It must be a new trend, new alt-pop music is performed with so much energy and passion that it doesn’t look like generic pol anymore, this is the second time I am witnessing an intense and chaotic riot, whereas the songs didn’t seem to justify such mayhem! And there is no need for the music to be dark or have any trace of goth tones to justify bloody outfits with punk envy. Why not? Royal and the Serpent (the moniker behind Ryan Santiago’s project) was headlining an underground night of music at Highland Park Bowl (HPB), and I was surprised to see how popular they were despite the size of the venue. She has more than 2 M followers on Spotify and her hit song, ‘Overwhelmed,’ was streamed more than 89 M times on Spotify and close to 10 M times on Youtube. It’s actually easy to understand why the tune became such a hit, an anxious stomping electro-pop anthem crowded with crescendo lines and an infectious hook screaming her experience with mental health, something shared by many during these times of pandemic. Although it was written a while ago and does not complain about isolation, the song describes being sensory overload and overwhelmed by too many stimuli, loud sounds, and intense lights. But it has recently resonated among people.
DJ Alice Gao started the show with a stand-up comedy attitude, a fluffy white dress, and some crazy songs, and soon she was followed by DeathbyRomy and her dark pop with metal accents. Her set was gritty with dissonant to doom-metal riffs while her outfit and makeup could have given many vibes from punk to macabre. The songs had a cinematic vibe, and they were executed like dramatic numbers with grandiose instrumentation, a bit like Chelsea Wolfe’s work. DeathbyRomy is Romy Flores, an LA-based singer-songwriter, and if she has declared drawing her musical inspiration from artists such as Björk and Kanye West, her spell was quite unique.
Ryan Santiago aka Royal and the Serpent performed her songs with all the energy you could imagine and more, a bottomless passion and an emotional delivery, while she was backed up by Beauty School Dropout (4 guys on guitar, bass, and drums). The place got immediately crowded and sweaty, filled with the energy of a punk show. If the songs sound like another brand of polished electro-pop online, live, they were an explosive force, screamed at the top of the lungs, stomped by Ryan’s restless onstage moves. ‘I Can’t Get High’ opened the set with a fierce attitude and even though I didn’t know any of the songs, many of them sounded memorable at the first listening, a feeling I rarely get when I go to a live show. ‘Choke’ was a very good example, demarking from the rest with a sort of Gogol Bordello energy. Santiago was some angry girl, yelling ‘Go fuck yourself,’ or ‘I don’t belong here’ during her melodic songs delivered with rawness and grit and a vocal range going from a soft sweetness to a raucous wail. Most of them became passionate anthems as the crowd was matching the band’s energy. ‘Phuck U’ was another singalong and without taking her breath for a second, she jumped in the crowd and triggered a mosh pit. The performance was an emotional experience on display, delivered with drama and it’s barely surprising that some fans have referred to her onstage persona as ‘Lady Cobain’… her EP is called ‘searching for Nirvana,’ and she means it. She even spat on us after a ‘Fuck Covid, I am gonna spit on you.’ If it was not the highlight of the night — aren’t we still in pandemic times —nobody seemed to care. A song went even full metal with the vocal participation of one of the guys of the band while they had to end the set with the very catchy and beloved ‘Overwhelmed.’
‘All I want to do is make dirty grungy punk rock music,’ Ryan Santiago said in an interview, and the result was convincing. Royal and the Serpent made the transition away from being an independent artist and signed with Atlantic Records last year and she joined British artist Yungblud for his global virtual tour ‘The Weird Time of Life’ She is here to shake things up in the pop music scene, let’s wait and see.
a form of personal jesus
something he learned from his legendary uncle
how little this list has in common with the prior ones
a disquieted sadness permeates
Someday they will match TM and AEG as one of the big three
The 2021 “Legends Of Vinyl’s “Gala Awards Night” New York DJs and Artists Hall Of Fame, Tuesday, September 14th, Reviewed
we will pass, disco will live on with lov
¿No preferirías tener el modelo de este año?
play around with the different stems
Live Review: SohoJohnny Presents The Let Me Help, Inc 9/11 Fashion and Music Celebrity Benefit Gala Concert @Rumi Event Space 9/11/21
The star studded, Red Carpet Let Me Help, Inc benefit was a celebration of New York City fashion week, as well as a tribute to the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
it isn’t in the same league as The Beatles Top Five in 1964