U.S. Royalty: The TVD First Date

Local heroes—no joke, I see them around all the time—U.S. Royalty embark on a trek across the States this week with a stop Sunday at the SweetLife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion along with The Strokes, Cold War Kids, Girl Talk, Lupe Fiasco, Crystal Castles, and Ra Ra Riot.

This morning however, we’re going crate digging with the boys.

“…vinyl began with Jeff Beck’s “Blow by Blow.” I loved the cover. It looked like the first record I needed to buy and own. While a little free form, the track “Cause We Ended As Lovers” really hit me hard. Such a somber track but so captivating. As a whole, the album struck a resounding chord with me.

U.S. Royalty | Equestrian

At the same time I was listening to that, a friend lent me the Buckingham/Nicks album. To this day it is still only available on vinyl. They have never reissued it. It’s such a beautiful album. It’s Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks’ first album, and it’s right before they were asked to join Fleetwood Mac. My favorite song on there is ‘Crying in the Night.'” —John Thornley

“I remember digging through my mom’s vinyl collection at an early age and pulling out LP’s by The Beach Boys, Beatles, and a lot of Berry Gordy’s Motown catalog. The two I remember most vividly were The Beach Boys’ All Summer Long and Rubber Soul by The Beatles.

I remember the light-hearted feel of the Beach Boys songs and dancing around the living room to songs like “I Get Around,” “All Summer Long,” and “Don’t Back Down.” I think because of all the layered harmonies on the album you could just about sing along to any of them.

U.S. Royalty | Montecarlo

I remember jumping on couches, bouncing off walls, and feeling wild and free while listening to Rubber Soul. The album had a completely different sound than the rest of the albums in her collection. Not really understanding the lyrical content at that age, it was more about feeling good than the actual music itself. —Jacob Michael

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