American Jive – Royal Honey 3QS039
3 Questions for Bobby C & Eric of Royal Honey
- You guys recently got to play a few shows (pandemic effected their schedule), how did that feel?
- If they were to make a Rockumentary about Royal Honey, who would play each of you in the film?
- Ofilia, of the Band Areshenic from Episode 38, would like to know why are there no females in your band?
About the Song, American Jive:
American Jive was one of Royal Honey’s first original tunes and has been in their live set since the start of the band. It was written by Dave Musick and recorded by Jazz Byers for the Rattle Clack Compilation 2020. It was also included as a bonus track on Royal Honey’s first CD “Hype, Money And Misbehavior” which is available from their website, Bandcamp, and all major streaming outlets. In a year full of turmoil and disease, American Jive somewhat prophetically asks the audience “Are you glad to be alive?”
About the Royal Honey:
People ask all the time where the name Royal Honey comes from? Drummer Angelo Amantea says with his swaggitude “I just made it up…It’s what I do! I’ve been naming bands for years!”
That’s not all they’ve been doing for years. Royal Honey brings together some of the best talent and experience in the rust belt region. The band has only been together since 2018, but its members go way back in the local steel city scene, having played renowned clubs like The Decade, Graffiti, The Electric Banana, 31st Street Pub, and Someplace Else regularly. They’ve also all played up and down the major east coast cities, prior to forming Royal Honey.
These guys have been around the block a bunch of times. Coming from previous bands including The Dirty Charms, The Ultimatics, The Cheats, The Addicts, Lize, The Science Fiction Idols, The Cosmosonics, Child of Fire, Kill Bossa, Rainstation Zero and Gas Tiger, they’ve got the experience and pedigree to write great catchy songs and put on killer energetic shows!
Guitarist Eric Rodger says “We’ve accomplished so much in just a short year and half, because we’re all contributing and pulling the same direction. Dave brings most of the song ideas, and we lay down the tracks with efficiency in the studio. Ang does almost all the artwork and flyers and books most of the shows. Greg’s in radio, so he’s our PR man, getting us press and interviews. I handle the studio mixing and merch, and making sure that everything we produce is top grade. And Bobby commands every crowd we play to like the master of ceremonies that he is! Because of this camaraderie, Royal Honey has released one CD and is already mixing the next one, just signed a recording contract with The Vault Records, and has played to hundreds of fans in major cities like NYC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.”
Royal Honey’s sound has been described as part New York Dolls, part Guns N Roses. Their influences are abound, including The Stones, AC/DC, NY Dolls, Guns N Roses, Kix, The Cult and Faster Pussycat, with some Thin Lizzy guitars thrown in for good measure. And topped off with steel city grit and attitude.