First thing this morning, Michael Schulz of our artist relations team, stopped by to fill me in on the show he caught on Friday night. Apparently, while I was at the Mesa Arts Center listening to Jewel (her range is amazing by the way), Schulz was stopping by Green in Tempe, Ariz. to catch up with the Royal Monsters. The punk/hardcore band was celebrating the release of their 7” self-titled record, on New Age Records.
“These guys were unbelievable,” says Schulz. “They were loud, aggressive, in your face, and super tight. They had really interesting breakdowns and pauses where you would least expect it, but it worked really well and came together. The place was packed with people of all ages who sang along to every song.”
Besides the fact that Fender equipment was all over the place –– guitarist Kellan Fortier played his custom Fender Telecaster the entire night; guitarist Jeffrey Owens relied on a Fender American Standard HSS Stratocaster; bassist Jay Paz rocked his American Standard Jazz bass –– Schulz most enjoyed frontman John O’Hagan taking his act offstage.
“He actually got down with the crowd and sang, which was interesting because he had fans jumping on him to sing along. He was really into it and emotions took over for sure.”
If you are a fan of old school punk/hardcore music, Schulz strongly recommends you catch up with these guys. Here’s their upcoming tour schedule.
Guitarist Kellan Fortier.