We haven’t been shy about our appreciation for Broke Royals here on New Sick Music. With their knack for memorable anthems and a stellar work ethic to bring rock to the top, this Washington DC duo are back with their latest record, a concept album that tells the story of Saint Luxury: the patron saint of wanderers, truth-seekers, doomed lovers, and risk-takers.
The titular Saint Luxury has had it with Heaven and stumbles towards us, where she finds humanity confused and overwhelmed. “Love & Tatters” outlines the general chaos of love with vocals harmonizing and quick pacing. “Can’t Say” shifts the pace and plays with a notable synth line juxtaposed over the guitar, drums, and a search for order through having a voice.
At fourteen songs long, Saint Luxury has plenty of time to explore themes and genres. Each song has a crisp production and a tendency to crescendo into moments that would be at home being sung along to in an arena. There are hints of country influence, the occasional strong flavour of pop, but alternative rock holds the through-line.
Overall, Broke Royals are at their best when their music seems to celebrate all that feels majestic about being alive, as they do on the grand swoop of “Bad Chemicals”, and on the ever-gorgeous “This is Really Happening”, which closes the album and repeats the necessary refrain: “This is really happening / close your eyes and feel it”. It’s a strong final note and a healthy imperative. After the journey that visiting angel Saint Luxury takes you on, it’s good to remember where you are in the moment.
Broke Royals are heading out on tour through the United States and this is one live show you won’t want to miss. Be sure to catch them on their God Bless Saint Luxury Tour in the city nearest you.