Written by Jack Andrew Cribb
In 2014, after releasing their eponymous debut album, Royal Blood became one of the biggest bands in a relatively short period of time. The two-piece mix of heavily-modified bass and pounding drums really got heads banging, and now they are back, with their new album How Did We Get So Dark set to be released 16 June through Warner Bros. Records. This is accompanied by news of an intimate UK tour.
They released their first single from the album Lights Out last week, which showed that the band have tightened up their signature sound, with bass player and vocalist Mike Kerr really tearing it up with meaty riffs, while percussionist Ben Thatcher as always laid down splitting drums. The ten tracks that will feature on How Did We Get So Dark were written in an instrumental form, stripped back in comparison to previous material, to allow for more of that sonic space to really impact listeners. The album was recorded in Brussels and produced by Jolyon Thomas.
The new album is set to be more musically complex than their first release, with harmony vocals, and more carefully constructed, intricate harmonic aggressions. It will be released on digital, CD, and vinyl formats, and Amazon will retail a signed version of the vinyl. This can all be pre-ordered here. Check out the tracklist below:
1. How Did We Get So Dark?
2. Lights Out
3. I Only Lie When I Love You
4. She’s Creeping
5. Look Like You Know
6. Where Are You Now?
7. Don’t Tell
8. Hook, Line and Sinker
9. Hole In Your Heart
And of course, I can’t forget to tell you about their UK tour, which is beginning in May:
17th May – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
18th May – O2 Academy, Newcastle
19th May – Guildhall, Southampton
20th May – O2 Academy, Leicester