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A BAND THAT SOUNDS LIKE A FAMILIAR PLACE
A sound that harkens back to the end of the age of innocence. Your first act of rebllion. Your first broken heart. Written and recorded on rainy weekends in a coastal farmhouse. Faithfully performed with essential veteran craftsmanship.
Best served loud.


MY CITY SLEEPS

My city sleeps tonight
My city sleeps forever
My city sleeps tonight
My city sleeps

Sydney skyline
Hides the class divide
I swear she used to be fine
I swear she used to be mine
The city's all closed up
The pubs are all shut down
Nobody on the streets
Dance floor ghost town
Old suits and old money
No more milk and no more honey

My city sleeps tonight
My city sleeps forever
My city sleeps tonight
My city sleeps

Nightclubs knocked down
High rise hometown
Quiet in the pub now
Quiet on the streets now
No noise no thrills
Pokies sent to kill
Billboards on the Opera House
The Hopetoun's still shut down
Old suits and old money
No more milk and no more honey

My city sleeps tonight
My city sleeps forever
My city sleeps tonight
My city sleeps

My city sleeps but my heart keeps dancing
My city sleeps but my heart keeps dancing
My city sleeps but my heart keeps dancing
My city sleeps but my heart keeps dancing

My city sleeps tonight
My city sleeps forever
My city sleeps tonight
My city sleeps

NOTES

MY CITY SLEEPS (3:22)
from the single MY CITY SLEEPS (2019)
Recorded September 2018 at "The Farm", Whoota, NSW Australia and February 2019 at "The Vennpire", Surry Hills, NSW Australia. Lukey Andersen (bass), James McLaren (lead guitar, drums), Rohan Venn (vocals). Words by James McLaren and The Royal Duke Hotel.
Produced by Dane "Moose" Kloos and The Royal Duke Hotel.
Mastered by Steve Smart at Studios 301, Sydney, Australia.
© 2019 The Royal Duke Hotel


LOOSE CHANGE

I'm so tired living with your ghost
Still can feel you in my bones
I'm not scared of what may come
Say the brave right or wrong

Let her go. Deep down you know
You can hitch a ride somewhere down the road
We made mistakes. Hearts were made to break
There's just some souls you're never gonna save

Loose change
We're gonna end these games
Loose change
We're gonna break these chains

Wear these scars like they were tattoos
Say that time heals all wounds
Wear it in and live in this skin
Shake it loose and stretch these wings

Let her go. Deep down you know
You can hitch a ride somewhere down the road
We made mistakes. Hearts were made to break
There's just some souls you're never gonna save

Loose change
We're gonna end these games
Loose change
We're gonna break these chains

I don't want to have to keep living in pretend
All good things must come to an end
Lay down your guns and end this war of words
Right or wrong you never really know for sure

Loose change
We're gonna end these games
Loose change
We're gonna break these chains

NOTES

LOOSE CHANGE (3:15)
from the album THE ROYAL DUKE HOTEL (2018)
Recorded November 2016 at "The Farm", Whoota, NSW Australia. Lukey Andersen (lead guitar), Dane Kloos (keys, percussion), James McLaren (drums, bass), Rohan Venn (vocals). Words by Lukey Andersen.
Produced by Dane "Moose" Kloos and The Royal Duke Hotel.
© 2017 The Royal Duke Hotel


EVERYBODY

Everybody knows what they're talking about
Everybody knows but they don't wanna shout it out loud
Shout it out loud
Shout it out loud

Everybody cares but they're fucking about
Everybody cares but they're fuck, fuck, fucking around
Fucking around
Fucking around
Fucking around

I know you're not there
I know I'll see you
When you are dead

Everybody knows what they're talking about
Everybody knows but they don't wanna shout it out loud
Shout it out loud
Shout it out loud
Shout it out loud

I know you're not there
I know I'll see you
When you are dead

NOTES

EVERYBODY (1:41)
from the album THE ROYAL DUKE HOTEL (2018)
Recorded November 2016 at "The Farm", Whoota, NSW Australia. Lukey Andersen (bass), James McLaren (lead guitar, drums, keys), Rohan Venn (vocals, percussion). Words by James McLaren.
Produced by Dane "Moose" Kloos and The Royal Duke Hotel.
© 2018 The Royal Duke Hotel


HERE COME THE REFUGEES

Those who flee are forced to leave their homes
Say goodbye to the old life and they're gone
Pitching tents in the sand
Looking for a place to stand
And take care of their own

Here come the refugees
Over land and over sea
Here come the refugees
Asylum is a human right

Risking life to survive a new day
Boat goes down, they all drown anyway
All they own on their back
Following the railroad track
This is not an attack
Don't turn them away

Here come the refugees
Over land and over sea
Here come the refugees
Asylum is a human right

Those who lead plant the seed of new fear
Our old boys sent to kill an idea
Eliminate the terror cell
Their home towns are bombed to hell
Not their choice, can't you tell
We did this to them

Here come the refugees
Over land and over sea
Here come the refugees
Asylum is a human right
...Right?

NOTES

HERE COME THE REFUEES (3:01)
from the album THE ROYAL DUKE HOTEL (2018)
Recorded November 2016 at "The Farm", Whoota, NSW Australia.
Lukey Andersen (lead guitar), Dane Kloos (percussion), James McLaren (drums, bass), Rohan Venn (vocals, trumpet). Words by Lukey Andersen.
Produced by Dane "Moose" Kloos and The Royal Duke Hotel.
© 2018 The Royal Duke Hotel


GENERATION LOST

They say we are the lost generation
They say the kids are not alright
Every week a new excuse
For alcohol and drug abuse
We live in never land
We've got nothing to lose

We are not young but we are free
And this is how we choose to be
We don't know when to go home
The madness never stops

Generation lost
Generation lost
Generation lost

They say we have no direction
They say we're drifting in the wind
We are not the vacant youth
We're all grown up with a new attitude
We live in never land
We've got nothing to lose

We are not young but we are free
And this is how we choose to be
We don't know when to go home
The madness never stops

Generation lost
Generation lost
Generation lost

NOTES

GENERATION LOST (3:32)
from the album THE ROYAL DUKE HOTEL (2018)
Recorded March 2017 at "The Farm", Whoota, NSW Australia. Lukey Andersen (lead guitar, acoustic guitar), Dane Kloos (Tom Petty Keys, percussion), James McLaren (drums, bass), Rohan Venn (vocals, trumpet). Words by Lukey Andersen.
Produced by Dane "Moose" Kloos and The Royal Duke Hotel.
© 2018 The Royal Duke Hotel


STAND BETWEEN ME
AND THE FIRE

Hey! Don't let them pull the rug from under you
Hey! Just pick some fucking chords and follow through
Hey! Hold your breath and get an alibi
Hey! Just give them silent treatment 'til you die

Waste your time on me
Come get yours it's free
Stand between me and the fire
Stand between me and the fire

Hey! Just get your enemies in cemetries
Hey! Fuck 'em up until the nth degree
Hey! Turn off the light and we'll burn the shadows
Hey! Eviscerate the cunts 'til they're blood and marrow

Waste your time on me
Come get yours it's free
Waste your time on me
Come get yours it's free

Stand between me and the fire
Stand between me and the fire
Stand between me and the fire
Stand between me and the fire
UGH!

NOTES

STAND BETWEEN ME AND THE FIRE (2:25)
from the album THE ROYAL DUKE HOTEL (2018)
Recorded March 2017 at "The Farm", Whoota, NSW Australia. Lukey Andersen (bass), James McLaren (lead guitar, drums), Rohan Venn (vocals). Words by James McLaren.
Produced by Dane "Moose" Kloos and The Royal Duke Hotel.
© 2018 The Royal Duke Hotel


ONE FOR THE ROAD

I won't lie
It's starting to feel right
And we just met tonight
Don't swim against the tide

Got a light?
Share a cigareette outside
Ignore the butterflies
Friends wait at the bar inside

I'm not talking myself out of it
I've just got to wait and see
I'm not ready to say goodbye
Stay for one more drink with me

Hey! Maybe it could be love
Are you the one i've been dreaming of?
We'll never get the chance to know
If we don't have one for the road tonight

We said "hi"
And now we're misbehaving tonight
And we're up until the light
So let's just take the ride

I'm not talking about one night stands
We've just got to wait and see
I'm not ready to say goodbye
Stay for one more drink with me

Hey! Maybe it could be love
Are you the one i've been dreaming of?
We'll never get the chance to know
If we don't have one for the road tonight

NOTES

ONE FOR THE ROAD (2:25)
from the album THE ROYAL DUKE HOTEL (2018)
Recorded July 2017 at "The Farm", Whoota, NSW Australia. Lukey Andersen (lead guitar), Dane Kloos (keys), James McLaren (bass, drums), Rohan Venn (vocals). Words by Lukey Andersen.
Produced by Dane "Moose" Kloos and The Royal Duke Hotel.
© 2018 The Royal Duke Hotel


KEEP ROLLING 'TIL THE WHEELS COME OFF

Zero to one hundred miles per hour
The fire we started is not going out
Tell me a story of love of brokern hearts
I'll tell you the ending before it even starts

Push it to the limit, you're never gonna see it
'til the edge is in your mirror
The sanest days are mad, the best i ever had
It's messy but it's clear
It's clear...

Am I ever gonna slow it down?
Keep rolling 'til the wheels come off
Am I ever gonna come around?
Keep rolling 'til the wheels come off
Am I ever gonna figure it out?
I keep rolling 'til the wheels come off
Keep rolling 'til the wheels come off

Running out of gas living for the now
I'll never die wondering I don't know how
Always been careless with secrets in the night
I'm not a good listener but I know you're right

Pedal to the metal, I'm never gonna settle
For an average life
Lean in to the bend, the journey never ends
Live fast with no fear
No fear...

Am I ever gonna slow it down?
Keep rolling 'til the wheels come off
Am I ever gonna come around?
Keep rolling 'til the wheels come off
Am I ever gonna figure it out?
I keep rolling 'til the wheels come off
Keep rolling 'til the wheels come off

NOTES

KEEP ROLLING 'TIL THE WHEELS COME OFF (3:43)
from the album THE ROYAL DUKE HOTEL (2018)
Recorded November 2017 at "The Vennpire", Surry Hills, NSW Australia. Lukey Andersen (guitars, bass, drums), James McLaren (keys, guitar solo), Rohan Venn (vocals). Words by Lukey Andersen.
Produced by Dane "Moose" Kloos and The Royal Duke Hotel.
© 2018 The Royal Duke Hotel


CALM BEFORE THE STORM

The safety of the harbour
The fury of the sea
Changing tides dragging anchor
Dark clouds of obscurity

It's the calm before the storm
You better brace for what's to come
It's the dark before the dawn
Have we forgotten?

The sound of rolling thunder
Sands shifting in the wind
Weight of the world on your shoulders
No place to take shelter in

It's calm before the storm
You better brace for what's to come
It's the dark before the dawn
Have we forgotten?

Whoa... Whoa... Whoa... Whoa...
Whoa... Whoa... Whoa... Whoa...

It's the calm before the storm
You better brace for what's to come
It's the dark before the dawn
Have we forgotten?

NOTES

CALM BEFORE THE STORM (3:43)
from the album THE ROYAL DUKE HOTEL (2018)
Recorded March 2017 at "The Farm", Whoota, NSW Australia. Lukey Andersen (acoustic guitar, rhythm guitars, bass), James McLaren (drums, lead guitar), Rohan Venn (vocals, trumpet). Words by Lukey Andersen.
Produced by Dane "Moose" Kloos and The Royal Duke Hotel.
© 2018 The Royal Duke Hotel


KILLER IN THE NIGHT

Dead body
Pool of blood
At the house by the lake
There must be some mistake

Labour day
Long weekend
Just a quiet get away
Now a nightmare holiday

There's a killer in the night
Better run, run for your life
Find somewhere to hide
Killer in the night

No signal
No dial tone
Communications have been cut
A sinking feeling in my gut

I hear him whistling
I hear his boots
Chains dragging on the floor
On the other side of that door

There's a killer in the night
Better run, run for your life
Find somewhere to hide
Killer in the night

Dead body
Smoking gun
The tables have been turned
I will laugh as the fire burns

There's a killer in the night
Better run, run for your life
Find somewhere to hide
Killer in the night

NOTES

KILLER IN THE NIGHT (3:43)
from the album THE ROYAL DUKE HOTEL (2018)
Recorded July 2017 at "The Farm", Whoota, NSW Australia. Lukey Andersen (acoustic guitar), James McLaren (lead guitar, keys, vibratone), Rohan Venn (vocals, toolbox, sawblade, kindling). Words by Lukey Andersen.
Produced by Dane "Moose" Kloos and The Royal Duke Hotel.
© 2018 The Royal Duke Hotel