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“Merchant Royal have been perfecting their material, performing all around town for the past two years, and the release of their EP is a happy day for their many local fans. I have had the great pleasure of seeing them perform live several times, and I really love Christina Manteris’ bluesy vocals. Rich and velvety, they spread all over the delicious vintage-inspired instrumentation like butter on toast. The band is full of talent, and they work hard for their audience—the show is worth your time, every time.”

“After sitting on their recordings for a year, Merchant Royal—named for a treasure-laden ship that sank off the coast of England in 1641—is finally releasing their debut album, a self-titled EP that encapsulates the band's early days. Most of the five tracks were written by Manteris and guitarist Ryan Arnold during a burst of creativity in summer 2012. For Merchant Royal, the album-release show is a "culmination" of their past gig-heavy months. Once Merchant Royal is out, the band is taking some time off from performing to write and scheme.”

“The raw croon of Manteris mixed with the talented structure of the band creates a unique and powerful sound.”

“Focusing on thick melodic harmonies over soft blues music, Merchant Royal provides calming sounds for the ears. With impressive vocals from Christina Manteris, [they are] a joy to listen to.”

“Salt Lake City's Merchant Royal is a band content on blending soulful, robust vocals with immediate and infectious guitar riffs. Inspired by music from the 60s and 70s, there's a timeless quality to lead track "Cherry Tree" that reminisces on the sound of Nashville's Buffalo Clover, alongside other great rock movers and shakers. Christina Manteris fronts the band with a Janis Joplin influenced vocal, gutsy and raw but also retaining a sublime, velveteen quality.”

“A band of young folks with soul and maturity beyond their years, Merchant Royal is one of those groups that “everyone’s talking about.””

Fat's Grill

“Merchant Royal makes a name with its own sound”