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An alt-country Americana supergroup of sorts, the Royal Wigs -- bassist J. Scott McClintock from the Great Lakes Myth Society; singer, songwriter, and guitarist Joe Black from Girls Like Cigarettes; drummer Frank Corl from Seldon Plan; and singer and guitarist Ralph Rodriguez from Agents of the Sun -- already had a long and illustrious indie pedigree when they joined forces.
Named after a wig store Black used to live near in New York City's East Village, the band recorded its debut five-song EP at Orion Studios in Baltimore, Maryland; entitled Cosmic American Heartthrob Blues, the EP was released in December of 2012. --Steve Leggett, ALLMUSIC GUIDE
NATIONAL SUPPORT: Previously, members of The Royal Wigs have opened up for or toured with such diverse acts as Dada, 311, Cage the Elephant, Longwave, Patti Smith, Of Montreal, British Sea Power, L.A. Guns, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, GWAR, Jawbreaker, The Cringe, Fuel, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, Avail, Mary Lou Lord, The Spin Doctors, Angie Aparo, The Roots, Train Wreck (Kyle from Tenacious D), Local H, Tidewater Grain, Senses Fail, Love Automatic, Trapt, Staind, Papa Roach, The Sea, Gary Lucas’ Gods and Monsters, The Homosexuals, Porcupine Tree, SR71, and many others. Band members have also played all the major music conferences to include SXSW and CMJ as well as toured nationally.
RADIO/TV/PRESS: CMJ COLLEGE MUSIC JOURNAL; SKOPE MAGAZINE; TIME OUT NEW YORK; VILLAGE VOICE; BALTIMORE CITY PAPER; WFMU 91.1 New York, NY; WIYY 98 Rock Baltimore, MD; WDBK 91.1 Camden, NJ; WHFS 99.1 Baltimore, MD; WVUA 90.7 University of Alabama; WTMD 89.7 Towson, MD; WVUM 90.5 University of Miami; WMUC 88.1 College Park, MD; WLOY Baltimore, MD; WBMB 89.7 New York, NY; WMBC Baltimore, MD; Breakthru Radio; Warp.com.mx Radio (Spanish Language); The Tim Qualls Show: DE/PA/NJ; Insomnia Internet Radio BALTIMORE & NEW YORK; TLP Internet Radio (Tampa); Tim Duncan Show - WFMU NYC; XM RADIO; Technorati; Large Hearted Boy; Pop Tarts Suck Toasted; Brooklyn Vegan; The Capstone Connection, Tranquilizer Records Radio (Toronto), Indie Crown Internet Radio (Chicago), Bullpit Podcast Radio (Los Angeles), SKOPE TV and RADIO; RockRadioCafe Internet Radio, Indie 104.1 iradio (Los Angeles), Rockstar Wrestling (Chicago), World Cafe iRadio Intl (Asia/S. Asia).
"4.5 / 5 STARS - White Line Fever is a song with all the elements to be a hit in the country charts...if you enjoy old-time country rock, i.e. nothing to do with Taylor Swift or many of these modern pop country artists, this album is for you..." VENTS MAGAZINE
"Cosmic American Heartthrob Blues is the recently released debut EP from The Royal Wigs, a multi-genre outfit with country leanings. Though the members hail from Michigan and Maryland, their sounds and lyrics tend to venture south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Joe Black's lyrics in "Leaving NYC" make Jack Kerouac seem like a homebody...The Royal Wigs are somewhat reminiscent of Seven Mary Three, of such fine, brooding pieces as “Cumbersome” and “Water’s Edge.” The EP’s fifth and final track, “It’s Over Now,” presents a jaded voice from a weary heart. The lyrics are eminently mournful. Less desperate are the prospects of The Royal Wigs, as the EP showcases considerable talent..." SKOPE MAGAZINE
"'5 / 5 STARS - Cosmic American Heartthrob Blues’ is one hell of a first effort! The recording features five songs that all stand out in their own right, showcasing elements of country, indie roots, alternative and even pop, which definitely screams Americana. On the track “Oh, My Soul” so much damn feeling is hitting you all at once, so much power & emotion slapping you around from all directions that its like a Mack truck full of Royal Wigs heading straight toward you! The 5-track recording ends on a very touching note that will impact the listener for sure and will leave them wanting more. The audience will be applauding The Royal Wigs and a finish like this deserves a standing ovation & curtain call..." JIMMY RAE'S MUSIC BLOG
"4.5 / 5 STARS - After hearing "Oh, My Soul," the first single from The Royal Wigs' EP Cosmic American Heartthrob Blues, you begin to hope that all of their songs are as good as this... Not only have they created a sense of nostalgia within their lyrics, but they conjure up the memory of earlier times in music with their melody, making "Oh, My Soul" a song that is both classic and modern at the same time." Alec Cunningham, BLANK MAGAZINE.
"The album title actually defines this EP. It's country but plays by the rules of alternative rock. Joe Black's voice is standard country and his melodies are both catchy and rapturous...The result comes out brilliantly. My least favorite kind of music is country but I really enjoyed this. It's made for rock fans." THE MUSICAL JUNKIE ONLINE BLOG, Featured Artist, March 20th 2013.
"Loving this album by the Royal Wigs. Joe Blacks' voice gets to me every time I listen, you can almost hear the heartbreak in his voice when he sings these ballads. Great lyrical and melodic compositions. Looking forward to new material from this great American band..." SUPPORT LOCAL INDEPENDENT MUSIC, GLOBALLY ONLINE BLOG.
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