U.S. Royalty – ‘Equestrian’

Free mp3: “Equestrian

I’m going to break precedent for a moment to do something a little different ’round here — for this post, at least. For a good week now, I’ve been *very* obsessed with a track off the debut LP from an unsigned D.C.-based band, and I thought that a discussion on the song — rather than a full album review, which is what we usually do here — felt appropriate.

Anyway, the band is U.S. Royalty and the track is “Equestrian.” Hear me out first, and then nab it for free.

At first listen — could be second or third, too — your brain will probably fool you into thinking there’s little special about “Equestrian” because it sounds like another pop tune you’ve heard before (you haven’t). I’d know, because I was unsuspectingly that idiot when I heard “Equestrian” the first time.

When I dug into the lyrics, though, I was enlightened. It was like: “These guys frickin’ get it.” And it’s exciting. It made me totally anxious, actually, to hear what else they recorded on Mirrors (next time!)

Anyway, “Equestrian” begins simply enough. Some ooh ooh oooohs, followed by this:

I slept in hills of wheat and pine
Too many years have passed me by

I come down from the mountain

So, you’ve got first-person narration of a dude who, whether on a literal mountain or a figurative one, is ready to descend. He’s over being on top, up in the clouds, living on his own, and thinks he’s matured enough to join the party below. The shift is represented in the lyrics, yes, but more so in the instrumentation. He speaks his peace and then WHAM! a wild jam commences — as if his attitude’s been reaffirmed.

“Equestrian” continues:

They offered me their finest wine
We danced and drank to pass the time

I come down from the mountain

A-ha! So he really is dismounting from his high horse and taking in the camaraderie and community down below — wherever that may be. And what a special thing that is: To realize, through personal thoughtfulness and some pensivity, that we (as people, as human beings damn it!) are bigger than ourselves. We’re here to learn from others, to be the opposite of inwardly and to, well, dance the night away.

After repeating the “I come down from the mountain” line , a wild rage again breaks out — more wiley this time ’round. It’s the song’s most awesome moment, because we, as listeners, are there for the change from introvert to raw extrovert.

Anyway, is it what U.S. Royalty intended? Who the hell knows. All I know is “Equestrian” spoke to me, sincerely, and I wanted to pass it on to you folks. Expect a full album review in the coming weeks.


  • U.S. Royalty, based in Washington, D.C., is: John Thornley (vocals), Paul Thornley (guitar), Jacob Michael (bass) and Luke Adams (drums).
  • Their debut LP, Mirrors, will be released on January 25.

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4 Responses to U.S. Royalty – ‘Equestrian’

  1. joshterzino says:

    It’s a good song, no doubt. I think I liked it better when it was by Local Natives, though.
    These guys do sound good. I hope they come around here so we can see them play.

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  3. I was looking for the lyrics to this song and found your post. Before I went through the same process as you, I imagine. I heard it a couple times, but didn’t really pay attention. Then the song grew on me like crazy. I cannot stop listening to it! So now I’ve found your post and love your description. Whether that’s what they were getting at or not, I love your take on it. Thank you for sharing!

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