ROYAL CODA’s pedigree, not only in terms of technical proficiency, but also in terms of crafting labyrinthine, multi-textured compositions, speaks for itself. Formed by guitar virtuoso Sergio Medina (Sianvar, Stolas), ROYAL CODA is a supergroup of musicians from within the post-hardcore scene and features Will Swan (Dance Gavin Dance, Sianvar, Secret Band) on guitar, Kurt Travis (ex-Dance Gavin Dance, Ex-A Lot Like Birds) on vocals, Joseph Arrington (A Lot Like Birds) on drums and Steffen Gotsch on bass.
Sometimes chaotically frantic, sometimes beautifully fragile and sometimes both, ROYAL CODA blend complex time signatures, soaring vocal lines and intricate guitar lines into their vast and elaborate soundscapes. The ebbs and flows of timbre and volume swell together to create a collection of gloriously whimsical and emotive songs. The new album title, ‘Compassion’, is a nod to the last Dance Gavin Dance album, ‘Happiness’, that both guitarist Will Swan and vocalist Kurt Travis recorded together before Kurt left the band.