BLACKLIST ROYALS release track ‘Die Young With Me’ for free download
‘Die Young With Me’ UK album release on 25th August, 2014
Playing Reading & Leeds Festivals + additional UK dates in August
Blacklist Royals have released the title track from their forthcoming album ‘Die Young With Me’ for free download to celebrate their upcoming performances at Reading and Leeds Festivals in August, along with two headline shows in Bristol and Manchester.
Nat from the band says of the song – “This was the one that started the entire writing process for this record, and it was the first song Rob ever wrote about being sick. It’s a play on the “live fast, die young” sentiment, and how quickly everyone fades away when you’re faced with that as a reality, the loneliness of knowing you’re an unwelcome reminder to other people about their own mortality.”
When Rob was 17 he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. He spent nearly three years in the hospital, rotated in and out of surgeries and treatments. One of his lungs was removed and numerous side effects lingered. Once Rob was well, supported the whole time by Nat, the brothers moved from their hometown of Huntington, West Virginia to Nashville to begin Blacklist Royals. The group they formed released their debut album, ‘Semper Liberi’, in 2010 and toured extensively for three years.
“We toured so much on that first record and when you live on the road it pushes you to grow up,” Rob says. “That subject matter was floating around in our subconscious. After three years of touring together it was on both our minds. And we’re twins so we just work on the same level.”
Ultimately, the connection between Rob and Nat underscores the music itself. “It was supposed to sound like two brothers in a room playing music together,” Nat says. “That’s what the whole record is about – two brothers who stand side by side and don’t give up. I think that’s something anyone can relate to regardless of their specific struggle. The record is about this really heavy idea. It’s like opening a diary for everyone to read. But you also get it off your chest and it gives you this connection to the fans. It’s been therapeutic.”
Thu, 21-Aug-2014 Bristol, Louisiana
Fri, 22-Aug-2014 Leeds, Leeds Festival
Sat, 23-Aug-2014 Manchester, Soundcontrol
Sun, 24-Aug-2014 Reading, Reading Festival
BLACKLIST ROYALS IS:
Nat Rufus – Lead Vocals/Guitar // Rob Rufus – Drums/Vocals
Dirk Mathews – Bass/Vocals // Brad Blanco – Lead Guitar