Royal Blood has released their debut EP, Out of the Black. The new release is the band's first overall but it's also a preview for a full length album to be released later in the year. In this week's Tested and Approved, we're featuring the UK's dynamic duo of Royal Blood. Recently, the band's drummer Ben Thatcher sat down with Alternative Addiction and did some quick hits on Royal Blood.
Why is Royal Blood a duo? Usually bands try and fill out with at least one more person.
It just happened that way. Celine Dion is Celine Dion. She didn't need anymore people. She didn't need Donnie Osmond, she was Celine Dion. That's why we're a duo, we're Royal Blood. That's how it was and that's how it works.
How did you and Mike meet and form the band?
Me and Mike have been friends since we were 16 years old. We grew up in different bands and then we joined the same bands. We grew up being in bands together and we formed this one.
What type of music did you guys play in the older bands?
We did a lot of different genres of music. Mike has played keys in some bands and I've played in guitar in a band. We eventually just kind of got together and did the rock thing.
So why rock and roll with the background you guys have?
Mike was playing around with bass and he had this great bass sound coming out. i was always a drummer and we started writing some songs together - we just had a lot of fun with it really.
What was the first song you guys wrote? How did it start?
Mike went traveling for a bit and had a couple of songs ideas which we put together when he got back. One of them was "Come On Over," which we just released as a single in the UK here.
A lot of duos say the most challenging part of there being just two people are the live shows. Do you agree with that?
There are some limitations to being in a two piece. But I think it makes it more creative than the normal band would do. It makes it more fun for us. We have to think of different ways to make it sound big. It's a challenge, but a good one.
Is it exhausting after a longer set?
It is what it is. It's not exhausting. I'm quite a lazy person. If it was too much I wouldn't do it.
Where did you guys record the new EP?
Mike and I produced it with Tom Dalgety. We recorded in a couple of different places.
How's the album coming?
We've just finished it. It will be coming out in late summer. We're definitely excited about it. There might be a couple of carry over songs from the EP to the album, mainly the singles, but there's lots more to come as well.
What's challenging about making an album compared to making an EP other than just recording more songs?
With an album you want a collection of songs that fit together and sound good together. Other than that, we've just been writing a lot of songs so we're just excited to get some more stuff out there.
Thanks Ben - hope to see you in the U.S. soon!
Brillaint, thanks guys.