Words by Eleanor Sutcliffe / Pics courtesy of Warner Music
Fresh from the release of their latest album How Did We Get So Dark?, Royal Blood will be playing at Arena Birmingham on Saturday 18th November, with support coming in the form of Texan rockers At The Drive In and Brighton’s indie four piece, Black Honey.
Doors open at 5:30pm, with tickets priced at £22.90 (plus bf) as presented by SJM Concerts/Gigs and Tours. For direct gig information, including full set times, venue details and online ticket sales, click here.
It’s been an exciting year for Royal Blood. On the release of How Did We Get So Dark?, tracks such as ‘Hook, Line and Sinker’ and ‘Lights Out’ tore the UK charts apart earlier this year. The album itself reached No1 in the UK album charts – unsurprising, really, for a band who’ve been dubbed by critics from NME to The Telegraph as the next biggest thing in British rock.
Hailing originally from Brighton, the band have steadily been on the rise since the release of their debut single Out of The Black in 2013. From this, they scored several high profile shows including supporting the Arctic Monkeys in Finsbury Park, and later scooped a nomination for the BBC Sound of 2014 award.
It’s not hard to see why Royal Blood have become such a popular choice over the past few years. Their style is reminiscent of old garage rock, but they produce a heck of a lot of sound for just two people.
Royal Blood‘s vocalist, Mike Kerr, shunned a guitar, settling for a bass passed through an octave pedal that produces two signals, one of which heads to a bass amp and the other which runs to a guitar amp. This creates a sound so large and thunderous that it’s hard to believe that there’s not a full band behind the scenes. But that’s the sheer charm of this duo – their sound isn’t just big in the sense that they are a two piece, but it’s big enough to rival that of any other band.
With the 10 date Royal Blood UK tour beginning at the Manchester Arena on Thursday 16th November, and ending in their home town of Brighton on 29th November, the stakes are high for this duo. And with nearly a sold out Arena awaiting them in Birmingham, I can only begin to imagine the reception they will receive when they land in the city on Saturday night.
‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ – Royal Blood
For more on Royal Blood, visit www.royalbloodband.com
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