Royal and the Serpent Proclaims it’s “Happier In Hell”

RIAA certified Gold, LA singer and songwriter, Royal & the Serpent, has released her latest personal, alternative rock single “Happier in Hell” – available now, following her latest EP, IF I DIED WOULD ANYONE CARE. Royal & The Serpent first made waves with her viral Atlantic Records debut, “Overwhelmed,” which spent 22 weeks on Billboard’s Alternative Airplay chart and is now RIAA- certified gold. Named one of SiriusXM’s class of 2021, Royal & the Serpent is an acclaimed live performer, wrapping her first cross-America this past fall. Supporting PVRIS and playing at Firefly festival and EMO NITE Vegas, Royal is quickly becoming known for her show stopping, high energy live performance.

Co-written and produced w/ Beauty School Dropout, “Happier in Hell” was joined by an official music video.

Happier In Hell (official video)

Royal just wrapped supporting grandson on his DEATH OF A TOUR 2022 tour and will play sets at the When We Were Young festival in Las Vegas, Bottlerock festival in Napa Valley, Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, and Louder than Life Festival in Louisville, KY. The track has been performed before its release throughout the length of her tour, offering a sneak peek into the intimate and raw single in the most personal setting for fans to experience its performance. Its lyrics tore fans wide open as they related with her, and tears tumbled town their cheeks.

“Happier In Hell” induces the most personal track of the artist’s to date; which says a lot, considering her breakout debut single and EP were centered around mental health and personal growth. It becomes a self-destructive contrast between the struggle and process and grief of being a creative, all while holding a simple longing to be healthier and to have a consistent mental state. However, out of the fear of being numb and not as creative, and not fully herself, the song fearlessly admits its struggle. Through the fear of losing herself in the numb, warm blanket of anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications, Royal & The Serpent has instilled a moment of peace in this time capsule of painful memories and experiences in a rough mental spot in her own life.

photo: Natasha Ribeiro-Austrich

This song was one of the hardest things I’ve ever written. I’ve never felt so vulnerable, so exposed. I had no idea anyone else could relate. I’m saddened but intensely moved by the amount of people experiencing such similar frustrations. the more I uncover and share my truths, the less alone I feel. thank you for keeping me alive. I love you.

Instead of making music I thought other people would like, I focused on making something I really loved. It’s the first time I fully let my walls down and got completely honest, which hopefully is helpful for anyone who’s going through something similar. Depression isn’t something to take lightly, and I hope these songs remind everyone to be gentle with themselves and with the people in their lives, and to take good care of each other.

~ Royal & The Serpent

Listen to the new single, available now on all streaming platforms. Stay tuned for more updates on Royal & The Serpent and follow up for tour dates here.

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