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Royal Blood Release New Single Trouble's Coming

Thursday, 24 September 2020 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Dean Martindale

Royal Blood have released a new single.

Trouble’s Coming is the rock duo’s first new offering since the arrival of their sophomore album, ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’, in 2017 and is the first taste of its follow-up, due out in spring 2021. The track brings together rock, disco, dance and funk, and it works.

Explaining the influences for the new record, bassist and vocalist Mike Kerr said:

“It was the moment something started to click - where we 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. 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. I didn’t just have to
carry the beat, I’d have to colour in the changes," said drummer Ben Thatcher. "We were both bearing a lot of freight, sonically. But this was a different challenge; less varied, maybe, but so satisfying as a drummer.”

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