American Authors Cover Lorde’s ‘Royals’

I often mention that the right cover song done at an opportune time can be extremely beneficial for an artist. Van Halen took off like a rocket thanks to their cover of the Kinks’ classic You Really Got Me. The Talking Heads had success with Al Green’s Take Me to the River. And, The Cowboy Junkies hit the radar after covering Lou Reed’s Sweet Jane. Here we have a slightly different take with American Authors covering the very popular and contemporary Royals by Lorde. It’s full of joyous hand clapping, banjos, colorful harmonies and a heavy dose of indie rock. This should get some attention for the upcoming release of their debut self titled EP due out on August 27th.

Take a listen to American Authors version of Lorde’s Royals below:

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American Authors – Zac Barnett (vocals), James Adam Shelley (guitar/banjo), Dave Rublin (bass), and Matt Sanchez (drums) – hail from the four corners of the country, but first met as students at Berklee College of Music.  They soon dropped out, moved into a small apartment in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, and started a band.

Meanwhile, producers Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta saw the band perform early on and signed them to their production company, Dirty Canvas.  Each member of American Authors brings his own influences and experiences to the table, creating expansive pop-flavored rock, sprinkled with four-part harmonies, spirited lyrics, and contagious optimism.  “We’re the authors of our lives,” said Barnett, “creating music from what we’ve lived, from what we hope for, from what we feel.  Every day is different and like everyone, our emotions change according to our personal highs and lows and by the challenges or triumphs that affect all of us. We’re not afraid to be goofy one day and serious the next. We just want to be true to ourselves and share our stories for as long as people are willing to listen.”

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