(from 'The Last Royals - The Last Royals EP' by by Gregory Robson for AbsolutePunk): The Last Royals are a New York City-based duo comprised of Eric James and Mason Ingram. James is the principal songwriter and vocalist while Ingram serves as the multi-instrumentalist. The Last Royals EP is the first under their new moniker. The band was previously known as The Early Hours. Prior to The Early Hours, James was a solo singer-songwriter based out of Philadelphia writing commercial pop-rock a la Matt Nathanson. The Last Royals veers towards something decidedly more indie and ruminative. Less commercial, more brainy, but still accessible enough to warrant widespread attention and acclaim.