In recent years we’ve seen a notable and refreshing surge in bands wearing their classic rock influences on their sleeve, helping connect the next generation to many of the greats we and our parents listened to. Greta Van Fleet is a large-scale example, but another up-and-coming quartet is bringing back classic bluesy-rock vibes and mixing it with their own modern alt-rock sound for a highly memorable blend. Enter Waterloo, Iowa’s Guss Royall.
The “about” section of the band’s Facebook page makes it clear in just a few words what Guss Royall’s intentions are: “Rip-roarin Rock N’ Roll. Send out good vibes. Get good vibes back.” Frankly that’s a perfect description of their style and ethos as a group. Their diversity shines through in the fact that they’ve performed with the likes of Drowning Pool and at Mumford & Sons’ “Gentlemen of the Road” Festival.
The band’s latest EP, released on March 24 and titled Fate, Pride & Bowties, features soulful rock & roll with touches of Americana, Blues, and is flat out fun from start to finish. Stream the EP’s excellent closing track “Castle” below!