Relatively new as band, Royal Blood has already carved out their turf in the Rock & Roll scene. Formed in 2013 in Brighton, England the hard rock duo have quickly made themselves known, for their gritty blues-rock sound. Royal Blood is composed of Mike Kerr (Bassist/Singer) and Ben Thatcher (Drums). Although limited by their small size, they more than make up for it with their big sound. Rather than playing the typical electric guitar, Kerr plays the gritty sounding bass guitar, giving the band its unique sound. Before Royal Blood released their first single, Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders was seen wearing a Royal Blood t-shirt supporting the band. Shortly thereafter, the band released their first single “Out of the Black” with the B-side “Come On Over”
It was later announced that the band would be supporting the Arctic Monkeys at a few of their shows. In Febuary of 2014 the band released another single and in March released an EP in North America. Royal Blood has perfomed at SXSW, Liverpool Sound City festival and Coachella. Royal Blood will be touring with the Foo Fighters at some of their 2015 UK & US tours. Ben Thatcher has mentioned that they will be writing their next album while touring with the Foo Fighters this year.
It’s hard for me to pick only a few songs to share with you, so I really encourage you to give their self titled debut album a full listen. I promise you wont be disappointed. However, that being said, here are my top picks..
P.S. Royal Blood will be playing a show this Wed May 27th at the Murray Theater in SLC. Hope to see you there!