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Alternative Rock

“Formed summer / fall of 1996, by brothers Emil, Ivar and sister Elvira (Nikolaisen) with a friend David Siraj. A couple of months later, early '97, Oystein replaced David on bass. Ivar quit and Tommy became the new permanent drummer.

Emil: “We wanted to “expand” our sound and got another friend, Remi as a second guitar player. ROYAL was born in the form we know it. When we (Elvira and I) were small we used to sit the whole family singing together. Our father is a musician, so we got introduced to lots of different styles of music, knowing something of everything from folk, gospel, classical music, jazz, bossanova & blues to pop, country, rock and punk (Emil even used to play in the death metal band Extol, and Tommy and Remi used to tease others with the noise of their hardcore punk rock band S.A.F.D.). This made us want to challenge the idea of use these sounds together.”

Signed with Soulscape Records Sweden spring of '97 and recorded our debut album summer '97, at Berghem Studio, Sweden, with good friend Daniel Smith of Danielson Familee producing.”


1997 Demo
1998 My Dear Tooth & Nail Records


1997 Independent

My Dear

1998 Tooth & Nail Records (TND1124) Elvira Nikolaisen - Vocals
Emil Nikolaisen - Guitar, vocals
Remi Christiansen - Guitar
Øystein Aase - Bass
Tommy Akerholdt - Drums

  1. Haze (3:38)
  2. Lazy/Tired (3:40)
  3. Treasure (3:41)
  4. M Rke Natt (4:31)
  5. Please (4:30)
  6. Missing (3:35)
  7. Cover Me (4:37)
  8. Seven Days (1:56)
  9. Reveal (2:53)
  10. Beautiful (5:25)
  11. Glitter (3:15)
  12. (To) Love (4:45)