The new single from Royal Wedding has the ability to grab you from teh very first second and keep its hold on you throughout its course.
"Holy Sympathy" gives off a combination of grunge, alternative pop, brit rock, and garage rock all in one emotionally driven and quite cinematic feeling song.
The track has a power behind it that feels passionate and heartfelt while the guitars riff in a slightly gritty way and vocals belt and wail.
This is a strong song for plenty of reasons but one of the most important is the it's performances. There are no walls built around the songs showmanship and it's a big reason the track boasts so much sway and heart.
You get engulfed in it's sound and by the end of the song you realize you've been swallowed whole and you need to stand up, and snap yourself out of it.
A great follow up to their previously released "False Idols" single which also keeps true to the bands strong performances on record.
With such a massive single, we wanted to sit down with Royal Wedding to get into where all of this comes from.
RAG: Okay guys, let's start things off with "Holy Sympathy". This track has a killer alternative rock and garage rock sound and even touches on grunge if you ask me. I think this track has some deeper meaning behind it as well. Where did this track come from?
● Liam - Justin was working on the base structure of this song for a while. Initially I had
written lyrics for it but I wasn’t too pleased with them, then Justin took it and
made it his own thing, lyrically. As far as the drums go it’s really just an
amalgamation of some ideas I’ve been wanting to implement for a while - a more
kind of ‘marching’ beat on the verse, that twittering off-tempo groove on the
chorus...some things I was using in practice sessions a lot at the time.
● Justin - I started putting together a guitar line for this song that is kind of hard to define
one specific influence. I’ve definitely taken a lot of inspiration from emo rock
groups as well as a ton of grunge rock groups. I felt that there was a strong
opportunity to rely on the vocal melody of the song rather than the guitar melody
which is something we haven’t gotten a chance to do in the past. As for the lyrics,
I wanted to convey the feeling of having no control over your own life or destiny.
The feeling that my future was already laid out for me was something I struggled
with a lot and thought it would fit well in this song. I also think that the lyrics can
be interpreted in a lot of different ways and I’d love for our audience to look at it in
that same way.
● Kevin - As Liam said, Justin is really responsible for the core of the song, so I will leave it
up to him to describe his rationale. Personally, I wanted a strong, but distant
presence in the song. This is evident in the chorus.
● Colby - I don’t remember
RAG: One of your other recent singles "False Idols" has a dark-ish feel to it. What bands and artists influenced you guys?
● Liam - For this song specifically? I think we started working on this song around the time
that the latest Daughters album came out. One of my favorite aspects of that
album are the brooding, sparse drum beats focusing on the toms, so I
immediately wanted to do something like that. Going into this album I definitely
wanted to try to focus more on texture and timbre, and I thought this song would
be the perfect breeding ground for experimenting with sound, considering the
pace and mood of it all. I strongly admire the way bands such as Godspeed You!
Black Emperor and Mogwai and Sigur Ros treat their guitars and instruments to
sound so texturally interesting, I really wanted to emulate them with the climax of
● Justin - I brought this guitar line to the other guys and thought immediately, “this is
something that can be built around in a big way.” I also supplied the lyrics for this
song and I wrote it about a certain musician and artist that Kevin and I loved and
grew up on together. It was a very upsetting and disappointing time to hear about
the scandal that this artist fell into. So in essence, I wrote it entirely about the
disappointment and heartbreak I felt in that moment. Musically, I give all the
credit to the guys for putting together an incredible song that at first was set to
just be an interlude. Liam brought a sound in the drums that I wasn’t expecting in
a slow and ominous way. I instantly fell in love with it. Kevin was able to pull
together an incredible front guitar line that you hear at the climax of the song. He
brought this dizzying, impending guitar line that really topped off the song in a
● Kevin - I took heavily from more atmospheric parts of Touche Amore’s Stage Four and
Radiohead’s OK Computer. Justin and Liam brought the bones of this song to
me, and we began jamming to it. At the climax of the song, I would sort of just go
nuts with the tremolo picking. I refined this during recording and added a lot of
atmospheric parts, which Liam did a wonderful job piecing together and finding
the right tones.
● Colby - It was so long ago I can’t say I remember
RAG: How did this all start for you guys?
● Liam - My brother was in a band a while ago and I’d be forced to come to some band
practices after-school, so I’d bang around on the drums when they were taking a
break. When Kevin and Justin started learning guitar a while back and the idea
was thrown around about starting a band, I forced my way in with my very limited
knowledge of drums.
● Justin - We actually haven’t talked about this much with anyone. I really credit Kevin
entirely. I saw him playing guitar when I was at his house one day and instantly
knew what I wanted to do. Kevin taught me a song or two on the guitar and the
rest is history. We are all self taught on our instruments and we thought it would
be a great idea to start jamming together. The rest is history.
● Kevin - One day, I was teaching Justin how to play Wagon Wheel on my brother’s
acoustic guitar. The next day, Justin, Liam, and I were starting to jam together,
even though none of us really knew what we were doing. During the span of a
few years jamming in Justin’s basement, we began to notice a figure appear in
the corner. None of us did anything about it, and we seldom brought it up in
conversation. As time passed, it began to take form. The apparition would
eventually form what is today known as Colby. Of course we were scared, but he
said he wanted to play with us, so he joined the band. We still aren’t sure where or why he came to us, but we have learned not to question it. Nothing good
happens when we question it.
● Colby - I was coerced
RAG: Did you guys play shows before? Do you think you'll be focusing on live shows again when the time comes?
● Liam - Oh yeah a bunch, whenever we had a break from school and all the guys were
back from college we’d try to play a handful of shows. I really, really miss it. I’m
hoping I’ll be able to return to a world that isn’t, like, a post-venue nightmare in
the future. I’d love to play with these guys again, and I’d love to play in front of a
crowd. That being said, considering where life is taking me, I am completely fine
focusing much more on recording stuff, putting out stuff, and playing shows when
we can. Sometimes it's hard performing the summoning ritual that allows Colby
to appear, so we have to find time for that, too.
● Justin - We did get the opportunity to play at a couple of small venues in Northern Jersey
such as the Meatlocker and Boontunes. We met a lot of great bands and artists
that way that we still stay in contact with today. Once COVID hit the world, we
focused all of our energy on recording our upcoming album which we are ecstatic
about. We hope that we can start playing live again soon! But obviously,
everyone’s safety comes first.
● Kevin - I cannot wait to play shows again, but I am admittedly worried for the future. We
played a number of shows in Northern New Jersey and met a lot of really fun
groups. There is nothing greater than the feeling of putting on a show for a group
of people. I often think about a show we played at Boon Tunes in front of a
crowd composed mostly of our friends. Their energy fed us and we had the time
of our life. Man, I miss it. While I don’t know what the future holds, I hope for
certain that we will be able to play shows together again.