Listen to Palaye Royale’s haunting version of Tears For Fears classic Mad World

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Palaye Royale (Image credit: Ashley Osbourne)

Palaye Royale have released a video for their cover of Tears For Fears’ classic 1982 track Mad World.

The single comes after the North American outfit released their third studio album The Bastards, which arrived earlier this year through Sumerian Records.

Palaye Royale say: “Despite the original being released nearly 40 years ago, the timeless content of the song is just as relevant today as it was back in 1982. We hope you enjoy our twist on this classic.”

The Bastards is the follow-up to 2018's Boom Boom Room (Side B) – and reflecting on the themes behind the new album's lyrics, vocalist Remington Leith said: “We need a little honesty and a little truth. 

“The world is getting so tainted by everyone trying to be so fucking perfect and so goddamn PG and trying to walk this line of not trying to offend anyone. People need to be themselves, just for 20 minutes at least.”

Leith is joined in Palaye Royale by guitarist Sebastian Danzig and drummer Emerson Barrett.

Palaye Royale: The Bastards (opens in new tab)

Palaye Royale: The Bastards (opens in new tab)
North American outfit Palaye Royale released their third studio album The Bastards earlier this year through Sumerian Records. It features the tracks Lonely, Little Bastards and Anxiety.

Palaye Royale: The Bastards
1. Little Bastards
2. Massacre, The New American Dream
3. Anxiety
4. Tonight Is The Night I Die
5. Lonely
6. Hang On To Yourself
7. Fucking With My Head
8. Nervous Breakdown
9. Nightmares
10. Masochist
11. Doom (Empty)
12. Black Sheep
13. Stay
14. Redeemer
15. Lord Of Lies (Bonus track)

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