PREVIEW: Royal Blood @ Roseland Theater Aug. 10th
Written by Luna on August 4, 2017
FFO: Queens of the Stone Age, The Raconteurs, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters
After releasing their second album, How Did We Get So Dark? UK based band, Royal Blood, are returning to Portland for a show at the Roseland Theater on August 10th. The show is all ages, and tickets can be purchased in advance here for $25.
Their self titled debut album was released in 2014 and quickly soared to popularity, leading them to open for bands like the Arctic Monkeys and the Foo Fighters. The band subsequently won Best British Group at the 2015 Brit Awards, and was named Best New Band and Best Live Band at the 2015 NME Awards.
I first heard their debut album in 2014 and was a huge fan of the gritty vibe, and large sound produced by band members Mike Kerr (vocals, bass, keyboards, and piano) and Ben Thatcher (drums, percussion and piano). It amazes me that two musicians can create such a rich, layered sound without any other supporting band members.
Royal Blood released their second album, How Did We Get So Dark? on June 16th, 2017, preceded by the several singles: “Lights Out”, “Hook, Line & Sinker” and “I Only Lie When I Love You.” The song “Where Are You Now?” has been previously released for HBOs show Vinyl and was re-recorded for the album. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart. The second album is the perfect follow up to their first release. It carries on their signature driving drum beats, bold bass riffs, and angsty lyrics while pushing for a more mature sound. Perhaps this new album is such an organic addition to their discography because from the start Royal Blood seemed to have such a good handle on their sound and who they are as a band.
The second single of the album “Lights Out,” alternates between a softer sound and a harder harsher sound during the chorus. A very cool guitar solo appears about two thirds of the way through the song and should be sure to please a live audience. Some of the songs such as “Don’t Tell,” feature a more restrained, creeping sound that doesn’t go so much into the hard guitar riffs and fast paced drum beats for which they are known. It adds a nice sense of balance to the album.
Royal Blood and their new album are a wonderful indicator of where rock is heading and I think it would be the perfect companion for a fast drive through the desert.