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Posted: April 11, 2015
It was as if Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page challenged the men of Royal Blood to wield the hammer of the gods when he presented them with the BRIT Award for Best British Group earlier this year, because the duo was absolutely thunderous during their Coachella performance on Saturday.
Bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher were relentless at the festival’s Outdoor Theatre, beginning with an electric “Come on Over” and ending with the machine-gun firepower of “You Can Be So Cruel.”
In between, it was detonation after detonation, with Kerr reeling off killer riffs on his bass and Thatcher attacking his drum kit like it owed him money.
For “Come on Over,” the first notes called all fans within earshot to sprint towards the sound, making no apologies to bystanders they may have brushed with over-aggressive air-drumming.
It only got better from there. A few songs later, Kerr shouted out, “Come on Coachella!” midway through “Figure it Out” as Thatcher stood up menacingly, banging a cymbal like a general, just to make sure everyone knew who was boss.
The Royal Blood rocket continued to blast forward with stoner-rock anthems “Little Monster” and “Loose Change,” the latter of which saw Thatcher take it to the next level by actually standing atop his bass drum as Kerr vamped towards each corner of the stage.
That was when chants of the band’s name rose up and when the mosh pit started. It only took the first staccato snaps on Thatcher’s snare to switch on the blender of humanity in the middle of the field during “You Can Be So Cruel.” Hands shot up and bodies began to circle. And those who weren’t amid the whirlpool banged their heads in approval.
Coachella has posted this video of Royal Blood performing “Figure It Out” below.
Posted: March 9, 2015
Rock and roll took center stage at the 35th annual BRIT Awards, as Royal Blood was named the top British Group.
What’s more, the duo received the award from none other than Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.
“This is a huge surprise for us,” said singer/bassist Mike Kerr. “It’s probably more of a surprise for everyone here, as you may not even know who we are.”
Royal Blood stood tall among a stacked list of nominees that included Alt-J, Coldplay, One Direction and Clean Bandit.
As if the crowd needed proof of Royal Blood’s ability to rock, the band also took the stage to perform a particularly brutal version of the single “Figure It Out,” which comes off their 2014 self-titled debut.
Watch Royal Blood’s musical appearance, featuring Mike Kerr on his Gretsch G2220 Junior Jet Bass II, and acceptance speech below.
Posted: February 17, 2015
British rock duo Royal Blood got reduced to a one-man show during a recent appearance on Australia’s Triple J radio, as singer Mike Kerr performed an acoustic session for the first time.
Wielding a Gretsch G5031FT Rancher Dreadnought, Kerr offered stripped-down renditions of “Better Strangers” and a cover of Cold War Kids hit “Hang Me Out to Dry.”
And for those wondering where drummer Ben Thatcher was hiding out, he was in the studio, as well.
“There are other things going on in the Royal Blood camp,” Thatcher joked. “I’ve got to do all the admin while all this is going on. I’m just emailing Mike the lyrics to the songs.”
Posted: December 9, 2013
English dark rock duo Royal Blood recently released a new single entitled “Out of the Black” that definitely gets the most out of Mike Kerr and Benji Thatcher’s drum and bass configuration.
The b-side to that track – “Come on Over” – is also a heavy gem.
Check out the music video for “Out of the Black” below, and visit XFM radio to watch the U.K. band perform “Come on Over.”
Visit Royal Blood’s official Facebook page for more information.