This week we listen to and discuss one of Aaron’s picks: English rock duo Royal Blood. Formed in Brighton in 2011, Royal Blood consists of Mike Kerr on vocals and bass and Ben Thatcher on drums. Their sound is anchored in Kerr’s unique bass playing technique, in which he uses various effects pedals to make his electric bass sound like a standard electric guitar. Their self-titled debut album was released in August 2014. Their second album How Did We Get So Dark? followed in June 2017.
For this episode, we breakdown their eponymous debut album. Most of the album’s songs revolve heavily around the riffs written and played by bassist Mike Kerr. The recording of the album was kept under strict conditions, with the band essentially recording the album with only Mike Kerr’s vocals and bass guitar and Ben Thatcher’s drum kit, with the exception of shakers and tambourines on some of the album’s tracks. The production of the album did not involve the use of samples or overdubbing, which meant that most of the album’s material was recorded in one take, thus producing a more natural sound as opposed to the popular method of recording various takes and combining them in the final mix.
Sit back and join us we discuss Royal Blood.