Royal Bangs are an American music group from Knoxville, TN. Formed in 2005, the trio is composed of Chris Rusk (drums), Ryan Schaefer (keyboard, vocals, electronics), and Sam Stratton (guitar). Royal Bangs released their debut LP We Breed Champions in 2008 through Audio Eagle Records, an independent record label founded and run by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys. The following year, German label City Slang released the album in Europe where British music magazine Uncut described the record as “belting garage rock, quirky indie rock and bamboozling electronica, all served up in one smart and super-confident package, rather like a chirpier, younger, less navel-gazing Radiohead.”
"If you've met Bo Hansen, you know he's mentally ill. Luckily, for both our label's financial prosperity and your listening pleasure, he was able to team up with two other sick human beings and channel their frustrations in dealing with society into a long-lasting sonic orgasm." -Matt Horde
Samuel Fick, a St. Louis native, has been wielding his guitar around town for almost half of his life. Only in the last two years has he donned the stage name Samuel Fickie. Never officially releasing an album, Fickie draws his crowds in with anticipation as they eagerly wait to hear songs they know can only be heard live. In the last two years Fickie has opened for such acts as Matt Costa, Jessica Lee Mayfield, ON AN ON, The Wooden Sky, The Blank Tapes, Yellow Ostrich, Strand of Oaks and many other renowned artists from around the globe.
Recent reviews hail: "Fickie is a passionate performer whose love and commitment for what he does practically glows out of every pore." - PlaybackSTL.com
"Fickie slid his careful fingers over the frets of his guitar with passion and warmth. His set was over too soon and the crowd stood hushed, stunned by the performance." - KDHX.com