Review Summary: A promising British duo which rocks with a bass and a drum kit4 of 4 thought this review was well written
To the eyes of every music lover, the less the number of individuals in a band, the greater the admiration for that band is. Usually you have a powerful trio --drums, bass & guitar-- while occasionally you come across 'one-man bands'. These are phenomenal or simply passionate people who like independence and creativity and prefer to record all instruments alone. However, from 2000 and onwards the likes of The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Death From Above 1779 and many more have taught us that bands can be comprised of two instruments as well; and they can sound very good.
The duo of Mike Kerr (vocals, bass) & Ben Thatcher (drums) are one of the newest additions in this category. Although they descent from the Queen's land, they have nothing to do with Her Majesty's palace. They are simple, ordinary and ambitious lads from Brighton who expect to become the next big thing. And listening to their EP Out Of The Black
they have the odds on their side. They play straightforward hard rock with some garage rock elements in their sound.
This EP stands at very promising grounds. It's not only the aggression of the self-titled track and the grooviness of "Little Monster" that will engage you with the music. It is also the slow and heavy Sabbath-style riffing of "Hole" which highlights the fact that Royal Blood's armory is full of simplistic, powerful and catchy drum patterns and solos. Using such approach, music can be embedded quickly and thus solidify the duo's image. Expectations about the debut album have become already very high.