“Sounding a little like Franz Ferdinand and The Rolling Stones, Port Royal have a solid, catchy rock sound wrapped up in a pop sensibility with a hint of Mick Jagger swagger.” (Music Is My Muse)
Almost three years after KISS’ Gene Simmons infamously declared, “Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered”, Brisbane quartet Port Royal are out to resurrect their beloved genre.
Formed in mid-2015 out of a shared love for classic rock and the disbanding of high school groups, Port Royal are aiming for the stars and packed stadium shows the world over. Following on from their 2016 debut EP ‘The Express’, the rockers are ready to melt some faces and get bodies shimmying with their latest single “Get Heavy”.
Sounds Like: The Rolling Stones, Hoodoo Gurus, Jet
“Get Heavy” is a rollicking rock tune driven by silky-smooth guitar phrasing, ridiculously upbeat rhythms, and irresistible call and response chorus vocals. Lead by charismatic frontman Lawson Doyle, Port Royal’s latest single is an injection of pure, high-octane classic rock straight to your ears!
While Port Royal pay homage to their idols The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, their feel-good sound is equal parts rollicking and charmingly gritty. “Get Heavy” was recorded by QUT engineer James See, mixed by Magoo (Midnight Oil, Powderfinger, Regurgitator), and mastered by Tony ‘Jack the Bear’ Mantz (Nick Cave, Powderfinger), and is the band’s take of being young, stupid, and adventurous.
The song references friends your parents claimed were ‘bad influences’ but were heaps of fun, high school love affairs, and passing out in bathrooms after sneaking out late at night. The chorus lyric “Get heavy, babe” refers to that one person, whether it’s your best friend, a crush, or just an understanding stranger, who you can share and express your confused teenage mind with.
Doyle says “Get Heavy” was inspired “by the frustrations and experiences of adolescence: no money, late nights, broken hearts, and substance experimentation. Many of the verse lyrics refer to insane situations and stories from different people in my life, and was written at a time where I began to understand the chaos and confusion of growing up.”
Along with playing live music haunts all over Brisbane, Port Royal have supported rising Sydney rockers Castlecomer, played a Residency at Greaser bar, and won the 2016 Amped Up competition at The Triffid. Inspired by the golden era of rock ‘n roll, the inception of Port Royal was a reaction to the changing landscape of modern music.
“The coming of the electronic and digital era brought with it a sense of emptiness between us guys and we desired for this to change. We want to bring a fresh face to the attitude, style, and charisma of classic rock ‘n roll,” say Port Royal.
“Get Heavy” is the first of several tunes scheduled for release by the Brisbane rockers over the next year.
Upcoming Port Royal Live Shows
SAT 16 MAY
Woolly Mammoth Mane Stage, Brisbane (18+)
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