The Royston Club will take their touring game to new heights next year as they head to Austin, Texas to play at the SXSW festival.

The Wrexham-based band, made up of mates from school, formed in 2019 and have taken huge strides in that time.

They have already had over 3,000,000 streams worldwide and have nearly 80,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, thanks to tracks like 'Shawshank', 'Mariana' and 'Mrs Narcissistic'.

Having just completed their own UK tour this summer, where they played at venues in London, Liverpool and Glasgow to name a few, their plans for 2022 have already got fans excited.

The Leader got the thoughts of lead guitarist Ben Matthias, bassist Dave Tute, drummer Sam Jones and lead-singer Tom Faithfull on starting out 'jamming' in a garage, to announcing plans to play in America.

"The Royston Club started as Tom, Ben and myself jamming to songs we loved in my garage," said Dave.

"Ben started to write a few tunes and came to us with them which is when we decided we needed a drummer, so we asked Sam and the rest is history.

"It’s still quite mad seeing how many people are coming to our gigs and have been listening to our music over the last couple of years. It’s been really special being able to sell out tour dates in cities we hadn’t played before as well. It’s also really exciting to be getting more radio time through people like Janice Long and Adam Walton."

Only this week, Janice Long had the band do a live session on BBC Wales tonight, as they continue to tick things off that they've done during a 'crazy' few months, as described by Tom.

"The last few months have been crazy to be fair. It’s mad given that we’d only played ten gigs before lockdown," he added.

"To then coming out of lockdown and how much we enjoyed the tour with all the people coming out to watch. We’ve had a couple of really good support slots which has been great as well.

"So yeah, it’s been a really good couple of months since lockdown."

Speaking about the tour, he added: "I think our favourite places to play on tour were probably Nottingham, Glasgow, and Sheffield, we had some great crowds there and at some pretty cool venues as well.

"Also, our headline at Chester was great too because it was the biggest one we’ve done to date, so it was cool seeing so many people turn out for that. We just can’t wait to play even more next year."

2022 promises to be a big year for the band and while they're all excited to cross the pond to the land of stars and stripes, they're taking it one step at a time, says Sam.

"It’s a mad opportunity for us, not many people can say that they’ve gone to the US, especially this early in their careers," he said.

"We’ve got a little bit of a following over there already and hopefully with this we can grow that. It’s going to be unbelievable; we’re all buzzing for it, and we’ve just got to make sure people remember The Royston club!

"A US tour is something that we’re up for, but we need to bide our time a little bit first and get to grips with the UK before we think about that. We want to make sure that if the opportunity arises, we can go over there and smash it out the park."

When discussing their plans for the future, Ben says there is one place The Royston Club do have their eye on.

"Obviously we've got Texas in March, which we're all really excited about, we’re hopefully going to do a couple of little America gigs while we’re over there," he said.

"Hopefully a big festival season in the summer, a UK tour in April and May and doing as many gigs as we can."

"I think we’d all agree the Glastonbury pyramid stage is the most prestigious and we’d all pick that if we could play anywhere on the planet. Growing up seeing loads of icons play there, it would be a proper special thing to do."

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