2014 has been an interesting year for rock music – or apparent lack thereof. From Alex Turner’s controversial Brit speech this year where he proclaimed that rock ‘n’ roll “will never die and there’s nothing you can do about it” to Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno telling the press last week that he considers his band “one of the last rock ‘n’ roll bands around”, the rock music community seems to be divided. Is rock ‘n’ roll finally dying a death? Royal Blood sure hope not.
Whereas 2013’s BBC Sound Poll alone tipped rock bands such as Haim, Peace, Savages, and Palma Violets for success, this year’s BBC Sound Poll only included one rock act – that act being Royal Blood – amongst a plethora of pop and R&B. Compiled of drummer Ben Thatcher and bassist/vocalist Mike Kerr, Royal Blood are one of a set of promising new rock bands tipped to give rock a friendly kick in the backside. With their dark and heavy basslines and a waltzing snarl of a vocal, the two piece are set to give ‘drum and bass’ a brand new meaning with a sound that’ll blow your eardrums in a good way. It’s slick, seductive, and pretty damn loud. Perfect listening for those who like their music a little heavier, but aren’t quite ready to become a metalhead.
The band first entered the public consciousness when Arctic Monkeys’ drummer Matt Helders wore one of their t-shirts during their Glastonbury 2013 headline set before they’d even released their first single. Since, they’ve supported the band with an impressively energetic and heavy setlist for two nights at London’s Finsbury Park reporting the Arctic Monkeys themselves, as well as releasing three singles showcasing a hard rock sound with its roots in garage rock and blues.
Their debut album drops in August, but in the meantime, take a listen to latest track ‘Hole’ below:
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Review by Rachel Michaella Finn |