New England is a place steeped in tradition and history. From Aerosmith and New Edition to Donna Summer; New England has solidified its place in history. Hidden in Rhode Island is a band looking to leave their own contribution, Royal Street. Originating on Royal Street in Providence, RI; the funky pop-rock four-piece band is comprised of Viana Newton (lead vocals), Alexander Beattie (guitar), Zack Brock (bass), and Brian Cauti (drums).
Their desire to “try something new musically” brought them together. They’ve been together for a year, but they’re already being honored for their involvement on the New England music landscape. Royal Street was recently nominated for Best Pop Act of the Year 2016 by the New England Music Awards. Though they didn’t ultimately didn’t win the award, they were feature with renowned acts that have been together for considerably longer than a year. Royal Street’s achievements haven’t gone to their heads as they’re maneuvering the course of being a DIY-band.
Royal Street declared, “One of the biggest challenges is the fight to be true to yourself throughout the process of writing and recording songs, and then traveling around the country to play those songs in front of anyone who will listen.” With the feedback they receive, at times it’s hard for them to remember what they set out to do in the first place. Luckily people around the band keep them focused. In their time together, Royal Street has accomplished a lot from playing Vans Warped tour to learning valuable life lessons. The Band stated, “We’ve experienced all of these amazing opportunities that we didn’t think we’d have under our belt by now.”
With their experiences have come important teachings. Royal Street has learned much about themselves and the music industry. The most important of them all is, “ This shit is hard.” Hours of hard work are spent thinking about every aspect of their business from the band’s appearance, musicality, booking, interviews, artwork, merchandise, their equipment, van, trailer, and the list goes on and on. Realizing, chasing any dream isn’t easy, Royal Street stated, “ We just plan to keep fighting until we’re given the chance to be somebody.”
Aside from playing 100 shows this year, Royal Street has only one goal in mind which is to leave behind a worthy legacy. They mentioned, “We are so passionate about this group and we want to meet everyone, see everything, and make memories while playing music to anyone who wants to hear. We hope to gain fans every tour we do and one day be headlining tours and just having a blast doing what we love.” Only time will tell the impact that Royal Street leaves on music. They are off to a great start.