Name: The Royal Blue
Karm Kerwell – Guitar/Vocals
Jeff Taugner – Bass
Jason Nelson – Drums/Backing Vocals
Latest Release: Latest Release – Big Bad Cake LP
Upcoming Project: Fall gigs and winter song writing
Big Bad Cake LP – 2018
My Woman on a Train EP – 2017
Ramshackle Grove LP – 2016
The Royal Blue EP/Demo – 2015
The Lyric Room, Green Bay – Aug 11
MOMFest, Milwaukee – Aug 24
On Broadway, Green Bay Farmer’s Market – Aug 29
Others in progress
Describe your sound:
3-Piece Power-Pop Garage with flavors of blues, punk and electric folk.
What’s the band’s origin story?
The Royal Blue’s origins began during the 1980s Wisconsin Punk Rock Scene. Karm Kerwell and Jeff Taugner were in the Wisconsin based punk band THE MESS (1983-1986). Notable recordings consisted of their highly esteemed demo tape “Caught in the Middle” and an EP titled “It’s All Wyrd”. With a few tours under their belts and some crazy shows the Mess called it a day in 1986. Karm then joined the San Francisco based SYSTEMS COLLAPSE, serving from 1986 – 1988 as lead vocalist. Both Karm and Jeff then fell into obscurity until they met years later in Jeff’s basement in 2014 to begin work on songs for THE ROYAL BLUE. Jason Nelson was discovered in a craigslist add and brought aboard to join the Blue. Jason was the drummer for Appleton’s SEVEN FEET TALL (1997-2007). He then went on to play for the Green Bay based QUARTER LIFE CRISIS until around 2012.
Who are your influences?: The Clash, The Strokes, Iggy Popp, Johnny Cash, The Kinks, Jet, The Traveling Wilburys, and The Rutles.
Favorite Venue to Play: They’ve all been great.
Where did you record?/Who did you work with?/How was the experience?
Big Bad Cake was recorded at the I Scream Parlour in Green Bay during the winter/spring of 2018. It was a fun, collaborative project with our band and the engineers and co-producer (Jamie Koebe). The I Scream Parlour guys know their game and were on top of helping us get the sound we wanted. The LP was mastered at Mystery Room Mastering in Milwaukee. We’ve never met Justin (owner) but he did a great job on Big Bad Cake as well as last year’s My Woman on a Train EP.
Anything else the world should know about you? We are always up for doing a show, even with a bit of travel. So don’t hesitate to contact us!