Royal Blood have had quite the year. A slot on the NME Awards tour, their own headline tour, two shows with Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park and Marlay Park as well as a ton of confirmed festival appearances and the announcement of their debut album. This duo from Brighton are about to hit the bigtime and they bloody deserve it. The sound that Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher create live is almost unfathomable when you find out it's only a drummer and a bassist. As one of my favourite live acts I have seen this year so far, I decided to review Royal Blood's set at T in the Park from today.
They kicked off their 9-song set with my personal favourite song, Hole, which is the B-side to their second single Little Monster. The deep and dark riffs and thrashing drums formed the perfect opener to a ever-so-energetic set before continuing on the badass rock and roll sound through the third single, Come On Over and in to new song You Can Be So Cruel. The next two songs were two fantastic singles, one being Little Monster and the other being new track Figure It Out. and Little Monster which threw the audience into a wild moshing frenzy with the majority screaming along to the lyrics, and this continued all through the set. Teasing the crowd with another two new songs which are presumably present on their debut album before finishing the set off with two absolute belters; Loose Change and the single that started it all, Out Of The Black. Mike Kerr's powerful vocals and phenomenal talents on the bass guitar combined with Ben Thatcher's drumming genius is enough to command an audience of any size and although fairly inexperienced in the festival area, they absolutely crushed this set. I have high expectations for them to do just as amazingly, and probably even better at larger festivals like Reading and Leeds later on this summer.
I watched the livestream of this and the atmosphere that this two piece can create and the sheer noise they make is enough to make you want to be in the crowd more than anything. Even though they were on a smaller stage at the early time of 4.55pm, Royal Blood managed to get the audience jumping and singing along. I am so happy and proud that these two boys are really starting to get somewhere, they really do deserve all the success and listeners that they get. I cannot wait to see them again at Reading and even more so for their debut album.
Royal Blood's debut album called 'Royal Blood' is due out on the 25th August 2014.
(Written by Poppy Marriott)