Royal Jackets is an energetic 4 piece rock band based in Auckland, NZ, with a sound that draws heavily from 70’s and 90’s rock.
The band came together in 2012 and consists of drummer Josh Sorenson, lead guitarist Ben Jurisich, bassist Matt Harvey and lead singer Jono Ashwell.
Between them they have played and recorded with top New Zealand artists including Sola Rosa, Nathan Haines, King Kapisi, Hammond Gamble, Hello Sailor and supported music legends Eric Clapton, Bryan Ferry, Jeff Beck, Joan Armatrading. John Mayer and Jimmy Barnes.
Together as Royal Jackets they have opened for Hello Sailor, 80’s pop hit makers the Narcs, modern rockers I Am Giant, and Aussie rockers Collins Class on their 2016 NZ tour.
In 2016 Royal Jackets played a headlining slot at TSB Bank’s Festival Of Lights in New Plymouth.
The band placed 2nd overall at the 2016 Demon Energy Battle Of The Bands at the King’s Arms in Auckland and also won the award for best songwriting.
Influences such as The Beatles, David Bowie and Queen feature heavily in Royal Jackets melodic and structural content while hints of Rage Against The Machine, Led Zeppelin and Faith No More come through in the bands heavy grooves.
Royal Jackets spent 2017 recording at Roundhead Studios and released their debut self tilted E.P. on Jan 7 2018. Their follow up E.P. is expected to be released mid 2018.