Royal Blood is amixture of anguished vocals, ferocious drumming and bass that providesintricate detail as well as a rumble of rhythm. Royal Blood are the result of alineage that stretches from present day heroes Queens of the Stone Age to theinfluential Led Zeppelin, and all the way back to early blues pioneers
Yet this wall ofsound emerges from just two men: Mike Kerr howls venomous lines such as “I’vegot a gun for a mouth and a bullet with your name on it” as his bass elicits aroar that a blind test would predict is the result of multiple musicians. Meanwhiledrummer Ben Thatcher complements his band-mate’s attack with the controlledaggression of a young Dave Grohl. Royal Blood wrap the primal essence offerocious rock ‘n’ roll power around a surprisingly innate ability to craftdeft melodies and soaring hooks.
Kerr is onlywilling to describe that eureka moment of sonic experimentation as the resultof “three amps and a secret code of pedals” played on a collection of �220small scale bass guitars. He invested in more expensive equipment but found itcouldn’t match the brute power of the cheaper alternatives
Royal Blood arguethat being a duo forces them to find ever more inventive methods to bring theirideas to life. “Weseem to resist every opportunity to do something the easy way and instead comeup with a more creative solution,” explains Kerr. “If it gets to a point where we think, howcan we progress or can we go even larger, I’d like to think that there’sanother creative solution rather than expanding the line-up with additionalmusicians.”
Kerr and Thatcherfirst met as teenagers and have been playing music together ever since. Kerrexperimented with other instruments before settling on the bass & a uniquecocktail of pedal & amps. Thatcher was given a drum kit for his sixthbirthday and has remained committed to his instrument ever since. Thatcher,they laugh, is the organised and borderline OCD counterpoint to the chaotic andimpulsive Kerr.
Things have movedfast since the duo formed Royal Blood at the start of 2012. Their pulverisingdebut single ‘Out of the Black’ earned significant national airplay, a featwhich was repeated when the b-side ‘Come On Over’ gained further attention.Press acclaim followed likewise – NME, Clash, DIY and others – which resultedin Royal Blood being the only rock band to be named in the longlist for the BBCSound of 2014 poll. Further endorsement arrived courtesy of Arctic Monkeys andFoals – two bands whom Royal Blood truly admire.
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