"How Did We Get So Dark?" by Royal Blood on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Album two sees Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher double down on what powered their 2014 debut to success. Namely: unapologetically huge riffs (we still have little idea how Kerr shreds so ferociously with just a bass) and a taste for the theatrical. This is a muscular 10-track workout that blows by: “I Only Lie When I Love You” is the sort of spiky anti-love anthem Royal Blood are getting particularly excellent at, “She’s Creeping” struts on through like peak Queens of the Stone Age, and “Hook, Line and Sinker” is a monster built to decimate festival fields.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Album two sees Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher double down on what powered their 2014 debut to success. Namely: unapologetically huge riffs (we still have little idea how Kerr shreds so ferociously with just a bass) and a taste for the theatrical. This is a muscular 10-track workout that blows by: “I Only Lie When I Love You” is the sort of spiky anti-love anthem Royal Blood are getting particularly excellent at, “She’s Creeping” struts on through like peak Queens of the Stone Age, and “Hook, Line and Sinker” is a monster built to decimate festival fields.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

167 Ratings

Darkness

Faunce13,

New single is a banger. Hope no sophmore slump for this great duo. Any indication is the album may save lives and help pathe the way for world peace. RnFR!!!!

ROCK ROYALTY RETURNS! ! !

surfchris,

ONE OF THE BEST ROCK BANDS GOING TODAY DOES IT AGAIN! ! ! ! ! !

About Royal Blood

Brighton duo Royal Blood channeled the blues-rock dynamism of the likes of the White Stripes, the Black Keys, and Two Gallants, yet they amped up the ferocity and volume with scuzzy riffs and blustering energy. Comprising drummer Ben Thatcher and bassist/vocalist Mike Kerr, the two-piece formed at the beginning of 2013 when Kerr returned from a trip to Australia and Thatcher picked him up from the airport. They managed to play their first show the very next day and continued to write new material throughout the year. Although constrained to just two instruments, they made their presence known with pounding drums and heavily distorted bass guitar that drove the melodic intensity of their songs, alongside Kerr's emotive vocals. They were championed by the BBC on their Sound of 2014 list, as well as Arctic Monkeys' Matt Helders, who wore their T-shirt during their headlining 2013 Glastonbury performance and invited them to open their huge Finsbury Park shows. The duo then released the single "Out of the Black" and signed to Warner Bros. later that year. A second single, "Little Monster," appeared in February of 2014, while a four-song EP, Out of the Black, came a month later in March, collecting the A- and B-sides of the two singles. Their debut self-titled full length was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales and was released later that year, reaching number one in the U.K. and Ireland. Tours with Iggy Pop and Foo Fighters followed and in early 2015, Royal Blood won Best British Group at the Brit Awards, receiving their trophy from an admirer, none other than Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. In early 2017, the band announced that their forthcoming sophomore LP, How Did We Get So Dark?, would be released in June of that year. ~ Scott Kerr

  • ORIGIN
    Brighton, Sussex, England
  • FORMED
    Jan 2013

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