By Jay Tilles
The British hard rock duo made waves in the press early on thanks to their unique ability to create a wall of sound from only two instruments; a bass guitar and drums.
“I made this huge bass sound and we kind of laughed at first and thought, ‘What if we could do this? What if we could be a two-piece and sound like a four-piece and be a rock band?’” singer/bassist Mike Kerr told Radio.com of the band’s early beginnings.
“I kinda feel like rock’s really the only thing I’ve done,” Kerr added. “Every time I’ve gone to write a song, it’s just always come out that way.”
Within weeks of self-releasing their anthemic debut single, “Out of the Black,” last year, critical praise quickly turned into bookings at SXSW, Lollapalooza, and the Download and Glastonbury Festivals. “Out of the Black” is one of those songs with a riff so unforgettable that audiences wait in anticipation to hear it.
“It feels like you’re pulling out a hand grenade and everyone knows when it’s going to go off,” Kerr told BBC of playing the track in front of packed houses.
The duo also has Arctic Monkeys partially to thank for their rapid rise. Drummer Matt Helders was seen wearing a Royal Blood t-shirt on stage at Glastonbury Festival months before the band had even released their first song.
The band will head out on tour in support of the new album, opening for The Pixies as well as headlining their own U.S. dates. (tour dates below)
Available for pre-order now, Royal Blood will be available everywhere August 25.