ROYAL GREEN – ” Royal Green ” Bryan Devendorf of The National

Posted: September 20, 2020 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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The National's Bryan Devendorf. Credit: Graham MacIndoe

Although The National are not slated to be releasing music in 2020, the members have been keeping more than busy. Aaron Dessner has worked with Taylor Swift on Folklore, Matt Berninger has a new solo album out in October, and now the band’s drummer Bryan Devendorf has released his debut solo album under the name Royal Green. The album takes on a more electronic, experimental approach, and features contributions from Aaron Dessner and Muzz’s Josh Kaufman. The eight-song effort showcases Devendorf’s individual strength as a songwriter, with each track containing multitudes of instrumental and lyrical depth.

Considering that The National are taking some time off, you’ve probably seen their name mentioned a lot lately – what with frontman Matt Berninger‘s anticipated solo record and guitarist Aaron Dessner having a big hand in Taylor Swift‘s latest release, drummer Bryan Devendorf arrives with the surprise release of his new project Royal Green, but he’s not here for any headlines or glory!

“I’m trying to keep it low-key,” before the record is due to drop. “I’m just the drummer checking in!”. The self-titled album consists of four originals and three covers of the likes of The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac. The lyrics were written by a friend, and I adapted them. I definitely relate to them. It’s quite introspective. It’s trying to not take itself too seriously, but be serious about it! There’s a nostalgia theme to the whole album. I’m taking stock of my life and memories and putting them to song.” ‘Dreams’ by Fleetwood Mac is one of those songs I heard on the radio when I was three or four. It blew me away – her voice, the drumming, it was all so appealing. As for The Beatles song, well, all my life I’ve been accosted by people saying, ‘Hey man – you look like John Lennon!’ I liked The Beatles as a kid and thought this song was cool so I set it to different chords. The Dylan song reminds me of a transitional time in my life when I was trying to develop a more permanent relationship with my current spouse.”

Royal Green, the debut album from Bryan Devendorf (The National, LNZNDRF) with sound designer Nate Martinez.

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