Royal Sugar have released their ambitious new single, “California Nightmare” today. Perfectly encompassing the band’s mission to bring 80’s glamour into the modern mainstream by merging it with trendy pop sensibilities, the track is a great example of just how much they have grown since their inception. What started as a TikTok cover project (featuring renditions of Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, and more) has blossomed into an undeniably lovable trio poised to release more original tracks this year.
Of the song, the band said, “The song is about reliving a romanticized mirage of a past chaotic fling. We believe everyone can relate to the experience of reflecting on their own past with rose-colored glasses from time to time. Musically we intended for this debut to reflect our love for modern pop music while, not-so-subtly, showcasing our 80s stadium rock influences; equal parts anthemic hooks and an unmistakable wall of distortion!”
The rockers walk a tightrope sonically between the excessiveness of their stadium rock heroes of the 1980s and the mainstream pop sensibilities of today’s mainstream radio hits. It is not shrouded in mystery that the trio has no desire to aim to be a darling treasure of rock fans alone. Royal Sugar intends to bring their luxurious flavor of anthemic melodies to the masses through their dynamic live shows with no shortage of glitter or leather.