The Royal Streets’ debut album Kings & Queens is just what you’re looking for if you need some good toe-tappin’ music on a sunny day. Start with “Hoes In Mexico” it’s the last track on the album, and the best track for sharing a cold one on a patio somewhere.
With a sound similar to other folk-rock bands like the Lumineers but a little grittier, this album is full of hits. The tracks have catchy guitar hooks and a nice marriage of male (Algernon Friolet) and female (Jillian Dowding) vocals, particularly on “Hoes In Mexico”.
The Royal Streets are from Waterloo, ON but recorded Kings & Queens in Hamilton at Catherine North Studios. Dan Hosh, who’s worked with the likes of City & Colour and Whitehorse, mixed the album for the band.
The band has entered CBC’s Searchlight Contest with another track, “How It Should Be” off the album. The winners of the contest earn a spot performing at CBC’s Music Festival this summer, plus some new gear. If you fancy helping the band out, take a minute to vote for them on CBC’s site.
The Royal Streets will be at The Casbah with The Meds from Charlottetown, PEI on April 29th.
Get the album here.