Port Royal Release Single ‘Pinch-Hit’ [IND] (Out September 1)
“The track is a scorching homage to the likes of The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, stuffed to the brim with youthful energy, adventurism and reckless abandon.” (theMusic.com.au) [About single ‘Get Heavy’]
“A high-octane performance… that takes its cues from Rolling Stones-esque ’70s rock and roll.” (Music Feeds) [About single ‘Get Heavy’]
The Brissie classic rockers (Rock N’ Roll/ Blues/ Britpop) Port Royal with their modern spin, antics and persona’s — a reference to their very first music video featuring a puppet in place of their front-man Lawson Doyle — are back with their new single ‘Pinch-Hit’ (Out Friday, September 1 – stream here) and some very exciting news for their growing fan-base along the East-coast of Australia.
Since the release of their debut EP ‘The Express’ released in May 2016, Port Royal have come a very long way as a band. They’ve had to find the “missing [fourth] piece” of a like-minded lead guitarist; they’ve painstakingly worked together to develop their sound and musicality; they’ve reached new heights with their previous release ‘Get Heavy’ with their unique, viral film clip – gaining attention from some major music media outlets; and most recently, supported the nationally touring rock group, The Delta Riggs.
Now, for the very first time Port Royal are hitting the road alongside the release of the new single ‘Pinch-hit’ with shows in Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne and a homecoming show in Brisbane at the Woolly Mammoth to recreate the previously packed out single launch they had in May.
Metaphorically and musically, ‘Pinch-Hit’ is one of the bands more lively, feel-good tunes. It kicks off with an embellished drum roll that leads into the track’s main gritty and groovy hook. Channeling the likes of Robert Harvey from UK dance rock/ Brit-pop band The Music, Lawson’s anthemic-like vocals flow seamlessly between verse into the barraging chorus’ where he is backed up with chants from the rest of the band.
‘Pinch-Hit’ is a term used in Baseball (explaining the single Artwork) and cannot represent Port Royal’s situation any better – having to find a new guitarist, again. In Baseball, the Pinch hitter is a substitute batter that at any point while the ball is dead can replace the next scheduled batter — generally used at a crucial point within a game.
It could be said that Lawson, Chase and Connor being the original three of the band, have had all bases loaded. There was only one out remaining so Port Royal called in their newest recruit/ replacement guitarist Taine to come to the plate who has now officially knocked the ball out of the park on this new track.
“The content of the song very much refers to getting up out of a slump and making something of yourself and not making excuses,” says Port Royal. Something they seem to know all too well and are happy to prove with yet another great modern spin on some classic rock.
Port Royal is available for interview requests, and please contact Kick Push PR to organise media passes for any of their upcoming shows.
Thursday September 14th. Lefties Old Time Music Hall. Brisbane – Supporting the Cherry Dolls
Friday September 15th. Cambridge Hotel. Newcastle
Saturday September 16th. Newtown Hotel. Sydney
Sunday September 17th. Frankie’s Pizza. Sydney
Thursday September 28th. Tote Bar. Melbourne
Sunday October 1st. Evelyn Hotel. Melbourne
Friday October 13th. Woolly Mammoth. Brisbane