The Colchester scene is a fantastic vibrant community full of lovely people and bands who want to help each other. One band that is emerging in the scene is Royyy, a stoner instrumental three-piece from the area. I caught up with the band and talked about their origins, the local scene, their music, the stoner and sludge scenes, British music and their upcoming plans.
Jack: Hi guys, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. How are you doing?
Royyy: Yeah! Pretty good, keeping busy.
Jack: So how did Royyy form?
Royyy: We formed, out of an old band, we decided we’d rather write our own music and parted ways.
Jack: Why did you decide to add the extra two ‘y’ to Roy?
Royyy: There are three y’s in our name as there are three of us in the group. Just a funny thing we thought of at the time.
Jack: What are the main influences of Royyy?
Royyy: Karma to Burn, My Sleeping Karma and Three Thrones. We shared the stage with Three Thrones at the Soundhouse back in 2012. Their sound inspired us during our formation because it was as heavy as and was completely instrumental.
Jack: Did you always plan to be an instrumental band?
Royyy: Yes definitely! We came from a larger group and wanted complete freedom over all the music (we’re still trying to learn how to make it sound interesting) and we get on really well as a 3 and didn’t want to over-complicate things.
Jack: Your debut Mad Mary came out last year. Looking back are you happy with the album and would you change anything about it?
Royyy: We are very happy with it. We wouldn’t change anything about it, that was the first time we’d been in a studio together, it was a very enjoyable experience.
Jack: What was the recording process like?
Royyy: It was recorded at Plus Eleven recording studios, in one day completely live. The process was a real challenge as we were trying to nail five songs within a small space of time. We have a music video documenting the day which gives an impression of how the recording went. (Found at top of article)
Jack: Is there a theme to the album?
Royyy: Not really, it was just to see if we were able to write our own songs and record them. It was just to prove to ourselves that we could make our own E.P.
Jack: Who did the cover art for the album and does the multi-fingered hand represent anything?
Royyy: The artwork was created by local designer Liz Mayes. It represents a gesture to heavy music, also something we do during our gigs.
Jack: A lot of bands think the stoner/sludge and doom scene is getting stagnant and repetitive. Do you agree?
Royyy: No, not at all. The amount of bands we have now played with/watched shows to us that the scene is growing at a steady rate. Especially when we hear of local bands heading off to Europe on tours and playing small-to-medium sized festivals across the country.
Jack: There is a lot of talk from people saying there is a problem with British music. Do you agree?
Royyy: We don’t think there is a problem with British music, it does have its flaws however, but it depends on what you’re looking for and what you want to listen to. There’s a whole host of different and interesting stuff, it’s out there if you’re willing to discover it.
Jack: You’re a band from Colchester. What do you love about the scene?
Royyy: It’s such a supportive scene, it has a real sense of community, we often see the same faces at gigs. There’s a load of great bands which brings the whole thing together.
Jack: What makes The Waiting Room so special as a venue?
Royyy: What venue can you witness people form a human pyramid in the middle of a circle pit?
Jack: What plans do you have coming up? New music perhaps?
Royyy: New music in the pipeline. We plan to record our second EP before the years out.
Jack: Finally, what is your favourite album?
Royyy: As a collective, Arch Stanton by Karma to Burn.
Jack: Thank you so much for your time and have a good show with Dunbarrow!
Royyy: Thank you!