American Royalty – Matchstick EP (GUNS003)
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Matchstick is the sophmore EP from Los Angeles' American Royalty. Matchstick was written in the summer of 2011 in Venice Beach where Scher and Gilfry were couch surfing, waiting for their tour to start.
“We came to the studio with these demos that were inherently very electronic, because we wrote them in our friends’ living rooms,” said Scher, “We were lucky enough to record at Infrasonic Sound with lots of great vintage equipment that helped us sonically flesh out the demos by adding a complementary analogue instrumentation.”
The EP showcases the trio experimenting with the balance between both genres. “We had this idea for the EP to try to highlight the interplay between analogue and synthetic,” said Gilfry, “At times in the final recordings it's hard to tell what is man and what is machine – there are electronic drums using samples of our live drum kit, synths running through grungy amps sounding like guitar. We're excited because we feel like this is a step in a new direction for us, which is obviously exciting for any artist.”
A limited 200 piece run of 7" vinyl was pressed by Seaport Music Records:
Animation by Jeff Scher.
"A kaleidoscopic trip..." -NME
"…The 1950s intro shows down with the 1970s aesthetic until an unequivocally modern chorus confirms the timelessness of American Royalty's sound." -Interview Magazine
"…Ever-rising garage rock sound with some creative electronic elements." -Filter
"American Royalty has been making waves with their seamless blend of hard hitting dance-psyche and grungy riff-filled blues." -Quit Mumbling
"American Royalty boast one of the better live shows I’ve seen and their growth, both in exposure and sound, they’ve experienced since I first came across them is impressive." -All Things Go