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all words and photos by Dakota Fine

Ok, so I’m biased, I’ll admit it. I have traveled with the band, they are my good friends and I’ve photographed them many times. It seems we as photographers often develop a soft spot for particular bands, we are after all human and eventually, friendship taking its toll, we trend towards following and covering the bands we love.

That having been said, U.S. Royalty, is one of DC’s finest, and most closely followed, up-and-coming bands. There is so much of a buzz to these kids that film makers, videographers, record producers, managers, historic mansion owners, and yes, even the Washington Post, are snapping to get a piece.

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Following up on the Post’s announcement that USR would be playing the Toutorsky Mansion on Thursday night, the band completely packed the house for a performance that was intended, at least in part, to promote the release of their new video, Rats:

The video itself being quite an impressive piece, I thought the showing could have been executed in a way that probably would have left a lot more of an impression, however, whatever attention the airing of the video lacked was made up for by the sheer exhilaration of the band in their performance. The crowd also, clearly feeling that energy, responded with enthusiasm.

It must be said that there is nothing quite like a house party show. The intimacy, and the energy of the crowd, on top of the band, on top of the crowd, on top of the band, makes for a feeling for those witnessing a sense of immediacy, that you are participating in something truly exceptional. And compound that with the extreme luxury and beauty of the Toutorsky Mansion, and well, you pretty much have a show that I expect to look back upon with great fondness for a long time to come.

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And finally, here’s a little video I took during the song “Raincoats,” to give you a little sense of what it felt like to be in the midst of that show.

Young Lords, of New York fame, opened for USR, here are a few shots from their performance:

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