Palaye Royale have released the post apocalyptic, Mad-Max-esque music video for Anxiety taken from their new album, The Bastards (out now on Sumerian Records). Co-directed by the band’s frontman Remington Leith, the video was shot in the Nevada desert and picks up where their previous music video for Lonely left off. The track showcases the heavier end of the new Palaye Royale sound found on their latest release.
Musically, The Bastards is an enormous step-up for the band. It is, in turn, dark, lush, angry, vulnerable, caustic and warm. From the grandiose Bond-theme-esque Tonight Is The Night I Die, to the darkly jarring Anxiety, from the quietly heartbreaking refrain of ‘Lonely’ and the massive fuzzed up, distorted guitars of Nightmares (Coming Down), The Bastards demonstrates just how far the band have expanded their writing and musical dexterity, rounding out their already accomplished arson with flourishes of electronics, metal beat-downs, drum n bass beats and haunting string arrangements.
There are singles on the album, luminous highlights, but it’s also a piece of work that works beautifully when listened to as a whole. Lyrically, the album addresses a number of important issues, prevalent to today’s youth – struggles with mental health, the gun violence epidemic, substance use as a means to escape a difficult reality and parental abandonment all play a part in the album’s rich lyrical tapestry.
Speaking on the band’s refreshingly honest and open approach to writing on the new album, Remington adds “We need a little honesty and a little truth. The world is getting so tainted by everyone trying to be so fucking perfect and so goddamn PG and trying to walk this line of not trying to of end anyone. People need to be themselves, just for 20 minutes at least.”