The Royal They

The Royal They


At its most basic level, we are a combination of musicians from a variety of different genres. The Royal They combines a blues guitarist, a jazz drummer, a funk bassist and a soul singer to create our unique sound. Our original songs and library of covers reflect our diverse backgrounds.


The best way to describe the band, as a whole, is to break down each member's individual influences and imagine how they'd combine together. Phil, our drummer, is a jazz drummer at heart, learning many jazz standards. He refined his contemporary style by practicing Chili Peppers licks. Recently he's been perfecting styles similar to Carter Beauford and Abraham Laborial, Jr.
Husky, our vox man, honed his craft by MCing a local karaoke in his home town. While there, not only did he perfect his stage presence, but also began stretching his vocal range, nailing a flawless "Let's Get it On". His personal favorite band is Better than Ezra, but oftentimes listens to anything and everything to expand his abilities. Recently we've been covering "Take a Piece of My Heart" by Janice Joplin.
Drew is a dead ringer for all the great guitar players you've ever heard. He does spot-on versions of a number of guitar standards, many of which we usually include in our setlist, such as "After Midnight", "Fire", and "Layla". His influences are all the classic guitarists of years past- Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, the Allman Bros., Led Zeppelin, etc. The list goes on.
The first basslines Bucket learned were Les Claypool's songs on "Frizzlefry" by Primus. After honing his chops there, he moved on to Red Hot Chili Peppers fare -to this day the band still covers "Aeroplane", a crowd favorite. Additionally, Bucket also studied under Dave Stoltz, bassist for the Dickie Betts band and former contender for Berry Oakley's spot in the Allman Brothers lineup. Recently, he's been spending his time studying Jaco Pastorious and Victor Wooten, although more Victor than Jaco, because he is more talented in slapping and muting than he is in chordal collections.
Between the four of us, we try to combine our sounds and influences to make something unique while not overbearing other members of the band. Particular showcases of the bands talent can be seen in "The Ballad of Wendy Peffercorn", "The Lonestar Song" and "Tricycle Knees".
What you'll hear in our demo is an effort we're proud of, yet we feel we can do better. Our two most popular songs, by far, are "The Lonestar Song" and "The Ballad of Wendy Peffercorn". These songs reflect our first effort as songwriter's with each other, and since this recording in the summer of 2004, we've began delving deeper into the songwriting process and playing to each other's strengths. Currently we are working on our next batch of songs, which guarantees to be better than our first demo, which was recently evaluated by a Talent Executive from Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
The two things we stress most as a philosophy are musicianship and live performances. Every member of the band who plays an instrument doubles as an instructor, and, as a result, we're always looking to create new innovations and challenges for each other to work through. As for our shows, we have never played a venue that we weren't invited back to. Whether playing at a backyard kegger in our early days or headling a marquis event, we are always eagerly asked to return. Oftentimes we exude such energy on stage that the band is completely exhausted or even injured the next day- whether it be a scraped leg from a stage-slide, or a lost voice from belting out lyrics. We do not disappoint.
We have a solid fanbase, tshirts, and a mailing list, all of which are extremely popular. Currently we are designing a website which will soon have songs available for download and concert info. Our band has been reviewed and interviewed in several local publications, all of which note the contagious energy of our stage performance. Any concert posters, publicized reviews, and t-shirts or t-shirt orders are available upon request. Furthermore, you can find us listed on Pure Volume (


Self Titled Demo, Tracks including:
1. My 23rd Problem
2. You can't Tackle Jerome Bettis
3. Lonestar
4. Tricycle Knees
5. The Ballad of Wendy Peffercorn
6. Hey, Requiem

Set List

Here is a sample setlist:

Soul to Squeeze
--Lonestar Song
Say It Ain't So
Angels of the Silences
Magic Carpet Ride
Let's Get it on
The Seed 2.0
--My 23rd Problem
Last Dance with Mary Jane
Mr. Jones
Stuck in the Middle with you
No Woman No Cry
Sweet Home Alabama
After Midnight
Beast of Burden
Possum Kingdom
Fortunate Son
Baba O'Reilly
Fuck Her Gently
Hard to Handle
-----2nd ENCORE-----
Ramble On
Say It Ain't So