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Royal Blood’s Mike Kerr says rock remains the “best type of music to see live”

RIFF RAFF: English rockers Royal Blood have made a racket since releasing their celebrated debut album in 2014. WHEN Englishrockers Royal Blood exploded onto the scene in 2014 with their self-titled debut it was a breath of fresh air delivered with the velocity of a sledgehammer.
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The album of riff-based rock sounded like a beloved relic from another era among a sea of EDM and hip-hop.

It peaked at No.1 of the UK charts and No.3 in . Quickly the two-piece of Mike Kerr (vocals/bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums) were saddled with the odious “saviours of rock” tag.

However, Royal Blood haverisen above the hype throughblistering tracks like Figure It Out and Ten Tonne Skeletonand acclaimed live performances at Coachella, Glastonbury, Reading and Splendour In The Grass festivals.

“The timeof our record and when band came about there wasn’t really any rock music going on,” Kerr said.“There wasn’t anything like what we were doing.

“It played a huge part in how we got to where we are now. It’s still a relevant form of music and obviously electronic music and hip-hop is massive, but going to a live show, I’d argue rock is the best type of music to see live.

Royal Blood – Lights Out“It’s whole premise is the energy of live performance, That’s why it’s always going to be in demand and remain relevant.”

Royal Blood’s momentum has continued with the release last year of their second album How Did We Get So Dark? The record debuted at No.1 on the British charts, but critics have bemoaned itslack of progression.

Kerr said thesuccess of their first album created unrealistic expectations.

“Most bands at some point have a record in particular that’s more popular than the others,” he said.

“It’s always that point of what to do next? For us we’re very fortunate and it was also a curse that our first album was quite successful, so we had to deal with that straight away.

“I’m kind of glad we made it quickly because with too much timeyou can overthink things. Ina way we made it in a very similar fashion to the debut, which was to keep it being about a two piece and keep it minimal and concentrate on writing a good bunch of songs.”

The absence of a six-string guitar and Kerr’s innovative bass work have become central to Royal Blood’s sound.

Kerr said he’s open to moving beyond simplybass and drums for album No.3.

“Evolving and progression is something we want to do as a band,” he said.“It’s early days for us even though we’ve managed to make a lot of noise and attract some attention, but we’re only two records in.

“How we move forward is yet to be recorded. It’s how we will progress, but for now it was all about the songs and it wasn’t necessarily about relying on any gimmick.”

Catch Royal Blood at Groovin’ The Moo on Saturday at Maitland Showground.

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