United by a shared love of the attitude, aesthetic, and music of classic rock and roll culture, Brisbane’s Port Royal have been making waves in the local scene since mid-2015 with a mind-melting mix of electric live performances and studio gold. An orgiastic blend of iconic 70s rock influences complemented by contemporary and relatable lyrics makes for an unmistakably catchy sound which will have you singing along with every chorus. Their influences include the likes of The Rolling Stones bluesy charismatic rock roots mixed with the melodic and soulful lyricism of The Beatles.
Since their debut EP in 2016, recent releases have launched a whirlwind of independent national touring accompanied by larger-scale lineups and festivals across the country. Since their inception, the band have performed in support of international acts such as Dead Kennedys (US), Supersuckers (US) and Aussie highlights such as Wolfmother, The Delta Riggs & The Jungle Giants. Having since recently successfully completed their own independent headline tour of the country, the band are beginning to develop a loyal, passionate and diverse fanbase across the country. Their message is one nostalgic in its origins but timeless in its nature; to influence and encourage self-belief, passion, love and positivity amongst their fanship.
Their 2017 single ‘Get Heavy’ which reached #2 on the Brisbane 4ZZZ Hottest 100, contrasts their high energy, youthful rock & roll sound against the likes more recent releases such as ‘Lucy’ & ‘One of a Kind’ which appear on their 2018 sophomore EP Love, Passion, Satisfaction. A collection of unconventional music videos have also seen the band gain credibility on a national scale after their early 2018 single ‘Rock & Roll is Dead’ received scheduled rage and MTV Australia play over the month of its release. Heading into 2019, the band released their latest summertime feel-good single, ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ accompanied by one of the most audacious independent tours of the country, consisting of 26 dates along the East Coast through February to May.
Kicking off the tour in regal style with an appearance at St Kilda Festival, the band took the cake for the New Music Stage competition, securing themselves a spot on the 2020 lineup. Building off this success in full force, they gave an electrifying performance at Bluesfest 2019, after winning the Bluesfest Busking competition and kept the wheels rolling with a performance at Rabbit Eat Lettuce.
The band kept the momentum of a freight train as the tour drove to a close, welcoming Jameson Whiskey to the royal family with an official sponsorship deal - just in time for their knock-out homecoming show at the Zoo. With no time to rest, the band immediately headed back to the studio to record their next single. Stay on the lookout for where the road leads Australia’s most promising Rock & Roll band.