You might have read my live review of this band and wondered when the interview with The ROYAL RUCKUS would happen. Have comfort because here it is. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
– Not very hard. We had the idea for how the music was gonna sound and the name pretty much came to us a hot summers day by the beach.
As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-Absolutely! The Royal Ruckus are; Guernica Mancini – lead vocals, Oscar Ericsson – guitar, Linus Sörensen – bass, Martin Larsen – drums.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-Our way of writing generally starts with a riff or a melody part which we use as a starting point for a jam session. This helps us write a bunch of different song parts as we figure out which “direction” the song is going and what kind of structure it needs. Sometimes lyrics are written on the spot for that song in particular, sometimes lyrics are already written with only minor changes to fit the song melody. Let the jam lead the way!
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
– In one way sure! Being a musician who’s out playing as many gigs as we are you definitely feel part of a community. Though the four of us mostly focus on our own movement! Haha!
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-It’s important for us to look good or “look the part” as it’s the first thing a new potential fan will see. First impressions are important both visually and musically… However we are four individuals and try to portray that both visually and musically.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
– Life, love and lust. The lyrics are just as important as the rest of the music. There are some things you can’t express with a guitar, you know..
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
– We definitely think it’s relevant today, especially in our genre. Though listening straight through an album more then once (using streaming services) doesn’t seem to common these days.
it’s just a different way of listening to music when so much is available to you with the push of a button. We choose to see this as an opportunity to reach more fans even if it’s just through one song.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-Streaming is the easier way of listening and finding new music, no contest! Sound quality needs improvement on the digital side but even if it does what is better then holding a physical copy of your favorite album as you’re reading your favorite lyrics?
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
– We haven’t been on any massive tour yet, we just play as many gigs as we possibly can. When you come to see us live you can expect to get kicked in the brain with a sound you haven’t heard since the golden age of rock. It’s groovy rock n’ roll with a lot of different influences fused into one. It’s the sound of rock music 2016.
What lies in the future?
– Right now we are writing a bunch of new music which will hopefully result in a full length album late 2016. This year we are doing a weeklong tour in Germany and hopefully we will play more gigs outside of Sweden. Other than that we will be playing as much as we possibly can and keep spreading the word of The Royal Ruckus. The #ruckusinvasion is coming!