It's been three years since Royal Blood released their sophomore album How Did We Get So Dark, and on Friday (September 25) the duo made its return with a new song, "Trouble's Coming." The track is the lead single off the UK rockers' upcoming third album, and acted as the turning point in the creative process.
“It was the moment something started to click - where we started playing over those much more rigid dance beats," vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr said in a statement. "The breakthrough was realizing 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," drummer Ben Thatcher added. "I didn’t just have to carry the beat, I’d have to color 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.”
Royal Blood's third album is slated to come out next spring. Listen to "Trouble's Coming" below.
Photo: Dean Martindale