Deap Vally are a Rock duo consisting of guitarist and vocalist Lindsey Troy and drummer Julie Edwards. The pair first met at a needlework class in Silver Lake, California, where Edwards taught Troy how to crochet and they bonded over their love of the Blues. In August 2012 the band signed to Island Records and this was their first single with the label. It was debuted as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record In The World on BBC Radio 1, October 3, 2012.
Drummer Julie Edwards told NME regarding the song: "We just really wanted to say something positive. We're total peaceniks. We think everybody should chill out and get together."
Troy told Coup de Main magazine about the album title. "It is a conjunction of two words: the word 'sisters' and the word 'histrionics,'" she explained. "That was a really genius idea Julie came up with when we first started as a band for the name of our first release."
16-tear-old Lorde wrote the lyrics to "Royals" at home in just half an hour. She was inspired by the "ridiculous, unrelatable, unattainable opulence" that runs through such albums as Kanye West and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne and Lana Del Rey's Born To Die.