Royal Blood pumping

Mike Kerr of Royal Blood

Mike Kerr of Royal Blood (Foraggio Fotographic)

Royal Blood was the pick of the acts at the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, as far as I was concerned. The power-packed pair from Brighton in the UK blew the place apart with a stunning set that certainly got everyone’s blood pumping, and left us all wanting more. By way of an example, here’s a clip from last year’s T In The Park gig of the boys playing Figure It Out.

Recently, Mike Kerr (vocal and fuzz bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums) were invited into BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, where they played a bunch of things and even a cover of Roxanne, by The Police. It’s fair to say it sounds a little rougher than the original, but it perfectly sums up what the band is about – hard rocking energy, with a twist.

Royal Blood’s self-titled debut album came out in mid-2014, and has been on high rotation in the Light+Shade office. If you want to sample it, check out the Spotify embed at the end of this post, and tell us what you think. The comparisons have been many – from The White Stripes to Muse and a others in between. While those influences can certainly be heard, one feels it’s only a matter of time before Kerr and Thatcher find a more unique style. Kerr’s bass playing is pretty different already, it should be noted, and there is certainly nothing wrong with what they’re both doing now.

As Jimmy Paige said after seeing them in New York: “They play with the spirit of the things that have preceded them, but you can hear they’re going to take rock into a new realm – if they’re not already doing that. It’s music of tremendous quality.”

We can only hope it continues and they keep on keeping on, because live, in particular, they are certainly one of the acts to see if you haven’t already. They’ve already snared a support slot with Foo Fighters for 2015, so catch them there or at a side show if you’re lucky enough to be nearby when they’re in your town.

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