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We unofficially named U.S. Royalty one of our Top Bands to Watch in 2011, all the way back in October of 2010 when we first listened to “Equestrian,” the first single off the now-released debut LP, Mirrors. Yes, that long ago. We were so taken with the lead track, we placed it on our 100 Best Songs of 2010 list and wrote that it “combines the same kind of southern, sweet tea harmonies with gobs of beautiful nature imagery a la Fleet Foxes.” It is inspired by Washington Irving, after all.
Now the guys from D.C. have released single number two off the effort, and it is decidedly different from the rustic indie-folk with which we first shook hands. “Monte Carlo” is the best unrecorded Fleetwood Mac song I’ve ever heard. Seriously.
You guys, this band is getting ready to blow up. Metaphorically curtsey to your new royal family by picking up Mirrors right away. The guys will kick off a tour with Broken Records near the end of February. Sadly, there’s no Saint Louis date.