THE members of Bathurst band Crimson Royale are enjoying the spoils of their victory in a band competition earlier this year.
The five teenage talents have emerged from the recording studio with their first single, which is now available on various digital platforms.
“When it came out this morning [last Friday], I messaged the boys and just thought it was awesome,” lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Luke Furbank said last week.
“We’ve taken the most of our opportunities and now we’re trying to get it [the single] out to as many people as we can.”
Crimson Royale – made up of Furbank, 15; lead guitarist Ben Howle, 17; drummer Jackson Howle, 17; keyboard player Jake Parker, 17; and bass guitarist and back-up vocalist Tom Rodham, 15 – won the battle of the bands competition at the Bathurst and District Relay for Life earlier this year.
The band performed covers of songs by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, the Rubens, Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as playing the members’ original song, Drive Me Crazy.
The judges made particular mention of the band’s preparation and Jackson Howle’s drumming in naming Crimson Royale as the battle’s winner.
As the winner, the band members had the chance to record Drive Me Crazy at Dotted Eight Cafe and Studio at Orange with Craig Honeysett in the last school holidays.
It was the first time the band had recorded a song professionally.
A day of pre-production – “it was basically just a jam and to set up and get a feel for the room,” Furbank said – was followed by a full nine-hour day in which each part was recorded, starting with the drums and then moving on to lead guitar, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, keys and vocals.
And were the band members nervous?
“We got the nerves out in pre-production. You don't feel as nervous when you come back in. There’s not as much pressure,” Furbank said.
The single was mixed and mastered and was released on July 7. The song has been added to the playlist on Bathurst station B-Rock FM.
Furbank said Drive Me Crazy – which he described as alternative rock or “chilled rock” – was composed by Ben Howle and the lyrics were written by himself and Parker.
“Ben was just mucking about on a guitar at school and came up with that [the music] two years ago,” he said.
The lyrics, Furbank said, flowed smoothly from the first line.
Those who would like to buy the single can visit the Crimson Royale Facebook page.