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Broke Royals Release New Music Video, 'Christmas Cookie Blues'

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Alt-rock outfit Broke Royals release the music video for "Christmas Cookie Blues".

Composed of Colin Cross and Philip Basnight, the duo met at the College of William and Mary, where they were working on a music programming board. Not long after, Basnight showed up at Cross' studio to put together some demos. The two gelled musically, and soon created Broke Royals.

Billboard applauded the band; Southwest Airlines called them Artists on the Rise, and CBS proclaimed them as one of the best live bands in D.C. When performing live, they add the talents of Taimir Gore and Ben Wilson, and have shared the stage with Dashboard Confessional, Real Estate, Car Seat Headrest, and AWOLNATION.


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Broke Royals dropped their self-titled debut album in 2017, followed by "Bad Chemicals." Now they offer up "Christmas Cookie Blues," just in time for the holidays.


"Christmas Cookie Blues" opens with an ebullient pop-flavored rock melody riding a simple yet contagious groove. The pulse of the rhythm infuses the tune with retro-laced colors composed of yacht rock washes. Sparkling piano notes and a tamped snare give the harmonics a crunching resonance akin to Rice Krispy treats.

The vocals are rich and smooth, full of soft dulcet textures and fond reminiscent timbres. Doo-wah background harmonies bathe the music in Motown radiance.

The video, directed by Tyler Scheerschmidt, presents Ozzie and Harriet visuals, stylishly pristine and domestic. A gleaming kitchen and decorated Christmas tree provide the setting for the band, dressed to the nines, to play and sing about fond memories of a lost love. The music and the visuals belie the melancholic lyrics, giving the video a tongue-in-cheek sass.

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Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.


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