Self-described fashion-art rock band Palaye Royale mix grandiose modern alt-pop with gritty guitar rock that, at times, recalls both glam and Brit-pop.
The Las Vegas-based indie trio developed a grassroots following thanks to their YouTube savvy and early self-released singles like 2012's "Morning Light" and 2013's "Get Higher." After signing with Sumerian Records, they delivered an ambitious two-part debut, Boom Boom Room, which was split into two full albums in 2016 and 2018.
Formed in 2011 by the core trio of singer/frontman Remington Leith, guitarist/organist Sebastian Danzig, and drummer Emerson Barrett, they made their debut the following year with the single "Morning Light." Though unsigned, the savvy young group quickly built a fan base, eventually pulling in 20 million YouTube views thanks to their devoted followers, whom they refer to as "Soldiers of the Royal Council." Their follow-up single, 2013's rousing "Get Higher," was picked by Samsung to feature in a global ad campaign and brought them even greater exposure. That same year, they released their debut EP, the six-song The Ends Beginning. In 2014, they won the top prize in MTV's Musical March Madness competition, beating out major acts like Coldplay, Tokio Hotel, and Linkin Park.
By the end of 2015, Palaye Royale had finally made the jump to a label, signing with Sumerian Records, which issued their James Iha-produced debut LP, Boom Boom Room (Side A), in the summer of 2016. The following year, some of the band's music was used in the thriller film American Satan, with Leith also providing the singing voice of one of the movie's characters. Beginning with 2018's "You'll Be Fine," Palaye Royale began releasing singles from their follow-up, Boom Boom Room (Side B). ~ Timothy Monger, Rovi