plan in mind, drawing inspiration for their writing from quite a wide variety of resources. These include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. Cox’s interest in the alternate and open tunings of delta blues 2. A shared fascination in the African rhythm of early Chicago blues 3. Baer's ongoing attempt to use black humor and little judgment to lyrically reflect the thrills and troubles they stumble upon.
Recording on whatever four or single-track cassette recorder they could find, they eventually borrowed a Tascam 388 to make their first 7″. The unexpected encouragement of the 7″ drove Cox and Baer to perform their first show in a basement in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Six months later, they began working on their debut full-length record, Litanies, which was released on Woodsist.
Royal Baths began touring before the album was released, opening for bands including Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Fresh & Onlys and Wild Flag. Coincidentally, Baer had previously been a member of both Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall. The band went on their first headlining tour after that, finding inspiration along the way to write a second full-length record. This would eventually be completed in a studio on higher quality 2″ analog tape, and the recording process declared over their bank accounts were drained. Although the band developed amidst the encouragement of friends in San Francisco’s garage scene, they felt stifled by comparisons to a movement that didn't suit their sound, and decided a cross country move to New York City was in order. Royal Baths recently signed to Kanine Records, who will be releasing their sophomore album in 2012. They are playing SXSW in 2012.