While still riding the success of their 2016 debut album, “Boom Boom Room (Side A)”, the self-described, “Fashion-Art Rock” band, Palaye Royale finally made their way back up to their home country of Canada for a string of headline shows to perform for their Canadian “Soldiers of The Royal Council”. The band have performed in Canada a year ago this week opening for Good Charlotte on their coast-to-coast Canadian tour. The band did not perform alone in Winnipeg, opening the night was the local bands The Northern Royal and The Bloody Historians.
Palaye Royale performed many songs throughout their discography including, “Don’t Feel Quite Right”, “Mr. Doctor Man”, “All My Friends”, an astonishing cover of My Chemical Romance’s, “Teenagers”, a semi-acoustic version of “Ma Chérie”, “Get Higher”, and plenty more during an approximately hour-long set at The Pyramid Cabaret. The band actually performed a few new songs during the night as well. I do not intend to get the band in any trouble whatsoever, but they criticized their label for their follow-up album to “Boom Boom Room (Side A)” not being released yet. Hopefully their upcoming and currently untitled, “Side B” album, is released by the end of the year. The band also mentioned their booking agent nearly had them skip Winnipeg entirely on the Canadian leg of their tour and that the attendance and the noisy crowd had proved them right that the city shouldn’t have been skipped on the tour.
At the end of last year the band’s musical talent was brought in and featured on the indie flick, “American Satan”, which is directed, written, and produced by their label Sumerian Records’, CEO and founder, Ash Avildsen. The movie stars Andy Biersack, the vocalist of Black Veil Brides, Malcolm McDowell, John Bradley of Game of Thrones fame, Ben Bruce, the guitarist and vocalist of Asking Alexandria, and many more. The film follows a band, half from the United Kingdom and half from the United States who move to Los Angeles and make a deal with the devil in their dream of making it big. Palaye Royale’s vocalist Remington Leith is primarily featured in the movie as Andy Biersack’s on-screen singing voice in the movie’s band, “The Relentless”. The movie spawned both an original soundtrack and a ten track album featuring music from The Relentless, both are out now, including the movie, for purchase and streaming.
Following Palaye Royale’s performance, the band admirably met every single fan for what seemed like at least thirty to forty-five minutes, inside The Pyramid Cabaret at their merch table for the low price of just a hug, or two, or even maybe three. The Northern Royal, The Bloody Historians, and lastly, Palaye Royale all had fun and energetic sets in their own right. The crowd was visibly rocked by the performances and so was I. As previously mentioned, Palaye Royale have been to Canada before and hopefully again quite soon on the touring cycle of their upcoming “Side B” album.
One Bad Son, who hail from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan started the night with the most appropriate song, “Made In The Name of Rock N Roll”. The song shares the name of their brand new studio album and the band’s current and very thorough Canadian fall tour. One Bad Son’s new LP, “Made In The Name of Rock N Roll” was released back on October 13th 2017 through 604 Records.
One Bad Son performed a very impressive set featuring many new songs off their newest LP and such singles as “Raging Bull”, “Satellite Hotel”, “Retribution Blues”, “Scream For Me” to just name a few. The band also performed their infamous cover of the Talking Heads’ 1977 hit, “Psycho Killer” and Soundgarden’s 1994 hit “Spoonman”. Mentioned by vocalist, Shane Volk that Soundgarden/Audioslave front man, Chris Cornell among other of the bands influences were taken this year.
One Bad Son’s 90’s Seattle Grunge influence shines through their sound prominently with their mix of Grunge and Hard Rock. Shane Volk’s powerful vocals are essential in One Bad Son’s unique sound that makes them stick out in the huge cluster of the current Rock bands. The band try to push the envelope on the Rock genre with their 13 years of experience as a band, especially heard on their new released album.
Notability in the front row at the show were a few young fans which vocalist, Shane Volk made a remark that Rock N Roll isn’t dead and the younger fans at the show is proof to it as they will keep the music genre alive for the next generation.
One Bad Son will be going on tour in the new year in Europe/UK and the United States of America which was talked about on stage after Shane said the “Made In The Name of Rock N Roll Fall Canadian Tour” was great and that the band want to take Canada with them everywhere they go to tour.
In conclusion, I personally think Rock N Roll isn’t dead, especially in Canada. As much as those kids at the show are going to be a part of it not dying. I think One Bad Son are part of many bands currently in Canada, honestly the whole world even, that create a massive proof that Rock N Roll isn’t dead.