As Royal Bangs' reputation has grown, the band itself has shrunk. The energetic electro-punk quintet from Knoxville - Tennessee's other, less twangy music city - first caught the attention of the music elite during a 3 a.m. show at Bonnaroo '08. From there, the group shed two members and picked up the admiration of crowds at last year's South by Southwest and Lollapalooza.
Unlike many of the dancey indie bands out there right now, Royal Bangs doesn't eschew guitars in favor of synthesizers. Besides the occasional cowbell breakdown, guitars drive the prog-rock-tinged songs on "Flux Outside," the LP released by the band last week.
Royal Bangs will have the crowd dancing at The Summit on Wednesday night.