About Royal Blood
Royal Blood are an English rock duo formed in 2011 in Brighton, East Sussex, consisting of Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher . Kerr's playing style is notable in that he uses several effects pedals that allow his bass to sound like a standard lead guitar. Their self-titled debut album was released in August 2014, which was followed in June 2017 by their second album, How Did We Get So Dark?
Royal Blood consists of lead vocalist and bass guitarist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher . The pair are from West Sussex: Kerr grew up in Worthing, while Thatcher is from Rustington. They first met around 2005 when they were teenagers, and for a brief period they were part of the same four-piece band, Flavour Country, in which Kerr played keyboards and the keytar.
Royal Blood formed in March 2011, after Kerr met original drummer Matt Swan in Brighton. They relocated to Australia, where Swan was originally from, and recorded an EP in Brisbane. The first single, "Leaving" , was premiered on triple j in 2012. The band played around the Brisbane and Gold Coast area, before Kerr ultimately elected to return to the UK. When Kerr returned to England, Thatcher picked him up from the airport and the two decided to form a band. Initially, the new version of Royal Blood "couldn't get a gig in Worthing for months." According to Kerr: "we ended up just playing a lot of open-mic nights with acoustic singer-songwriters." The band developed their music in the studios of Brighton Electric, and it was during these months that they were signed by Warner/Chappell Music. The band joined the same management company as the band Arctic Monkeys. During the summer of 2013, Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders was seen wearing a shirt supporting Royal Blood during the Arctic Monkeys Glastonbury Festival concert in July 2013.
On 11 November 2013, Royal Blood released their official debut single, "Out of the Black", which came with the B-side of the re-recorded "Come On Over". In November 2013, it was announced that Royal Blood would be supporting Arctic Monkeys for two Finsbury Park shows in May 2014. In December 2013, Royal Blood were nominated for BBC Sound of 2014.
Royal Blood released their second single, "Little Monster", on 11 February 2014. The band also released a four-track EP Out of the Black, featuring "Out of the Black", "Little Monster", "Come On Over" and "Hole" on 11 March 2014 in North America.
Royal Blood performed at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas in March 2014; at Liverpool Sound City festival and at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Glasgow in May; and at Download Festival and Glastonbury Festival in June. They performed at T in the Park festival in July, and at Reading Festival, but got cut short at their Leeds Festival show, as well as Osheaga in August 2014.
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