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Royal Bangs grows by shrinking

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011

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Most bands try to get bigger as their careers go along. But between albums Knoxville’s Royal Bangs got smaller — physically, at least.

The group shrank from five to three members after touring to promote its sophomore album, 2009’s “Let It Beep.” And guitarist Sam Stratton says the adjustment had to be made in short order last year.

“After it became a three-piece, we only had two weeks to prepare for South By Southwest and immediately go out on a European tour,” Stratton, 25, recalls. “We had to gradually rearrange the songs and get them ready for three people to play, and I don’t know how good it was at first.

“I think the three-piece is a lot better. It gives us more space, and it’s really easy to work like this.”

Stratton says the band — which also includes multi-instrumentalist Ryan Schaefer and drummer Chris Rusk — was able to be “much looser” on its third album, “Flux Outside,” which came out in March. And he predicts that Royal Bangs will remain a three-piece for the foreseeable future, though he doesn’t rule out adding members for performing purposes.

“It comes up every now and again,” Stratton says. “I think the consensus is that it’s just the three of us in the band, but maybe it would make sense at some point to bring along somebody to play bass or keyboard on a tour if the songs require it. But for now we like it with just the three of us.”

Royal Bangs and Cloud Nothings perform Friday, April 15, at the Magic Stick Lounge, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

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