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U.S. Royalty formed in 2008 in Washington, D.C. Built around the lifelong musical collaboration of brothers John and Paul Thornley, vocals/piano and guitar, respectively, and rounded out by Jacob Michael (bass), and Luke Adams (drums), the group has refined and expanded their collective vision since their earliest practices spent shivering around a single heater while ensconced in an abandoned trailer in rural Maryland.
While the band had a collection of demos recorded mainly to book gigs they were approached by Brooklyn-based Engine Room Recordings to release a selection of the songs on a 7-inch entitled Midsommar. They have made appearances at SXSW, NXNE, Art Basel and CMJ. They have been featured in Esquire, SPIN, The New York Times, The Washington Post and highlighted on NPR.


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  • Hazard02

    I hated Nothing To Lose, please no more of that rappers featuring songs.

    3 May 3:42am Reply
  • bkelleher

    They sound so much like Local Natives it makes my head spin.

    1 Feb 2014 Reply
  • hi-def

    After Mirrors I had huge expectations for USR's next drop. Just gave Blue Sunshine a spin and I can't say I instantly loved it. Kinda expected more. Guess I'll give it a chance to grow on me though. Love these guys.

    29 Jan 2014 Reply
  • m1ke_c1av

    New album is awesome!!

    22 Jan 2014 Reply
  • caiosun4

    Glad they're back

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • CagedElephants

    Saw these guys open for third eye blind a year and a half ago

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ArcaneDark

    Just found this group. Absolutely incredible. I had been searching lately for this type of sound and style that seems so hard to come by. Loving every minute of it.

    26 Aug 2012 Reply
  • DeathMask1

    Meses y meses escuchandolos y no me canso.

    11 Jul 2012 Reply

    Pretty good, found them on the Spotify radio for 'Stange Talk' (another good band).

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • Biondello

    Oh yes, they do! Check out their recent Daytrotter session!

    7 Jan 2012 Reply
  • MusikMtsJoy

    They need more listeners!

    21 Dec 2011 Reply
  • GaS_b

    perfect band! *_*

    17 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Indieon

    Excelente su musica! mucho tiempo sin escuchar algo que me llenara tanto :) que buena banda!

    25 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Magnolia0711

    I want to kick myself for not finding them earlier! Such excellent music!!

    31 Jul 2011 Reply
  • retrodreamer13

    You're amazing, I love "Raincoats."

    23 Jul 2011 Reply
  • beechbum

    I was initially addicted to Keep it Cool, then found Mirrors which is different but wow! simply awesome, so much depth, folky, a lot of diverse influence! great stuff

    19 Jun 2011 Reply
  • adaam2

    and @Jack_Cousteau: Yes 'Monte Carlo' shares a similiar hook with Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams'

    4 Jun 2011 Reply
  • adaam2

    equestrian first listen. blown away!

    4 Jun 2011 Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    Exciting stuff

    18 May 2011 Reply
  • JuanCSSousa

    a great surprise!!

    11 May 2011 Reply
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