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The Brighton blues-influenced hard rock duo
Raised in West Sussex, drummer Ben Thatcher met guitarist Mike Kerr as teenagers in 2005, and both became part of the punk rock band Flavour Country for a time.
In 2013, they reconnected in Brighton and formed the two-piece Royal Blood, whose rise in the industry has been as fast and furious as their music. Initially the pair cut their chops playing open-mic nights and were soon signed to Warner Records. Before the year’s end, they’d released a run of singles – Out Of The Black, Come On Over and Little Monster – and were nominated for BBC’s Sound Of… 2014 poll.
The following summer Royal Blood supported Arctic Monkeys during a couple of Finsbury Park shows plus played several festivals including T In The Park, Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and Download. These performances preceded their much anticipated debut eponymous album. When Royal Blood was finally unveiled in late August 2014 it, landed at No.1 on the UK albums chart, having spawned the aforementioned singles along with Figure It Out and Ten Tonne Skeleton. Nominated for the 2014 Mercury Prize, it also saw the duo named Best British Group at the 2015 BRIT Awards.
In summer 2017, Royal Blood released their relentlessly heavy yet slightly softer sophomore album How Did We Get So Dark? The 10-track collection, which also topped the UK albums chart upon arrival, told the tale of a relationship gone bad. Along with the title single, top songs included Hook, Line & Sinker, Lights Out and I Only Lie When I Love You.
By this time, Royal Blood had built a reputation for delivering high-energy, raucous live shows. To support the album the pair took their all-out gritty rock’n’roll on a sell-out UK arena tour that included three shows at London’s Alexandra Palace. In 2018, they also toured How Did We Get So Dark? across North America.
During 2019, Royal Blood recorded two new songs – Boilermaker and King. In autumn 2020, Thatcher and Kerr released Trouble’s Coming as the lead single from their next album. In early 2021, they revealed a second single, Typhoons, as well as confirmed that would be the name of their third album, arriving on 30 April 2021.
Royal Blood is a two-piece heavy rock band comprised of Mike Kerr on vocals and bass and Ben Thatcher on drums.
With both members hailing from West Sussex, the band Royal Blood was formed in Brighton in 2013.