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Royel Otis’ ‘PRATTS & PAIN,’ is a Musical Triumph for the Senses!

The dynamic duo Royel Otis has just unleashed their highly awaited debut album, PRATTS & PAIN.

Crafted under the expertise of Grammy Award-winning producer Dan Carey (known for his work with Wet Leg), “Pratts & Pain” serves as the inaugural masterpiece for the dynamic duo of Otis Pavlovic and Royel Maddell. The album draws its name from a quaint South London pub, nestled just around the corner from Carey’s renowned home studio. Amidst the creative process, Pavlovic and Maddell found inspiration at Pratts & Payne, often refining lyrics and navigating sonic directions over pints perched on bar stools. Across the 13 tracks, the musical journey seamlessly oscillates between melodic, pop-inspired indie vibes and a mesmerising blend of woozy psych. Royel Otis fearlessly navigates through diverse territories, veering into psychedelic weirdness and dissonant noise, ensuring that listeners are constantly kept on their toes. Having garnered global acclaim with two EP releases, “Pratts & Pain” now propels Pavlovic and Maddell into an exciting new chapter, promising limitless adventures and boundless creativity.

Launching the album with a sharp post-punk edge, “Adored” stands tall as the opening track and a prior single that swiftly claimed the top spot on triple j’s playlist upon release. Otis Pavlovic’s croon glides across the snappy beat, crafting an earworm lullaby that beckons listeners to indulge in leisurely pleasure. This dedication to DIY TLC sets the tone for the album, keeping you upright and immersed in the captivating soundscape. Following this, Royel Otis showcases their adept craftsmanship with a tongue-in-cheek twist on “Fried Rice.” The track features rattling guitars that jangle to a driving rhythm, accompanied by Otis’ soothing vocals, creating a perfect backdrop for a long summer’s drive singalong.

Unveiling a deliberate and energetic pace, the third track on the record, “Foam,” maintains a slow chug that anchors the rhythm while Otis echoes the refrain ‘keep my name out your mouth.’ Following this, “Sonic Blue” sustains an undercurrent of energy while introducing screeching guitars that soar above. The fifth track, “Heading For The Door,” takes a poignant turn, emerging as a Royel Otis tear-jerker. Embracing a heart-on-sleeve approach with a profound message urging, ‘stop heading for the door,’ the song envelops listeners in a wash of shoegaze guitars, with Otis’ pleas becoming a sonic companion to moments of introspection and close contemplation.

In Pratts & Pain, Royel Otis has not only crafted a musical odyssey that deftly navigates through genres but has also delivered an album that stands as a testament to their creative prowess, leaving listeners eagerly anticipating the next chapter in their boundless sonic journey.

Don’t miss the chance to experience the dynamic live performances that mirror the free-spirited essence of their music, creating unforgettable moments for fans and new listeners alike.



February 16 – Liberty Hall, Sydney, NSW
February 17 – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
February 18 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
February 21 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
February 22 – Liberty Hall, Sydney, NSW
February 23 – Kambri at ANU, Canberra, ACT
February 24 – UOW Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW
March 1 – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide, SA
March 2 – Freo Social, Fremantle, WA
March 8 – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
March 9 – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
March 10 – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
March 14 – King Street Bandroom, Newcastle, NSW


Written by John Zebra