The Royal US
is Heather Lockie (Vocals, Viola, Banjo, Noises), Max Kutner (Guitars, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Noises), Brian Saia (Gadgetry, Noises, Sonic Dreamweaving) and Steven Kai Van Betten (Vocals, Guitar, Noises). The Royal US mines the wealth of well-traveled murder ballads, laments and sea shanties from the British Isles, continuing the tradition of folk in the 21st century through live electronic manipulation and extended improvisation. Recently, the Royal US has applied this treatment to some original pieces.
Though the group's primary source material is public domain, The Royal US discards the act of preservation and homage altogether. This is modern folk as imagined by modern folk.