KINGS STAGGER

by Royce

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1.
Why I struggle, Why I brace myself, When the lights go on, It’s all so…so casual. . . . Let her fix on me, Drown, on, down, to me Most amateurs, So much faster, Going backwards, Nothing personal. . .. Do the rapture, To capture, Most amateur, Of her actors. . . So much faster, All dappers, Her disaster, Keep a personal. . . Head master, Kings stagger, Cause afterschool, Still doesn’t matters Why I struggle, Why I brace myself. . . Let her fix on me, Drown, on, down, to me Host an amateur, Slow to fast there, deFendin’ slackers, Listing’ personals. . . .Close an aperture, Ready capture, Most amateur, Of her actors. .. .. Many flappers, Keep it dapper, In disaster, Too personal, Head past her, Bling flasher, alabaster, Still doesn’t matter Most amateurs, So much faster, Going faster, Nothing personal. . . .Do the rapture, To capture, Her most amateur, Of actors. . . . So much faster, All dapper, Her disaster, Keep a personal. . . Head master, Kings to control, Cause afterschool, Still doesn’t matters
2.
02:54
Sweetness, I’m sad to say, This is the last breath, Of intimacy The sugar source, Has fallen prey, Sweetness, I’m sad to say Your mischief, Your business, So mischievous, So bisnevious Sweetness, I’m sad to say, This is the last breath, Of intimacy, So mischievous, So mischievous What you wanted need be, So you said, so down low, Flaunt your new world to me? How low, Keep it up, Your heads up, Keep your bidness from me, Talking mischief to me? So, your names in the street?, How high? I been up, So get up, get up get up Your mischief, Your business, So mischievous, So bidnevious
3.
The sun dried socialites with spare change for better days, Soaked up in oceans of alcohol And the sun-kissed reckless desperate pursed lipped heiress, In Vutton’s polish Gravely lit queens in Vutton knowledge, Vintage in pearls, snails in your toes Find the pots, bail me out, comb for beach glass and Sunday hats Seagulls and starfish, dried up in shark eggs, Fortune and fire, on islands glory Fortunate, inland still, Fortune, distilled for some Gentlemen here, now is the time, Manners, standards For all such ladies, now is the time, Manners, standards The sun-dried socialites moon dust ballroom pink particles charged with silky white Tease a tale in season, the sunken forest desires of dry ice light Quarterly, lit fiend, chesterfields, cramped up, sunfish, sails, rock yachts for years Find the helm, wash me up, comb for driftwood dragons Generators, coasting in, graves expectations, fortune and fire on island glory Fortunate, Inland for some Gentlemen here, now is the time, Manners, standards For all such ladies, now is the time, Manners, standards, Manners, Standards The sun-dried socialites with best friends for better days, in stirrups in a straight line Your tight mind so divine, snip-its of pinchin’ dust, you’re partners, Such a rebellious design
4.
04:26
The well-behaved, Wax and wane, Of clickin’ heals, Gone astray Well our past was messy, But so much fun, Our past was messy, But so much fun Descend, descending, Descend, descending, I’m on; I’m on my way . . .Swinging from hand to hand, Yeah, do your worst, boy, Yeah, do your worst, girl Cause I’ll go on, Recklessly, desperately needing Taking chances, And always misreading On and on, As I go missing, There’s this feeling, That somehow I’m better off XX
5.
04:00
A friend, A lover, The bend, Of seasons, On my block, In my brain, The headlights, The feedback In my head, Bent low, In the clouds, In the rain On my street, Of lovers, The gutter, The Stars In my eyes, Turn over, The streets , Of lovers, Of Friends, Of them, Of seasons, In my brain A friend, A lover, The bend, Of seasons, On my back, In my brain, The headlights, The feedback, In my head, Bent low, In the clouds, In the rain On my, My back, In my streets, Of lovers, The gutter, The stars, On my street, Of lovers The goddess, The stars, A friend, A lover, The bend, Of seasons, On my block, In my brain, The headlights, The feedback, In my head, Bent low, In the clouds, In the rain, On my street, Of lovers, The gutter Of stars
6.
05:03
Salt water, sand in our bed, Crescent carved, into the sun So lovely, fin du monde, Where we wash our feet, in the mild waves Yeah she’s dancing, Yeah she’s dancing Watch me dive, How low, how far below, Atlantis At the surface, gasping for air, Clutching the shore, away from the grotto (Josh and Jason) Little children run up to you, Touching your hair and pulling your hands Coastline sparkles and island curves, Into the shade Time out to dry, Time out to try, How slow how close we are, You’re still here, You’re still here, Atlantis
7.
DAVID, DAVID LYNCH - DAVID, DAVID LYNCH I’m on again, I’m off again, I’ll kick down your door, Droppin’ shoulders to be sure DAVID, DAVID LYNCH - I’m on again, DAVID, DAVID LYNCH - I’m off again (the twin peaks) x4 I clock the walls, To take my time, To make a peasant score, For my life, in store, Wax to war
8.
03:38
The Crush, Defender dissenters, Will break Don’t break, A tender dissenter, Will loot, loose Crush, Don’t break the tender Crush, Don’t break, defend her, Once Epcotic Robotic, Cascading all crutches,Epcotic Robotic, Decycle all craft Bastards, Bastards
9.
04:58
Shell shocked, under a gun, Hand it over, yeah let it go Struck down, Strike down. . . I ain’t layin’ down, I aint leavin’ town I’m standing up, Under a gun The power of one? under a gun, I’m innocent, ain’t no evidence .. . Struck down, Strike down I ain’t layin’ down, I ain’t leavin’ town, I’m standin’ down, Under a gun. . . . Tear it down, tear the old, Tree house down, yeah let it go. . . Struck down, Strike down I ain’t layin’ down, I ain’t leavin’ town, I’m standin up, Under a gun
10.
You’re tired, You’re restless - You’re under, Flourescent – Flicker --Your reckless, Messin, Stepping out Tonight, No mercy - For beauty - No sleep - For the beast So Embarassed, By the scars you hide So lovely, In the mirror - So lovely, In the mind In all four eyes, That tell all the usual lies You’re blushing, You’re bleeding, You’re stepping out - Tonight, So lovely, In the mirror - So lovely , In the mind , In all four eyes , That tell all the usual lies
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04:17
12.
04:04
Please, No more, We plead, No war, Set us free, From your greed, Let us be, Declare peace

about

Chicago's Royce is back with its third full-length release, additional band members and an exciting new approach that marks a rebirth of quality independent music. Recorded throughout aughts at Chicago's eclectic Shape Shop, "King's Stagger" captures the feel of the band's live performances, showcasing their layered sound, honest song writing and devotion to vintage instruments. The album's warm tones are brilliantly produced through analog mixing boards and other classic recording gear, providing a pristine palette for the extensive instrumentation and sweeping lyrical treatments that will captivate even the most discerning critic.

After years of playing live shows around the globe, Royce's new album reveals a band that is maturing, becoming a more versatile, cohesive unit that can capture the beautiful, the poignant and the playful--all in an accessible, iconic manner. Unfortunately, these breakthroughs arrive on the heels of a crumbling record industry, which forced the group to acknowledge the changes taking place and make bold moves in response. That's why Royce has decided to give their groundbreaking music away for free. Alternative marketing strategies that include all of the standard products, along with a healthy touring schedule, will allow the group to reach out to the masses in style. Royce continues to support former label mates, Galapagos4, and new label mates, Obey Your Brain, performing shows with notable local acts and touring with monsters such as Kool Keith, RJD2, Qwel, Typical Cats, Icy Demons, Chandeliers and many more.

In many ways, Royce's new approach to disseminating its music flows directly from the concepts that drive "King's Stagger." As the album title suggests, everywhere we turn the giants that controlled industries from banking to automobiles to the music biz are teetering. With each passing day, another lost hero, another jailed politician, another bankruptcy. "Kings's Stagger" is an acknowledgment of those realities, and yet it recognizes that these travails great space for a youthful optimism and new beginnings, which are captured in the amusing bridges and break-beats that thump just below the catchy, melodic surface.

Often hailed as the best Chicago band that is actually from Chicago, Royce is a collection of city kids who grew up together and learned to play music mimicking funk and breaks beats from early hip-hop, house and disco records. Founded in 1994 by Justus Roe (a.k.a. DJWhiteLightning), Jamie Clemmons and Connor Klaus, Chicago's musical tapestry impacted them from the beginning. With the recent additions of multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Spizziri and guitarist Ben Spanus, the band has melded their wide-ranging musical sensibilities into a tight-knit, multifaceted unit. From Mississippi John Hurt to West-coast phenom E-40, Daft Punk to James Brown, Tears for Fears to Os Mutantes, the band's influences pulse through the music they make together. But while their sound may be otherworldly, the bandmembers themselves are down-to-earth. No tight jeans at the ankles or stategically messy hair here, just a bunch of old friends trying to be real in a game filled with gimicks.

Royce is:

• Jamie Clemmons-Vox, guitars
• Conor Klaus-Drums, percussion
• Justus Roe-guitars, keys, engineer
• Ben Spannus-guitars
• Nicholas Spizziri—guitars, keys, vox, drums
• Ross Wall-Keys
& sometimes Andre Corbin & Danny John

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released July 7, 2014

Royce is: Jamie Clemmons - vox, guitars, bass Conor Klaus - drums,
percussion, Justus Roe - guitar, bass, keys, Ben Spannus - guitar,
Nicholas Spizziri -guitar, keys, vox, drums, Ross Wall - keys.
Recorded, Engineered and Mixed by Justus Gillette Roe III at the Shape Shoppe, Chicago, IL.

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