When Minneapolis artist Alex Uhrich posted a Facebook status announcing his desire to create a queer punk band, two seasoned musicians answered his calling: Clara Salyer (Babes in Toyland, Prissy Clerks, Whatever Forever) and Nikki Eskola (Teenage Moods, The Cult of Lip). What spawned from this union has become a staple in the city’s underground scene—a rising three-person force called Royal Brat, armed with a thrashing lo-fi sound that’s been rightfully compared to an “electric pink convertible fucking up a fire hydrant.”
“Shadethrower,” the lead single off Royal Brat’s debut EP NEGATIVE BONE—available for pre-order today—provides an unforgiving introduction to the band’s aggressive sonic approach. Uhrich screams the track’s lyrics with incredible intent, as if he’s been waiting his entire life to unleash a red-faced, red-hot beast from within. “You’re a sunburn, you’re a beach; I’m a sucker, you’re a leech,” he wildly unpacks, as Salyer shreds her fuzzy guitar and Eskola beats her drums to a pulp.
“‘Shadethrower’ is written in hindsight about being in destructive, draining relationships—being with somebody who can’t be honest with you or themselves and wanting to get away from all those negative feelings,” Uhrich explains. “The whole tape is about post-relationship and post-trama catharsis, reflecting on decisions made and the inherent differences that draw people to one another and drag them apart.”
Listen to the BULLETT premiere, below: