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Black Keys fan to RoyalHeadache: Mind your Ps and Qs

A disgruntled Black Keys fan has sparked this week’s latest meme: A fake tumblr account decrying the manners of opening act Royal Headache.

Rude Headache invites users to share their experiences of “being mistreated by this extremely uncouth band”. Responses so far have ranged from lambasting Royal Headache for their poor pub etiquette (“I saw one of the dudes from royal headache drinking at a pub without a coaster under his beer”) to questioning their credentials on the open sea (“They consistently fail to sound their klaxon as they exit the Heads, thereby thumbing their nose at over a century of rich nautical tradition”).

The tumblr account was prompted by a post on the band’s Facebook’s wall last night, in which a Black Keys fan said she “walked out” on their performance at the Sydney Entertainment Centre because bass guitarist Joe Sukit turned his back on the crowd. “Perhaps get your bass guitarist to acknowledge your audience rather than performing with his back to everyone,” she wrote. “Height of rudeness & embarrassing for the main act.” In response, singer Shogun wrote back: “We had fun. I might have forgotten to tuck my shirt in too, sorry about that.”

This isn’t the only online “controversy” Royal Headache have been caught up in this week, with the boss of their label R.I.P Society, Nic Warnock, outing himself as the Independent Music Awards heckler in a stinging missive published on hipster music website Crawlspace. In addition to owning up to yelling out “not independent” when Sydney label Ivy League were mentioned, Warnock attacked other nominees, suggesting their contribution to culture is on par with 50 Shades Of Grey and vajazzling, and likening them to “music from tampon ads”. Incidentally, Royal Headache took home the award for Best Independent Album that night.

Reviewing Monday night’s sold-out show with The Black Keys in Sydney, FL contributor Max Easton said Royal Headache received a fairly lacklustre response. “There is one kid in front of me awkwardly hopping along to punk songs, and it’s at that point you realise this isn’t about selling Black Keys fans on the hype of Royal Headache. Rather, it’s potentially opening the eyes of that one kid to the world that hides underneath the radio.” Full report here.

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MorningAfterboy said on the 24th Oct, 2012

No mention of your stunning satire in a later RH wall post, Daz? Some of your best writing ever.


jonnoseidler said on the 24th Oct, 2012

Still don't see the appeal of this band at all, sorry.

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 24th Oct, 2012

If that voice doesn't give you a tingle in your dingle then there isn't much hope for you.


berlinchair101 said on the 24th Oct, 2012

The comments on that are gold..


crob said on the 24th Oct, 2012


Oflick said on the 24th Oct, 2012

Something tells me this facebook poster wouldn't be a Maynard James Keenan fan.


MorningAfterboy said on the 24th Oct, 2012

Really? She comes across as a pretty massive tool.


Andy_1989 said on the 24th Oct, 2012

first time i saw royal headache at an instore i asked shogun to sign my lp and he refused because he thought it was uncool, like something only a wannabe rockstar would do. he was totally right. i was a douche for asking.

i'm not how this anecdote was relevant.


p1owz0r said on the 24th Oct, 2012

From your thee billion, i'm pretty sure that's the best post you've ever made.

Go to bed tonight proud of your achievements young padowan.


twojawas said on the 24th Oct, 2012

i thought royal headache was quite good. i would advise that people give me their radiohead tickets if they don't like a bass player making eye contact with them.


beijomacio said on the 27th Oct, 2012

yeah, royal headache slayed the lacklustre black keys last night in brisbane. they play it like they mean it.


grattan said on the 14th Nov, 2012

Sunset Red

Sunset Red said on the 10th Jan, 2013

since when was music about politeness? i want a live show to fuck me in the face, not offer me moisturizer. although both involve fluid on face. when did people get so soft cocked? accadaccaa yeww