Sydney's Royal Headache have finally released their debut album in the U.S., and it's a real firecracker. The 12-song disc flies by in an economical 26 minutes or so, and it's an energizing listen. The real star of the show is Shogun, the band's benicknamed lead singer. This is what The Faces might have sounded like if they had debuted after Rocket to Russia came out. Shogun has some of that same blue-eyed soul sound that Rod the Mod could deliver in spades back in the early '70s, and instead of electric blues, his bandmates bash out some state-of-the-art, punk-influenced rock. It's a buzzy, delicious concoction, and since this track is all of 1:33 long, be sure to play it several times.
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