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Royal Blood are an English rock duo formed in Brighton in 2013. The band's sound is reminiscent of and rooted in blues rock and hard rock. Royal Blood consists of only two members, bass player Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher. Kerr's playing style is notable in that his several effects pedals used while recording and performing live allow his bass to sound like a standard lead guitar.[5] Their self-titled debut album was released in August 2014 and their second album, How Did We Get So Dark? followed in June 2017.

Royal Blood
Festival des Vieilles Charrues 2017 - Royal Blood - 030.jpg
Royal Blood performing live in 2017
Background information
Origin Worthing, England
Genres
Years active 2013–present
Labels
Website royalbloodband.com
Members
  • Mike Kerr
  • Ben Thatcher

Contents

HistoryEdit

FormationEdit

Royal Blood consists of lead vocalist and bass guitarist Mike Kerr, born on 19 June 1990, and drummer Ben Thatcher, born on 12 February 1988. The pair are from West Sussex: Kerr grew up in Worthing, while Thatcher is from Rustington.[6] They first met around 2005 when they were teenagers, and for a brief period they were part of the same four-piece band called Flavour Country in which Kerr played keyboards and the keytar.[7]

Royal Blood formed at the beginning of 2013 after Kerr's return to England from a sabbatical in Australia.[8][9] Kerr had previously used the name Royal Blood whilst in Australia, working with a drummer called Matt Swan.[10] When Kerr returned to England, Thatcher picked him up from the airport and the two decided to form a band.[7][11] Initially Royal Blood "couldn't get a gig in Worthing for months", and according to Kerr "we ended up just playing a lot of open-mic nights with acoustic singer-songwriters."[7] The band developed their music in the studios of Brighton Electric, and it was during these months that they were signed by Warner/Chappell Music.[6] The band joined the same management company as the band Arctic Monkeys.[6] During the summer of 2013, Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders was seen wearing a shirt supporting Royal Blood (before the release of their first single) during the Arctic Monkeys Glastonbury Festival concert in July 2013.[12]

Self-titled album and touring (2013–2015)Edit

On 11 November 2013, Royal Blood released their debut single, "Out of the Black",[4] which came with a B-side called "Come On Over".[13] In November 2013, it was announced that Royal Blood would be supporting Arctic Monkeys for two Finsbury Park shows in May 2014.[14] In December 2013, Royal Blood were nominated for BBC Sound of 2014.[15]

 
Royal Blood performing in 2014

Royal Blood released their second single, "Little Monster", on 11 February 2014. The band also released a four-track EP Out of the Black, featuring "Out of the Black", "Little Monster", "Come On Over" and "Hole" on 11 March 2014 in North America.[16]

Royal Blood performed at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas in March 2014;[17] at Liverpool Sound City festival and at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Glasgow in May;[18] and at Download Festival and Glastonbury Festival in June.[19] They performed at T in the Park festival in July, and at Reading Festival, but got cut short at their Leeds Festival show, as well as Osheaga in August 2014.[20]

Their debut album, Royal Blood, was released on 25 August 2014 on Warner Bros. Records. Well received by critics,[21] it was verified by the Official Charts Company as the fastest-selling British rock debut album in three years in the UK.[22] The cover artwork, by London-based contemporary artist Dan Hillier, went on to win the award for 'Best Art Vinyl' in 2014.[23]

A video clip for "Out of the Black" entered rotation as part of cable network AXN Japan's "AXN Tunes" program in October 2014; music videos aired on-the-hour as filler in between regularly scheduled, syndicated programming.[24]

In October 2014, Royal Blood announced details of their biggest European tour to date,[25] starting in Germany on 10 January, and ending in Sweden on 23 March. The band, along with Iggy Pop, supported Foo Fighters on select dates during their 2015 UK, US and Canada tours.

In February 2015, at the Brit Awards in London, Jimmy Page presented them with the Best British Group Award. In April 2015, they played the Coachella Festival in California, in June 2015 they played the Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati and, in September 2015, they played at the Rock in Rio festival, in Rio de Janeiro.

How Did We Get So Dark? (2015–present)Edit

On 29 and 30 August 2015, Royal Blood played the main stage at Reading and Leeds 2015. During both of these performances, the band revealed a new song, titled "Hook, Line & Sinker". In October 2015, the band had finished touring for their debut album.

On 16 October 2016, a video was uploaded to the band's official Instagram account showing the band in the studio. The video showed Mike Kerr playing the Robbie Williams track "Let Me Entertain You" on piano, with Ben Thatcher recording the video and singing. The video was captioned "Day 1. Robbie Williams #royalblooddocovers". They then continued these short covers on Instagram, covering songs from Vanessa Carlton, Gloria Gaynor, Spandau Ballet, Elton John, Coldplay and Michael Jackson.

On 29 March 2016, the band released a new track, "Where Are You Now?". Inspired by HBO's Vinyl. The song was later re-recorded during the making of their second album How Did We Get So Dark?.[26]

Following its announcement on 11 April 2017, Royal Blood released their second album, How Did We Get So Dark? on 16 June 2017, preceded by the singles "Lights Out", "Hook, Line & Sinker" and "I Only Lie When I Love You." It debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart.[27][28]

Royal Blood were part of the WayHome Music & Arts Festival 2017 Line-up in Oro-Medonte, Ontario.[29]

In April 2017, Royal Blood announced four UK shows, starting in Cambridge on 17 May and ending in Leicester on 20 May.[30] In June 2017, Royal Blood played at Glastonbury on the Pyramid Stage.[31] In addition, on 5 June, the band announced a tour in Europe on their social media, which took place throughout October and November 2017.

Musical style and influencesEdit

Mike Kerr has named his vocal influences as Josh Homme, Robert Plant, Jack White, Jeff Buckley.[32] Ben Thatcher has referred to John Bonham (of Led Zeppelin), Dave Grohl (of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters), Taylor Hawkins (of the Foo Fighters), Jon Theodore (of The Mars Volta and Queens of the Stone Age), Roger Taylor (of Queen), Chad Smith (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) as among the biggest influences on his drumming style.[33]

The band have also cited At the Drive-In, The Dead Weather, Queens of the Stone Age, "early Muse" and The Raconteurs as influences.[34][35][36]

MembersEdit

DiscographyEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Organisation Award[citation needed] Result
2014 BBC Sound of 2014 Nominated
Mercury Prize Album of the Year Nominated
2015 NME Awards Best Live Band Won
NME Awards Best New Band Won
Brit Awards Best British Group Won
Kerrang! Awards Best British Newcomer Won
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Rock Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Push Act Nominated
Q Awards Best Live Act Won
Classic Rock Magazine Awards Album of the Year Nominated
GMA Awards
Global Metal Apocalypse
Breakthrough Non-Metal band/artist Won
2017 LOS40 Music Awards LOS40 Blackjack Artist Award Nominated
2018 Brit Awards Best British Group Nominated

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Zuel, Bernard (28 February 2015). "When two and the blues is more than enough for Royal Blood". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Houle, Zachary (23 September 2014). "Royal Blood: Royal Blood". PopMatters. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Royal Blood Share 'Out Of The Black' Track". This Is Fake DIY. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  5. ^ McIver, Joel (25 August 2017). "Mike Kerr talks Royal Blood's meteoric rise, his elusive bass rig and How Did We Get So Dark?". www.musicradar.com. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c "Royal Blood: Everything You Need To Know About The Brighton Duo". NME. September 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Royal Blood interview". The Telegraph. 20 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Royal Blood start a band after living on the Gold Coast..." Triple J. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Royal Blood Interview". Triple J. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Royal Blood at Oh Hello!". Brisbanemusicandculture.wordpress.com. 12 April 2012. Archived from the original on 10 July 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Brighton's Royal Blood shortlisted for BBC's Sound of 2014". The Argus. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Royal Blood – Figure It Out". Mojo. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Royal Blood (New band of the day)". The Guardian. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "XFM's Great X-Pectations #1: Royal Blood". XFM. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "BBC Sound of 2014 longlist revealed". BBC News. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "iTunes Store". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "UK duo Royal Blood heard above the noise at SXSW". thestar.com. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Liverpool Sound City 2015". Liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk. Archived from the original on 7 May 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "BBC – Glastonbury 2014 – Line up". thestar.com. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Arctic Monkeys to headline". Reading Festival 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  21. ^ "Royal Blood reveal debut album details with studio video". NME. 2014-06-23. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  22. ^ Moss, Liv. "Royal Blood score fastest-selling rock debut in three years". OfficialCharts.com. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  23. ^ "Best album cover art: See the winners of the Best Art Vinyl 2014 awards". DigitalArtsOnline.co.uk. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2017. 
  24. ^ AXN Japan; Sony Pictures Entertainment |Royal Blood "Out of the Black" |Warner Music Japan |"AXN TUNES" video clip rotation, 9 October 2014~
  25. ^ "Royal Blood announce a major 2015 European tour". Fit4Talent. 17 October 2014. 
  26. ^ "Royal Blood's New Track Has The Makings Of A Modern Rock Hit". Howl & Echoes. 1 April 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  27. ^ Copsey, Rob (23 June 2017). "Royal Blood rule the Official Albums Chart to score a second Number 1". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  28. ^ Morgan Britton, Luke (23 June 2017). "Royal Blood beating Lorde and Nickelback to UK albums number one spot". NME. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  29. ^ "WayHome Music & Arts". WayHome. Retrieved 2017-02-21. 
  30. ^ "Royal Blood – New 2017 UK Shows – Latest Music News + Gig Tickets From Get To The Front – Music News Magazine". 19 April 2017. 
  31. ^ Digital, Pretty Good. "Glastonbury Festival – 2017". Glastonbury Festival – 21st–25th June, 2017. 
  32. ^ "Ace of Bass: DiS Meets Royal Blood". DrownedInSound. Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  33. ^ "Royal Blood's Ben Thatcher talks influences, writing process". Student Life. Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  34. ^ "Royal Blood on being supported by At The Drive-In: 'We're still going to fanboy over them' – NME". NME. 2017-06-24. Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  35. ^ "Royal Blood's Mike Kerr Talks Early Attention + Influences". Loudwire. Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  36. ^ "Royal Blood: 'We're inspired by early Muse'". www.gigwise.com. Retrieved 2017-11-28. 

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