Gig Review

Royal Republic
Wolverhampton, The Slade Rooms

14th November 2012

Royal Republic                Kopek

Photo Of Kopek © Copyright Jude OnionsKopek fills The Slade Rooms from the second they step onto the tiny stage, with good, positive energy bringing a real fresh rock n' roll sound mixed with some real dirty grunge undertones and it's clearly heard on 'Cocaine Chest Pains' and 'Love Is Dead', of which the latter features on the 'Saw 3D' soundtrack. It’s very appealing,

Vocals from Daniel Jordan are perfectly executed and clear, with the bass sounding so good from Brad Kinsella you can feel it running through your whole body. Add to that the energetic drumming from current drummer, Eoin Ryan and you have a band that could quite possibly be the next big thing.

Kopek finish the ( over too quickly! ) set with belter 'Bring It On Home', featured on the 'American Reunion' soundtrack, a fast paced track to which (the much smaller crowd than I would expect tonight) really get into. Overall, a top notch opener for tonight!

Photo Of Royal Republic © Copyright Jude OnionsRoyal Republic kick off their set (after what feels like an age in the darkened Slade Rooms) with 'Save the Nation' from the latest album of the same name. The crowd erupts into a unified bouncing ball, with hands and pirate swords poking out of it as we swiftly charge through 'You ain't Nobody ('Til Somebody Hates You)' and the ridiculously catchy 'Full Steam Space Machine'.

Royal Republic are a band that enjoy the banter and interaction between themselves and their audience, more so this evening as there is a football match on between Sweden their home country and England. The banter continues mid-way through the next track, 'Walking down the Line' (which is performed as part of a two track acoustic set), as front man Adam Grahn encourages the crowd to find a dance partner each for some 'old style dancing'. Second acoustic track for tonight is a cover of Take That's 'Back for Good', no, I'm kidding it's just another tease from the guys (much to everyone's relief!), it's actually an Acapella version of 'Addictive' which the crowd really seems to like. Just like that, we plough back into the electric set with 'Let Your Hair Down' and 'Cry Baby Cry' before taking it down to a slight reggae sounding 'Sailing Man'.

Crowd pleaser 'Underwear' gets the room jumping again, pirate swords still in the air along with a crutch now, before the encore heads in. Starting off with the stomping 'Everybody Wants to Be an Astronaut', where the crowd sing a chorus word for word perfect on their own. 'Be My Baby', a cover of 'I Don't Wanna Go Out' and a quick version of 'Ace of Spades' sang by Jonas that sounds awesome!

The final track to end this highly entertaining and enjoyable evening is the fitting 'The Royal', lots of happy faces indeed. Great job lads!

Kopek 4/5
Royal Republic 5/5

Review By Jude Onions

 Royal Republic

Adam Grahn
Hannes Irengård
Per Andreasson
Jonas Almén


Daniel Jordan
Brad Kinsella
Eoin Ryan

 Band Related Links
Royal Republic Facebook
Kopek Facebook
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?