Remedies Ahead highlighted Rue Royale’s wide range of influences with tracks like “Change My Grip” – a folkier version of The XX – and single Set Out To Discover and “Pull Me Like A String” feeling like the best of Andrew Bird mixed with the boy / girl vocal harmonies of She & Him.
The band start the UK leg of their tour in November. A full list of dates is below:
- 15th November, Castle Hotel, Machester
- 16th November, Old Cinema Launderette, Durham
- 17th November, The Glee Club, Nottingham
- 18th November, Four Bars at Dempseys, Cardiff
- 20th November, Canteen, Bristol
- 21st November, Glee Club, Birmingham
- 22nd November, South Arts Centre, Devon
- 23rd November, Prince Albert, Stroud
- 24th November, Zanzibar, Liverpool
- 26th November, The Portland Arms, Cambridge
- 27th November, The Latest Music Bar, Brighton
- 28th November, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
- 29th November, Puzzle Hall Inn, Sowerby Bridge
- 30th November, The Magic Lantern, Tywyn
Unlike their first two LPs, Rue Royale (2008) and Guide To An Escape (2011), Rue Royale have taken a divergent approach, writing most of their forthcoming work on the road. The pair give the impression of being plucked out of a Wes Anderson film with deliberate, methodical accentuation. Forged from addictive bitter-sweet harmonies, delicate guitar plucks and a patchwork quilt of percussion Remedies Ahead marks a huge step-up for the pair.
Working with co-producer Paul Pilot (Duke Special, Beth Rowley, Athlete) the pair raised funds through Kickstarter with fans pledging with Rue Royale ultimately exceeding their target they decamped to Bat Box studios in Lewes where along with a tailless squirrel they recorded their latest work.
Named after a road running through the Chicago Suburbs, Rue Royale developed from Ruth and Brookln’s transatlantic relationship. With Ruth being brought up on brit-pop and northern soul and Brookln on American folk and southern gospel the pair cite influences as Mark Kozelek, Radiohead, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Wilco and Air creating a contrasting array of threads in which Rue Royale can form their distinct tapestry.
With their previous releases receiving numerous BBC 6Music and XFM plays as well as a huge interest in blogs worldwide the pair have showcased their unique brand of indie folk taking in festivals, house shows, club gigs and industry showcases across Europe and the US.