The Royalties Are No Punchline

(PR) The Royalties started as a joke. Or, more accurately, a series of jokes between friends: an ill fated punk band, a cheesy covers group, and a handful of failed/funny projects that never really took off, but served as fine launching pads for vocalist/bassist Tommy Haltbakk and drummer BK Rambjør.

Today, however, The Royalties are no punchline. Finally crystallizing in late 2005, the duo of Haltbakk and Rambjør released their debut-album to a cavalcade of critical praise, and even landed a Norwegian Grammy nomination for Best Pop Album in 2007. No laugh-track for those kind of accolades.

Earlier this year, the band followed up their initial success with their rousing sophomore offering, The Lost Royalties, produced by Haltbakk, and bearing the new contributions of Mari Persen.

Later this month, The Royalties are hitting the States with an appearance at Spike Hill in Brooklyn during the CMJ Music Marathon. They'll also be hitting up Mass, D.C. and the left coast with a few Los Angeles dates.

10/19 Great Scott - Allston, MA
10/25 (CMJ) Spike Hill - Brooklyn, NY
10/26 DC9 - Washington, D.C.
10/30 Public Assembly - Brooklyn, NY
11/04 Viper Room - West Hollywood, CA
11/05 Tangiers - Los Angeles, CA
11/06 On The Rox - Los Angeles, CA

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