From having one of the most viral TikTok songs in the world to supporting Fall Out Boy on tour, it is impossible not to notice that Royal & the Serpent is on her way to becoming one of the biggest artists in alternative music. Taking a unique approach to releasing music and conceptual visuals, the grungy alt-pop star is releasing double-sided singles all summer long. Earlier this year, Royal dropped RAT TRAP 1: the blueprint that included tracks, “ONE NATION UNDERDOGS” and “ASTROTURF.“ In both songs she focused heavily on self-love and individuality. The second installment brought us RAT TRAP 2: the burn and brand new tracks, “JUNKIE” and “SLUG.” These two follow a narrative of heartbreak and toxic love.
Royal & the Serpent stopped into the idobi studio to perform an exclusive stripped-back version of “JUNKIE.” Having a typically erratic and over-the-top stage presence, it is captivating to witness her deliver a somber, calculated, and emotional rendition of the song. Watch Royal & the Serpent win you over if you aren’t already.