Royal Baths - Better Luck Next Life

Royal Baths - Better Luck Next Life
Royal Baths - Better Luck Next Life
Format: Vinyl (LP) 
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Label (Code): Kanine (KR771)
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Release Date: 2012
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"Royal Baths has a lot in common with its San Francisco-based peers, but the moods are completely opposite, the sense of humor’s darker. If the current San Francisco garage/psych-rock scene were a sunny beach party, Royal Baths would be the group hanging out under the dock giving everyone dirty looks." (

Better Luck Next Life follows up the band’s 2010 album, Litanies. Cox and Baer share vocal duties on this LP, although they have distinctly different styles. Baer sings with a Lou Reed-like deadpan voice, while Cox has a lighter inflection.
A lot of artists influenced by the San Francisco sound of the ’60s try to capture the good side of an acid trip, but that doesn’t interest Royal Baths. The band is more drawn to the foreboding aspects of a bad trip, like ending up on the floor in the fetal position with your eyes closed or being haunted by images of your dead cat. The band gets to the sound of those feelings in two ways: First, the band employs creepy, slinking guitar riffs that make it feel as if someone might mug you at any point in the album. Second, Cox and Baer will at times, without warning, go into psychedelic guitar solos and surround you with sharp, paranoid riffs. Despite its psych-rock influences, the duo doesn’t rely on a variety of instruments to convey the mood. Instead, the band doubles down on reverb, feedback, haunting vocals and doom guitar.
The titles for each of the songs give a good idea of what to expect. “Faster, Harder” is a darkly seductive love letter to a girl that descends into an unsettling description of the corresponding pair’s sex life. The album closes with “Someone New,” which is fitting because of how the song combines themes like love and marriage with images like oh, well, just the devil promising to have a girl’s head. (

Track List

A1 Darling Divine        
A2 Burned        
A3 Faster Harder        
A4 Be Afraid Of Me        

B1 Nightmare Voodoo        
B2 Contempt        
B3 Black Sheep        
B4 Map Of Heaven        
B5 Someone New 

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