Theatre Royal / Royal Function Rooms
Bill Williams (words) and Ione Bruce (pics) went to see a different kind of royals party in Rochester
Artrocker favourites Theatre Royal are keeping it local for the launch of their album ‘At The End Of A River, The Sea…’, and in the basement bar of the Royal Function Rooms you will struggle to find a more intimate setting.
After excellent support from Black Lion Courtiers, Theatre Royal blast straight into their set with the darkly tinged Indie mini-anthem ‘Katherine’s Sleeping’. They follow this with the excellent ‘Don’t Stop’ but more noticeably the waltzing shanty ‘Three Ships’ which is the first song to truly captivate the audience and get people moving - good old 3:3 timing! ‘A Hundred Thousand Tears’ the new single gets an airing showing Theatre Royal’s country influences and midway through the set we hear the excellent previous single ‘Story of My Life’ standing up to the excellence of the record with a slightly raw, punchier feel.
Parts of the set featured the excellent John Whitaker on trumpet including 'If You Could Stand Up (You’d Walk Away)’ which showcased his best work of the night and was the beginning of a thrilling conclusion featuring ‘Here It Comes’ with its cheeky 60s alternative intro followed by fan favourite ‘Stuck To The Floor'. Following the successes of supporting PiL at Rochester Castle and smartly avoiding any potential second album syndrome, 2012 can be labelled as a year of progression and development for Theatre Royal, with 2013 surely earmarked as a busy year for Kent’s anthemic indie rockers.