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Formed over a shared passion for the electric sound, attitude, and culture of the 60’s & 70’s, Port Royal is the modern day Australian love child of feel-good rock & roll. Bursting onto the Australian scene out of the suburbs of Brisbane in early-2015, the band is comprised of Lawson Doyle (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Samuel Shepherd (Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals), Connor Arnold (Drums, Backing Vocals), Liam Morton (Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals) and with the live addition of Simon Hatton (Saxophone) & Curtis Scibilia (Trumpet). Influenced by various backgrounds of Jazz, Folk & Blues music, the ‘Port Royal’ sound is a mixture of the high energy 12-bar groove of the Rolling Stones combined with the smooth soulful elements of a Beatles ballad.

Since the release of their debut EP titled “The Express” in 2015, the band have supported a number of national and international acts such as Dead Kennedys, Wolfmother, The Jungle Giants & The Delta Riggs. They have also featured on a number of local festivals across QLD, NSW & VIC. Their 2017 single “Get Heavy” earned them a number 2 position on Brisbane’s 4ZZZ Hot 100 that year; backed by a music video featuring the substitution of the band’s frontman for his charismatic puppet doppelgänger. 2018 saw the band gain further national credibility after the success of mid-year single ‘Rock & Roll is Dead’ and it’s sacrilegious ‘vampire’ themed music video which received play on rage and MTV & Australia. The track proves that rock & roll is anything but dead. It’s loose, high octane retro goodness was the fuel for another east coast run that culminated in the band’s first sold out homecoming show!

Their sophomore EP ‘Love Passion Satisfaction’ was released in August 2018 and was described by Happy Mag as “5 tracks of potent, good time rock n roll that evoke the blues, basslines and hooks of rocks heyday while lyrically keeping it real with themes of equality and positivity”. The EP’s lead single ‘One of a Kind’ proved to be rather a juxtaposition to the band’s previous releases but now reigns a crowd favourite in audiences around the country.

Genres Alternative, Blues, Indie, Rock, Rock'n'Roll, Roots, Pop, Retro, RnB
Members Lawson Doyle
Liam Morton
Connor Arnold
Samuel Shepherd
Influences The Rolling Stones, Oasis, Delta Riggs, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Black Keys
Phone 0404810757
Email info@portroyalband.com
Website https://www.portroyalband.com/
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Location Brisbane, QLD Australia

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