Saturday, 22 March 2014

Royal Blood, In Conversation

Photo by Ben Thatcher (@BenjiTalent)
Around this time last year, I heard Royal blood for the first time. “Out Of The Black” sounded at once violent, forceful and almost brutal yet it was very melodic and at times catchy. “Figure It Out” had the same force behind it but was more complex and had an undeniable swing to it. They had that incredible sound too. Big, thunderous drums and a guitar sound that seemed so meaty and sonically diverse that it was hard to distinguish between bass and guitar parts. But the overpowering thing about it was the tightness of the playing. These were guys who had played together for a long time and knew their material back to front, obviously. Imagine my surprise then as I found out that there was only two of them, there was no guitar and they had only been together for a matter of months before recording the songs. I was impressed before, now I was amazed. 

After a whirlwind year, during which they've signed with Warner Records, released two singles to near universal praise, become the toast of BBC Radio and just returned from their first SXSW,Royal Blood are now getting ready to release their first album. I've been lucky enough to get to know the band over the last year (the photo above is of Mike and I at a christmas party) and we finally managed to work out a time to sit down with Mike and Ben to talk about their music.

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