In an interview last year, the band Old Man Lizard told The Sludgelord that “we are very purposefully not retreading the tired steps of Stoner, Sludge and Doom.” When I asked them about this in an interview they commented “When someone starts a band and says “we are going to be a Stoner Rock (or any other sub-genre) band”, this tends to lead to simply copying and regurgitating rather than jamming and writing to create an organic sound which is their own. This also leads to over-saturation of a certain genre and people start getting bored of it.” Fellow Essex band Royyy walk a really fine line between this. They have their own sound yet it is one we have heard before by other bands on a much grander, extravagant scale.
As a debut, Mad Mary is a good 30 minute EP, but not amazing. While there is some good riffage on display that caused some minor headbanging on the bus, it can have a tendency to become repetitive, unexciting in parts and too familiar to big players in the stoner scene (Black Sabbath, Kyuss, Sleep, Monster Magnet) and a few modern bands (John Garcia‘s solo material and Steak spring to mind). But at this stage with the stoner scene it’s understandable there will be some considerable overlap and comparisons made. As someone who has listened to a wide range of stoner music, from the classics to the underground, I’ve been spoilt by the wealth of talent and in comparison Royyy come across as basic.
Mad Mary is a good debut but for future releases Royyy need to take more risks, step out of their comfort zone and expand their sound to exciting new territories or they will be thrown onto the forgotten pile of generic stoner bands.
2. Mad Mary
3. It’s Just Business
4. There’s No Such Thing As Soft Metal
David Bush – Guitar
Liam Daniels – Drums
Glenn McIntyre – Bass