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Joining host Brad Steiner is Australian guitar-pop duo Royel Otis (Royel Maddell and Otis Pavlovic) for an Audacy Check In from the Hard Rock Hotel New York to discuss their current tour, new music, and plenty more.

Currently on the road in support of their 2024 debut album Pratts & Pain, Royel Otis will be making stops in the U.S. until the end of May before heading overseas for the summer, and returning again to make their way across North America this fall. Amid their travels, the duo also decided to release a couple of bonus tracks from Pratts & Pain -- "Claw Foot" and "Merry Mary Marry Me" -- available for streaming now.

A fan of the duo since the arrival of their 2023 single “Sofa King,” Brad admits he subsequently tried to tell everyone that he knew about them, but never could quite describe what they sounded like. “We stole the drumbeat from a Stone Roses song,” Royel admits. “It definitely has to have a little bit of that” -- and just like Stone Roses with their signature gang vocals, he and Otis both agree, "just us shouting.”

Though Royel humbly says he places full faith in his writing partner, who he feels has a firmer grip on how to actually get things onto tape, Otis says their writing process is still similar to their early days of sending each other demos. “One of us will have an idea and then we just start working on it. It's the exact same,” he says as Royel adds with a stretch, “more sleep-deprived with them all.”

Life has been a little bit more hectic for the duo these days, touring in support of their debut Pratts & Pain. “We just had a nice experience everywhere, and the crowds have been incredible It's really hard to differentiate all the shows,” Royel says of their time on the road.  The most memorable part, he admits, was visiting our neighbors up north. “We had to go through a border and s*** our pants while we were getting searched and stuff,” he laughs. “I don't know if it's the timing or anything, but the crowds have been louder and much more enthusiastic again,” he adds.

Tickets for Royel Otis' 'Glory To Glory' North American tour are on sale now.

Don't miss our full Audacy Check In with Royel Otis above, and stay tuned for even more conversations with your favorite artists on Audacy.com/live.

Words by Joe Cingrana Interview by Brad Steiner

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