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Ello There

Hello there, We are quite excited to know you, and to have you visit us. 

The Royal Union of Architects have been hard at work bringing you their version of Brit-Rock style music. Using The Beatles, Noel Gallagher & The Stone Roses as well as other styles of music as a cornerstone, the Architects try to meld these styles into their own brand of music & we hope you enjoy it...!

Stick around, check out the pages & click through some links...Please help out by going to our "Music Store" & buy a tune or two if you like them, or go to our "Guestbook" and just say hello, email us your picture & tell us the country where you're from and we'll put them up........ We're sure you'll find something you like!         Cheers mate!


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The Royal Union of Architects- Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

The Beatles and Oasis are the main influences in Carl's music " as Noel Gallagher  said " (in reference to him borrowing ideas from the Beatles) " if you are going to pinch, you might as well pinch from the best"  "I do believe  that" Carl says " it's not like I don't have an original Idea in my head, I just like that sound."  "I do try to write from the hip, meaning that I try not to think the songs out too much, they are what they are". 


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Updates

  • Along with the Marr Jag guitar, we have also added a little ditty, the Epiphone SG-Pro, We'll see ( after some modificarions) just how fast she'll drive
  • 27/5/15
  • Working on songs in the studio, Just completed  "Pauper Millionaire" which will be featured on "Curious Amusements for the Ingenious" with a tentative 2017 release date.
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  • UPDATE:  12 /6 /14
  • So the new Album is doing well and getting much airplay thank you all!
  • Getting itchy to get back in the studio to lay tracks, we have many many ideas to choose from, now only to figure out which songs make the cut! Some poor old songs have been waiting for yonks!....in a bit
  • Update:  8/5/13
  • We will be adding a fan page so send in your coolest, cute, crazy pictures of yourself & we will add it to the page!(remember to list the country where you're from)
  • truoa@carlelizondo.com
  • Update: 
  • The new album At her Majesty's Command We Present: is now available via digital download & physical CD's, from iTunes,
  •  CD Baby & Amazon

Update: 

  • So new tunes are up at Jango

     New tunes up at Soundcloud, go check them out! the new CD will be out for purchase by Christmas (hint hint) Join us on Facebook, become a Jango fan & let us know what you think!!! T.R.U.O.A.

  • The Royal Union Of Architects are busy working on their next album (with recent album & band name change) "At Her Majesty's Command We Present: The Royal Union Of Architects". Almost on a daily basis, the band are going into the studio for, from a few hours to eight hour blocks, writing, re-writing and forming each song based loosely on 60's British invasion ( The Who, The Kinks etc), 90's British invasion   ( Oasis, Blur,Muse, Placebo, Radiohead etc) and American staples (The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Van Halen, Sound Garden, Stone Temple Pilots etc) plus newer groups like The Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds and Beady Eye. As of late June '12 the band have over 15 songs recorded from 45 newly written, unheard songs. With the new songs, band name change and an update to the album title, this will prove to be an exceptional and exciting album.     

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The Thoughts In Our Bleedin' Heads

That secret place you go to purge your dreams and nightmares.......

Delve Deeper

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Bio

"Music has always been in Carls blood, from his earliest years playing violin at the age of 10 in Catholic school he has always felt the calling. "I remember jamming to songs with my older brother in our room, me on a conga of all things & my brother on  guitar" During Carl's grade school years he dabbled in other passions such as art & guitar, which quickly fizzled out when the guitar teacher told his parents "you're wasting your money, your son plays by ear! 

Carl soon found the world of drums. After destroying a drum set his parents bought him from Sears, he convinced a family friend to co-sign on a drum set from a local dealer, now, he had found a passion he could build on. 

In high school Carl's passion for music only grew, he formed the rock band The Mystics of Wizard with some high school friends, rehearsing as often as possible. " I actually had band practice on prom night, as if I would have gone to that anyway!" 

With Carl's drive for music and honing his skills on drums, he modeled his playing after two of his drummer idols, John Bonham & Neil Peart. In 1979, after playing in  local groups (such as "Wizard" & "Slave" featuring a then unknown guitarist Chris Holms ( WASP)) from the San Gabriel Valley of California, Carl met bassist Bob Loza and joined Razu, a popular band that had a huge following and who played along side many well known acts such as Van Halen Yesterday & Today and Sky People. They had won a Battle of the Bands at Gazzaris in Hollywood. " We turned down the prize because Phil Spector or someone on that level was in on this & would have produced our album and offered a horrible deal!"  The band thrived until the departure of Guitarist Chris Eads, and from there, the group seemed to lose its way.


In 1982 Carl ( now playing under the stage name Carl James ) joined up with master guitarist Greg Leon to form The Greg Leon Invasion, The two of them collaborated on many songs as the group saw a revolving door of members from Joey Vera (Armored Saint) Chuck Stevenson, to Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne) . They produced a single and an L.P. that moved very well in the local music circuits.  The Greg Leon Invasion was fortunate enough to play a gig with a newly formed band Metallica at the Whiskey a Go Go. The Greg Leon Invasion ran in the same crowd that included good friends Guns N Roses, Motley Crue, Yngwie Malmsteen, and many many other well  known bands. Dung this time, because Carl was one of a few drummers that was said to have a sound reminiscent of drummer Cozy Powell, he was recruited  by Jake E. Lee to audition to replace Ozzy Osbourne's ailing drummer, he didn't get the gig, but was honored to have had the opportunity. By this time, Carl was getting tired of waiting for a break with The Greg Leon invasion. 


In 1984 Carl was recruited and took up the offer to drum for SIN,  a Los Angeles based hard rock band.  Sin quickly gained fame in the Los Angeles music circuit playing and selling out clubs playing along with the likes of Great White & Armored Saint. The band was fortunate enough to recruit bassist Joey Cristofanilli (Ratt) and the group changed their name to Jag Wire and were immediately signed to Target Records.  Once again Carl's Drumming talents were recognized by his former Slave band-mate guitarist Chris Holmes , now of W.A.S.P & offered Carl the drum position with the band. After much thought, Carl turned down the offer, as Jag Wire were just at the peak of their international popularity.  Jag Wire  released the well received album Made In Heaven in which writer Laura Canyon from Kerrang Magazine sites "this will place them among the royalty of rock".  Jag Wire  Released the well received album Made In Heaven in which writerLaura Canyon from Kerrang Magazine sites "this will place them among the royalty of rock".


As with many groups, the fruits of their labor were short lived, and Carl left the group & met back up with bassist Bob Loza (RAZU) to form HEROES IN LOVE,  this was an band with writing that was seldom found in unsigned groups. After years of running in circles, the guys decided to call it a day and disbanded. Rumor has it the boys may try to record long distance via the web, we'll see. Some embers never die,they just smoulder..... 

Carl jammed with other bands throughout the years but refused to commit to the ties that come with joining a group. Now in the role of record producer, as well as multi-instrumentalist, Carl has formed The Royal Union Of Architects, heading in the well proven British pop/rock vein. They have released four full length albums on Carl's Bella Kai Music record label through Soundesign Studios. The Crystal & The Cross, The Tomes Of Lore, Pieces Of Eight and At Her Majesty's Command, We Present:, are all available on Amazon, iTunes and wherever music is sold, worldwide

Rumor has it the new group consists of either real band members, or of the multiple voices in Carl's head, the jury is still out on that one .....and this story continues....



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Bits 'n Bobs

Pens Eye View-article

 

Talk  about taking the road less traveled – jack-of-all-trades Carl Elizondo  is only interested in success one way: his way. How else can you  describe an artist who has played in thriving bands that have sold  records, toured the country, even opened for Metallica… yet keeps  breaking away to make the music he feels deep within; “music about his  dreams and nightmares.” Elizondo, a drummer by trade has found musical  glory in the past by admitingly “submitting to the ideas” of whatever  band he was in at the time. Elizondo soon realized it was not the  recognition he was playing for, but instead for the fact that the music  is his life’s blood. This uncompromising drive is what allowed him to  not only learn how to record and produce his own music, but to play the  guitar, bass and keyboards as well. The unbeaten path indeed. There’s  more than drive and passion behind the work of Elizondo – his  influences are impressive as well, drawing mainly from both The Beatles  and Oasis. He explains that he “has always loved the older Brit sound;  it reminds him of a time of discovery.” You can hear this style, mixed  in with some “psychedelic reverberations and a hint of India… birthing  fresh ideas based on a familiar sound” on both of the albums “The  Crystal & the Cross” and the upcoming “The Tomes of Lore.”
“The  Tomes of Lore” will hit the streets some time later this year, but you  can check out his current single “Crash Landing” on internet radio  stations such as Pandora Radio. Learn more about this artist by jumping  into the XXQ’s.

XXQs: Carl ElizondoPensEyeView.com (PEV): How and when did you first get involved with music? Carl  Elizondo: As a kid growing up in Los Angeles, I used to watch my cousin  and his band play music in their house while on summer vacation from  school, I was always drawn to watching the drummer, I thought how cool  to move arms & legs at different times all over the place, I really  got bit by the bug. I must have been 10 or 11. PEV: Growing up, what kind of music were you listening to? Do you remember the first concert you ever attended? CE:  I used to listen to what ever was on the radio, mostly rock radio so  Tom Petty, Kiss, Rush Oh and YES, I was a real Yes fan! One of my first  concerts was Yes, & Kiss, who ever was coming through town. But I’ve  always liked older rock. PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a profession rather than just a hobby? CE:  In high school, that’s when, I always really had a bad time in school,  and didn’t get very good grades, except in art, I was damn good at  drawing, painting and conceptual art but of course I was always thinking  of music, I would doodle on paper different concert scenes or drum set  up’s, I was imagining it to make it become real. PEV: What were your first years in the music business like for you? Did you ever think you’d be where you are now, then? CE:  The first years were ok, I would rehearse at a buddies home after  school, I mean nothing would get in the way of rehearsal, I even missed  the prom, parties, dates with girlfriends at the time. I wanted it bad. I  ended up playing all over Los Angeles with various groups that I was in  at the time. I honestly always knew I would be in music , as far as  where I am now, well that’s hard to say, I suppose I would always  welcome a higher level of success, but really I play cause its my life’s  blood, not for the recognition… PEV:  Having written, recorded and produced each song, how is the production  side of the your music different from your creation side? Do you find  the two sides hard to balance? CE:  Excellent question! Its very hard… I have to write the songs backwards  in a way, I will come up with a riff or a real cool Idea and I have to  think “how will I approach this, any effects, or cool tricks to enhance  the song?” If I took this to a producer, I would take in a completed  song & then they would say “Lets do this or do that” but the  producer side of me is constantly doing that while I am writing the song  so it is a big struggle and alot of second guessing. PEV: What can fans expect from your latest album, “The Crystal & The Cross “? CE:  As the teaser line by music reviewer Bobby Collini states it’s ” Music  about Dreams & Nightmares, Carl Elizondo delves into the minds of  Lennon, McCartney & The Gallagher brothers. Psychedelic with a hint  of India influences brings forth fresh ideas based on a familiar sound.”  I have always loved the older Brit sound, it reminds me of a time of  discovery. The current single is Crash Landing and is getting airplay on  Internet radio stations such as Pandora Radio and others, I am hoping  for more exposure, at least my CD is selling very well. PEV: How is “The Crystal & The Cross” different than others out today? CE:  There is a lot of great music out today, Placebo, Muse, Stereophonics  etc. and then there are a lot of “bandwagon” bands Emo or Screamo, now  I’m not knockin’ it or anything, but I would rather write what I write,  They are standard song structures with a little extra something to make  it interesting, like the Beatles did. PEV: “The Crystal & The Cross” is your fourth album, how is this different from your previous works? CE:  My previous work was co-written so I would be able to bounce ideas off  of the other person, with The Crystal & The Cross, & my next  release, The Tomes Of Lore, it’s all me so the pressure is really on and  all criticism lays solely on me. PEV: Is there a certain environment you surround yourself in when you sit down to write music? CE:  That’s interesting you ask, so many ideas come to me late, late at  night when I am just about to fall asleep, then boom, right into my head  comes an awesome idea, so its out of bed and down stairs to my studio  to get the Idea on tape. PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your success? CE:  They are proud of me, but mostly I am proud of myself. Being a drummer  by trade, I used to have ideas that I would submit to what ever band I  was in, but as you know no one ever takes a drummer seriously, so I said  screw this… I taught myself Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, brushed up on my  vocals and dove right in to prove that I am capable! PEV: In all your travels, what city do you think offers the best appreciation for music? Why? CE:  I think New York & Los Angeles, there is always some one in the  business to give you a listen although those markets are tough to break,  in the midwest folks down there really appreciate music for music’s  sake. The Midwest can appreciate you for you PEV: What is life on the road like for the band? Best and worst parts? CE:  The Best part of being on the road is waking up in a particular town  and hearing the local radio station playing your music and promoting it,  the worst are the hotel rooms, wow there are really some dives out  there and of course being away from loved ones, that always gets to me  at 2 a.m. in the morning when the night is all over and you are all  alone…The road is really not fun, at least for me. PEV: Is there an “up and coming” artist or band right now that you think we should all be listening to? CE: Not really, I listen to a lot of Placebo, Muse, Radiohead, Travis, Oasis & Beatles of course oh and The Arctic Monkeys! PEV:  Having The Beatles and Oasis are the main influences, is there someone  you have not had the chance to work with or collaborate with, that you  would like to? CE: I would like to collaborate with Noel Gallagher, now that would be stellar! PEV: When the band is not traveling or performing, what can we find you doing in your spare time? CE:  I am actually always in the studio, really or watching reality TV, ah! I  am addicted, of course I like a cold ale, or a great cigar… PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about Carl Elizondo? CE:  Well its either that I taught myself all the instruments with out any  help or lessons, or that I make goofy faces in the mirror when I am  alone, which ever you think is more interesting. PEV: If we were to walk into your practice studio what would we find? CE:  Awesome question! A Beatle album on the turntable, a Beatle Bootleg in  the CD player, various Rolling Stone magazines, books on Shakespeare, an  easy chair… Oh! And Christmas lights hung up!!!! Very Zen, or does that  qualify as very Hippie ( which I am not) but I’m not sure. PEV: What is a live Carl Elizondo performance like? Its  Usually an acoustic show, I have really produced my albums to the  extent that I face the same problems of many bands, where its very hard  to reproduce live, what I have recorded in the studio, I like to talk to  my audience between songs, so its not so structured PEV: In one word, describe Carl Elizondo. CE: Introspective. PEV: So, what is next for you? CE:  Aah! “The Tomes Of Lore”, my next album… I know I just released The  Crystal & The Cross, but I have got to get this music out of me and  to the masses. I have recently realized that between the two albums,  that I have a particular sound and I am very proud of that!   


  Carl Elizondo's Crystal Ball
Bobby Collini- Freelance Writer
 

It was up an elevator to the 22nd floor of an undisclosed hotel deep in the city of New York, not far from the now infamous Ground Zero, where I found myself not knowing what to expect from this relatively unknown artist. I went over some of the questions in my head as I walked down the hallway on a French style carpet in the hotel. My knock on the door brought a shorter, rather wild raven haired guy with a big smile to greet me. After getting the formalities out of the way, I made myself comfortable in the rather uncomfortable hotel chair, as Carl moved his open luggage bag to relax on the sofa, and opened a Diet Coke.
 

BC : So what prompted you to write this collection of tunes?
CE ; Woah!,  talk about to the point! (laughs) Uh, well... I don't know Hmm
BC : Ok ok , what's your music background??
CE : Whew! better. I grew up in Los Angeles back in the late 70's early 80's in the local music scene.
I played in many local groups at clubs like the Starwood or the Whiskey, where it was common to see David Lee Roth, or Joey Ramone hanging out at the bar. I'm a drummer by trade, but I always remember hearing a million melodies in my head at two o'clock in the morning serenading my insomnia. Without formal song writing abilities, I sat back, played drums and learned from those guitarists and bass players around me who knew how to write a song, kinda mentally took notes 'ya know. I've always been torn between the very heavy loud aggressive songs and real wimpy sappy kind of broken heart songs.
BC:  some of the tunes have a very 60's British feel to them, what influences you in your song writing?
CE:  Years ago I was introduced to a little group known as the Beatles, my guitar player Tony Perez  from a former band insisted I really listed to the song structure and their writing because before this, I kinda hated the Beatles. Then a light went on in my head... Wow, this was a deep well of intrigue, these songs blew me away. All I wanted to do was get into the head of John & Paul, George too! That Beatle feel is so cool, it reminds me of a time of discovery!
BC: The CD has you listed as playing everything? Really?
CE:  Wow, you say that as if its a bad thing?
BC : No no, just unusual.
CE:  Look, I had been in groups with a dictator leading us and groups with no direction at all, band members punching it out or long drawn out screaming matches, its really like being in a relationship, you have to learn to get along or face the demise, so I decided to go it alone and teach myself guitar, bass, keys and production. Looking back if I had known how hard it would have been...Shit I still would have done it, after all I am a control freak in a sorta kinda way. The only person I can argue with is myself, and I need a mirror to do that! (laughs).
BC:  So you are self taught?
CE:  Yep, lots of hours with blistered fingers & finger tips!
BC:  What do the songs on this E.P. convey, or what do you want them to say?
CE:  I kind of write from the hip, but that being said, some of the subjects would fit nicely into somebody's' life that was going through some shit or had some problems or whatever, really I don't think it out too much.
BC:  What has been your biggest challenge?
CE:  Hmmm, my biggest challenge is life and trying to be not dead, I wrestle with alot of crap in my head and......Oh  oops, sorry, you mean on this album? well, being the producer and trying to critique myself, listening and re-listening to the songs, does this sound good here and is this stupid, things like that.
Carl releases his self produced E.P. titled 
" The Crystal & The Cross" soon..

BC : Carl, what's behind the title of the E.P.?
CE:  Its the daily fight that some people have compromising between their beliefs and life, ying and yang, you know, the good and not so good. A shot of whiskey or an ice water...which is better?
BC:  Tell me one thing about you that most people don't know.
CE:  I'm insane, no!, really insane, depressive, dark, and dank, Shit!... I don't know, I make faces in the mirror at myself.... There!... Damn, that is insane isn't it?------Bobby Collini- Freelance Writer 

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Discography

The Crystal & The Cross

 Music about Dreams & Nightmares, Carl Elizondo delves into the minds of Lennon, McCartney & The Gallagher brothers. Psychedelic with a hint of India influences brings forth fresh ideas based on a familiar sound. 

 The Crystal & The Cross 

The Tomes of Lore

 

Carl Elizondo brings experience to his craft. Indulging in writing, playing, producing & recording, all created by Carl at his Soundesign Studio located in Virginia City, near Reno Nevada. Carl has many influences some being of course The Beatles,Oasis, Kasabian, India Influences mixed with the 60's psychedelia and world music percussion.  Along with playing drums, guitar, keys, bass & vocals Carl is a B&W photographer & oil on canvas artist, and maybe a bit psychotic?..... Perhaps. a true Warrior Poet ! 

 The Tomes of Lore 

Pieces of Eight

 

Carl continues to walk a line giving into his passions of heart felt pop and driven rock, depending on which of the voices in his head drive him on any particular day. As previously stated he's living in the U.S. with the Union Jack wrapped firmly around his heart. Carl gives his songs a Brit Rock feel, while still at the helm of production. He is showing his skills on guitars, bass, keys, drums and vocals while keeping his hands firmly planted on the recording board, yes it is a world of one, and from what we are told, that's just the way Carl  likes it. 

 Pieces of Eight 

"At Her Majesty's Command, We Present:"

 

The Royal Union of Architects latest 2013 offering. Another great batch of British inspired rock tunes with The Architects spin on them. This proves to be their best work to date.

 "At Her Majesty's Command, We Present:" 

Jag Wire

 Their album was available in 1985, also available on cassette & now on  CD. It sold well in the States especially in Los Angeles. The Album was  first released in Germany & imported to the States, many people  thought they were a German band.  

 Jag  Wire 

The Greg Leon Invasion

 Written with Master Guitarist Greg Leon  Carl & Greg weave heavy rock riffs with   great pop melodies.

 The Greg Leon Invasion   

Additional Bands

 

RAZU

Razu were a rock band from Alhambra California, playing the L.A. music  scene 1976-1980. Playing Gazzarri's, The Troubadour, the Whiskey, The  Starwood and the So.Cal college frat scene, Razu consisting of Chris  Eads, Bob Loza, Thom Santee & Carl ELizondo made a large name for  themselves in a short time until the band-mates drifted apart which led  to the demise of the band. PLAY THESE MEMORIES VERY LOUD FOR MAXIMUM  EFFECT! 



 

Heroes in Love

Heroes in Love were an 80's rock band from Los Angeles consisting of some of the finest musicians around. Their lyrics and composing of  music is what drew a spotlight to the band and brought them to the forefront of the music scene. After years of dead ends & non-returned  calls, the boys decided to call it a day.
Rick Anthony, Bob Loza, Carl Elizondo Ruben Reza, Bob Robles - these are, Heroes In Love  

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voted # 10 from The Reno Gazette Journal Newspaper- Best of 2013  local music scene

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" At Her Majesty's Command We Present:"

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