Royal Thunder’s ‘Plans’ Is a Bleeding Heart Ballad Reminiscent of Janis Joplin
Royal Thunder‘s hybrid of bluesy rock ‘n’ roll, wanderlust psychedelia and folk is as inspired as music comes. With their newest album, WICK, on the way, they’ve released a stunning acoustic ballad with a touch of gospel and choir that will leave you emotionally floored.
“Plans” (heard below) features trance-inducing, lightly distorted guitar strums, minimalist percussion, fleeting moments of gentle piano work and the raw power of Mlny Parsonz‘s bleeding-heart vocals. Truly reminiscent of the moods evoked by the legendary Janis Joplin, the song builds to a climax near the end, only to slip into a decrescendo as Parsonz’s voice becomes timid, gently singing, “Come back.”
“This is a song about taking chances,” Parsonz told Noisey, who premiered the track. “You can sit on your plans or pursue them. Sometimes, the outcome is not always that which we desire. And sometimes life surprises you and places another stepping stone on your path, hopefully leading to happiness.”
She continued, “Either way, even in the pain of loss, there is something to gain. It’s in choosing to find the good in all things that we walk away with our chin a little higher. This song, for me, was me processing my loss. At the end, the lyrics, ‘Come back…’ will forever echo in my head for that loss. Some things never die. But you still have to live.”
WICK will be out on April 7 through Spinefarm and pre-orders can be placed at at the band’s webstore or digitally here. Catch Royal Thunder on tour with Brant Bjork starting April 9 with a list of dates found at our 2017 Guide to Rock + Metal Tours.
Royal Thunder, “Plans”
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