It may be a slight understatement to say there is something a little surreal about a lizard man singing love paeans against a backdrop of flowers to a club packed to the gills.
We are in a dark room in a nondescript building in St. Louis. As the lights fade in, we see 5 men sitting on a stage. They are HONUS HONUS, POW POW, CHANG WANG, TURKEY MOTH, and JEFFERSON. They all sit in silence, but this is broken when HONUS HONUS begins to tap his foot repetitively on the ground in a way so it is clear he is anxious about something. A pair of gold sequined slippers rest atop an amplifier; POW walks over to them, peers inside, and seeing nothing, retreats to his drum kit.
U.S. Royalty -- perhaps named as such because lead singer John Thornley's swagger is decidedly Mick-Jagger-inspired and bassist Jacob Michael is most certainly this century's Slash, at least in terms of hair and rocking out -- does not, at first glance and listen, make sense.
Touring behind their latest release "Life Like," Joan of Arc rolled into St. Louis on a bill that was as nearly full as the band's 15-album catalog.