"Royal Republic have now fully assimilated the power of disco and aren't afraid to use it": Royal Republic continue to party on the exuberant Lovecop

It's a rock'n'roll boogie wonderland

Royal Republic: Lovecop cover art
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Swapping the gold lamé lounge jackets of 2019's magnificent Club Majesty for full Priest biker leathers this time round, exuberant Swedes Royal Republic have now fully assimilated the power of disco and aren't afraid to use it. 

As the throbbing My House shimmers into life with slick 80s production flourishes, you know there's no denying this party invitation. 

The title track boasts an irresistible thumping bass line, Wow! Wow! Wow! features a rumbling, Eddie Gunn-style riff, Freakshow brings the funk, Adam Grahn's vocal channelling David Lee Roth, F-bombs going off left, right and centre, and sitting in prime position is the astonishing, crystalline mirrorball ballad Lazerlove

Boots, Love Somebody and Ain't Got Time are fast, riffy and eminently danceable, while full-throttle love song Electra sets up closer Sha-La-La-Lady, which finds the band going almost fully Kool & The Gang. Lovecop is a disco inferno, Royal Republic style.

Essi Berelian

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.