photo by: Dean Martindale
Royal Blood share the emotion behind their new music.
The Brighton duo of Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher, better known as Royal Blood, have made a thunderous return with their release of “Trouble Coming”, the lead single off their forthcoming new record. In the space of just two albums, Royal Blood have ascended to become one of the world’s biggest and most vital rock bands. “Trouble Coming” which was released on September 24th, was recorded at The Church and Sleeper Sounds in London. The song proves to be a turning point in the band’s creative process. Here, Kerr and Thatcher take us inside the beat.
Mike Kerr (vocals, bass, keys, piano): “It was the moment something started to click – where we started playing over those much more rigid dance beats. The breakthrough was realizing that there was real
common ground between that and what we’d done before. It’s that AC/DC aspect: where the quality that makes the riffs seem so cutting is because of that beat. Although on the surface we were stepping outside what we’d done before, it didn’t feel at all unnatural; it felt like we were returning to music we’d loved from the very beginning: Daft Punk, Justice, things that were really groove-orientated. It was all about the beat. It felt like familiar territory, but something we’d censored in ourselves.”
Ben Thatcher (drums): “When we first broke out, there were only two elements to the band. I didn’t just have to carry the beat, I’d have to color in the changes. We were both bearing a lot of freight, sonically. But this was a different challenge; less varied, maybe, but so satisfying as a drummer.”