Ruthless rhythms and backyard beats weave between heart-tugging ballads. Subtle, alluring vocals sit atop warm, glowing bass and percussive tremors that have become signature to Royce's rumble and snap sound.
The continued success of their first release, "Subtleties of the Game," in addition to tours with Galapagos4 in Europe and the U.S., Royce has harvested fresh fuel for their sound. The quartet returned to the studio to produce a record that captured the heart and soul of growing up in the Windy City. Amidst this alchemy of sound called TUFF LOVE, Royce continues to carve out its niche in popular music and looks forward to their third release in 2009.
"Chicago's Royce is the live band for all the hyper-electric record collectors out there, solemn heads that dig on blues, psyche, prog and hip-hop." URB
"Evoking a combination of Sam Prekop of The Sea and Cake and Chris Martin of Coldplay. . .disco-era beats. . .hallmarks of the Isley Brothers or Can." Chicago Tribune
"Royce trudges through all the boring, arcane bitscrafting something more sublime." The Wire
"a band woven so intricately into Chicago's hip-hop scene that it requires attention." Chicago Sun-Times
Royce has recently toured the U.S. and Europe, opening for Qwel, Typical Cats, RJD2, Denizen Kane, Outerlimitz, Mestizo, Awol One, Pit-Er-Pat, The Shapeshifters, 2Mex