tour also supported the release.