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Royal Republic: Weekend Man

Album Review

Swedish upstarts fine-tune their garage-punk racket for energetic third album.

So what is it with Sweden and punky garage bands? There seems to be an inexhaustible supply of sharp-dressed men honing their chops and looking to follow in the footsteps of The Hives. The latest bunch of revved-up pop tyros staking their claim are Royal Republic, who have sharpened up their act on third album, Weekend Man.

Ironically they first flung open their garage doors in 2010, just as some of their predecessors – notably The Hellacopters, the (International) Noise Conspiracy and Backyard Babies – were faltering. But this has not appeared to faze them. The quartet acquired their musical skills and discipline at the Malmö Academy Of Music and since then they’ve learnt how to break the rules with maximum effect.

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