When I think of the question, ‘what does rock and roll sound like, the answer is Royal Blood.
When the rockers from the United Kingdom burst onto the scene with their ﬁrst, self-titled, album in 2014, they brought back true rock music to the fold after it had been in short supply since the ’90s.
Their latest album released this year How Did We Get So Dark? follows on from the big sound created in their ﬁrst album by the Brighton two-piece and will keep fans well and truly entertained. Royal Blood brings old-school rock riffs, clear soaring vocals and thunderous drumming to each of the songs on this album.
Lead vocalist and bass guitarist Mike Kerr’s singing sounds like a mixup of Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo and Blur’s Damon Albarn while drummer Ben Thatcher does an excellent job of making the drums powerful.
Highlights on the album are Hook, Line and Seeker which is punctuated by awesome guitar licks and a constant stop-start duel between the drums and bass guitar. Melodic riffs and vocals lead into Lights Out before the drums build up to a big drop.
Throughout the song an awesome atmosphere is created through the use of backing vocals to create an echo effect. Another standout is I Only Lie When I Love You which sounds like an upbeat Queens of the Stone Age track with the use of cowbell and dramatic pauses.
There is constant tapping of piano keys in the background of the bluesy track Sleep, one of the slower songs, with the lyrics covering the anxiety felt by someone believing they are being cheated on.
Royal Blood has found its sound and it will be interesting to see how it evolves in the next album, but until then this is a perfect 40 minutes for those craving the sounds of grungy garage rock.
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