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Palaye Royale have officially revealed the details about their highly-anticipated third LP The BastardsAlong with the tracklisting, album date and preorder bundles, the brothers three also released a new single and music video for the track “Lonely.”

The Bastards will hit shelves on May 29 under Sumerian Records and feature 15 tracks. 

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Earlier in the week, we got to see the gorgeous cover for The Bastards after an Apple Music leak caused Palaye Royale to post it themselves. 

Fans have been clamoring for Palaye Royale’s third outing since the release of  Boom Boom Room (Side B) in Sep. 2018. After that, we’ve been treated to four new songs: “Massacre, The New American Dream,” “Hang On To Yourself,” “Nervous Breakdown” and “Fucking With My Head,” which all appear on The Bastards. 

The album draws from the gothic imaginings of the three brothers, Remington Leith, Sebastian Danzig and Emerson Barrett, and takes place in a Utopian world known as Obsidian. 

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“It takes place around the island of Obsidian and it’s set in 1888,” Barrett says. “In short, it’s a world that started off with intentions where the island encouraged free thinkers and artists to exist and, as everything does in life, eventually it becomes this political power and evil toxicity that comes with everything. To remain a true individual in the society, you must wear a gas mask.”

To create such a fantastical concept, the band couldn’t just stay in one place. The needed fresh inspiration regarding all elements of their new work. 

“We rented an AirBnB in Joshua Tree, one in London, and we kept on going in little areas and writing new sections of the album,” Danzig states. “It’s crazy — we thought the album was done in March of last year, and we did the heavy stuff in Joshua Tree. We wrote ‘Little Bastards’ a week before the album was supposed to be mixed and mastered.”

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The album doesn’t just deal with fictional protagonists and issues in and around Obsidian either. Lyrically, Palaye Royale wanted to tackle problems afflicting today’s youth. Gun violence, substance abuse and mental health are all represented in The Bastards.

“We need a little honesty and a little truth,” Leith adds. “The world is getting so tainted by everyone trying to be so fucking perfect and so goddamn PG and trying to walk this line of not trying to offend anyone. People need to be themselves, just for 20 minutes at least.”

In addition to the album details and release, Palaye Royale dropped their gorgeous new song and video for “Lonely.” Based on Palaye Royale’s usual sound, “Lonely” hits differently. Coupled with the Leith-directed music video, it’s easy to see it’s about more than loneliness. 

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“Lonely is about the mental and physical abuse I endured as a child, Leith says. “Growing up, I went through so much shit and at points felt so low I couldn’t see a way out. It has affected me deeply throughout my life but I want the world to know that no matter what you’re going through, if I can make it out on the other side, so can you.”

The video echoes the sentiments of the song. It’s moving, powerful and tragic and contains a disclaimer that it should be viewed with caution. The video ends with child abuse, substance abuse and suicide resources if you or someone you know is suffering.

Suicide Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

Substance Abuse Hotline — 1-877-959-1059

Child Abuse Hotline — 1-800-422-4453

Watch the video below. 

“Lonely” Lyrics

So sick and tired of being alone
So long farewell I’m on my own
I’m sorry mom I’ve got to go
I dug this grave I call my home

My life don’t mean that much to me
So I’m living for you yeah I’m living for you
And you can’t stand the sight of me
So what’s the point of this fucked up catastrophe
I’m waiting for my time to start
As I waste it as I waste it
I pop these pills to waste some time
As I’m faded As I’m faded

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This shit messes with my head
The only home I know is my bed
Too lazy for a suicide
I just watch the days pass hoping to die

So sick and tired of being alone
So long farewell I’m on my own
I’m sorry mom I’ve got to go
I dug this grave I call my home
So sick and tired of being alone
So long farewell I’m on my own
I’m sorry mom I’ve got to go
I dug this grave I call my home

Daydreaming of my funeral
Like who would show bet no one would go
Hey Dad would you show up for me now
Just to bury your little boy in the ground
You broke my heart when you left me
Was just waiting Was just waiting
I pop these pills to waste some time
As I’m faded As I’m faded

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This shit messes with my head
The only home I know is my bed
Too lazy for a suicide
I just watch the days pass hoping to die

So sick and tired of being alone
So long farewell I’m on my own
I’m sorry mom I’ve got to go
I dug this grave I call my home
So sick and tired of being alone
So long farewell I’m on my own
I’m sorry mom I’ve got to go
I dug this grave I call my home

Palaye Royale’s The Bastards is available for preorder here. It releases on May 29. The full tracklisting is below. 

The Bastards Tracklisting

1. Little Bastards
2. Massacre, The New American Dream
3. Anxiety
4. Tonight Is The Night I Die
5. Lonely
6. Hang On To Yourself
7. Fucking With My Head
8. Nervous Breakdown
9. Nightmares
10. Masochist
11. Doom (Empty)
12. Black Sheep
13. Stay
14. Redeemer
15. Lord Of Lies (Bonus track)

Palaye Royale were recently completing a European tour, of which many dates were cancelled due to venue issues or coronavirus concerns. On March 12, they posted that they had 36 hours to get back to the United States and they are coming home. 

 

Palaye Royale is set to tour stateside starting April 17. Tickets are available here. A full list of dates is below. 

Dates: 

04/17 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades*
04/19 – Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub*
04/20 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre*
04/21 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre*
04/22 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House*
04/24 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot*
04/25 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall*
04/26 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown*
04/29 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater*

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05/01 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s*
05/03 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues – Chicago*
05/05 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater*
05/06 – Detroit, MI – St Andrews Hall*
05/07 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues – Cleveland*
05/08 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House*
05/10 – New York, NY – Webster Hall*
05/14 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
05/15 – Philadelphia, PA – The Theatre of Living Arts
05/16 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
05/17 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
05/18 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan
05/20 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza ‘LIVE’
05/21 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
05/23 – Dallas, TX – TBD
05/24 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
05/27 – Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom
05/29 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern**
*with The Hunna
**with Jessie Paege

Palaye Royale also appears on AltPress #380. Read all about The Bastards and snag yours below. 

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