Royal Blood have stuck to their word and returned this week with new single Trouble’s Coming.
The single comes with another promise; for the release of the duo’s third studio album in the spring of 2021, Mike Kerr explaining that it was this track which helped to get the new record into gear – when they ‘started playing over those much more rigid dance beats’.
“The breakthrough was realising that there was real common ground between that and what we’d done before,” he says. “It’s that AC/DC aspect: where the quality that makes the riffs seem so cutting is because of that beat.”
“Although on the surface we were stepping outside what we’d done before, it didn’t feel at all unnatural; it felt like we were returning to music we’d loved from the very beginning: Daft Punk, Justice, things that were really groove-orientated. It was all about the beat. It felt like familiar territory, but something we’d censored in ourselves.”
“When we first broke out, there were only two elements to the band,” Ben Thatcher adds. “I didn’t just have to carry the beat, I’d have to colour in the changes. We were both bearing a lot of freight, sonically. But this was a different challenge; less varied, maybe, but so satisfying as a drummer.”