The Royalty's local fans have been hearing growing buzz about "Lovers," the quintet's debut album for Chicago indie label Victory Records.
Now they'll get to hear most of it live.
The band, dubbed the "new queens and kings of garage rock" by MTV Buzzworthy, is back in town for a show an all-ages show at 9 p.m. March 30 at Tricky Falls.
Animal Spirits and Black Coats open. Cover is $5.
It comes after a busy couple of months, highlighted by four weeks of recording in Los Angeles with producer Cameron Webb (Ben Folds, Motorhead, Social Distortion) and five shows at the recently completed South by Southwest music festival and conference in Austin.
Tonight's show at Tricky Falls is their first local appearance since they recorded "Lovers" last February and the group's first chance to play most of the new songs in front of a local audience.
"We just practiced last night and now we're determining the album's set list. We're thinking we'll just put a lot of it into the set list," singer Nicole Boudreau said this week.
That the eights songs they played several times at SXSW, including "How I Like 'Em" (featured in a recent label teaser), a few they'd performed in front of local audiences and two new songs the band has "never played live," Boudreau said.
They cut 14 songs in Los Angeles, but expect to release 11 or 12 on the new album. Two others, including a reworking of an older fan favorite, "Alexander," could be released as b-sides, she said.
"If felt so fast," she said of the recording experience. "That one week at South By felt longer than the entire month," Boudreau said. "South By is just so intense."
The band — guitarist Jesus Apodaca, keyboardist Daniel Marin, bassist Will Daugherty, drummer Joel Quintana and Boudreau — played five shows in four days at SXSW, including an unofficial showcase of El Paso bands organized by Splendid Sun Productions, the folks behind the Neon Desert Music Festival.
"It ended up being my favorite show, hands down," Boudreau said, "particularly recognizing the crowd. It was a breath of fresh air to know people. It was fun. Everyone danced. It was the best show."
They did 30-minute sets at their other, official SXSW appearances. They also made a lot of new fans, including one determined one from India.
"Apparently he had a little too much to drink when he saw us. He couldn't remember our name or the venue where we were playing the next day. All he knew was it was 6 p.m. somewhere in the abyss of South By," she said.
The resourceful convert looked up all the 6 p.m. shows that day, then got a list of the 16 bands that played the EP showcase, and figured it out.
"He found us and said, 'I worked all day on this,'" Boudreau said with a laugh, calling it their "coolest" experience at the major music blowout.
The band follows tonight's show at Tricky Falls with a string of 11 dates that will take them to Phoenix, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Denver and other cities through April 15.
They'll return to Tricky Falls on May 5 for their official hometown CD release party, three days before the official release of "Lovers."