- Title: Rockers Royal Blood excited for "alien" live music to return
- Date: 27th May 2021
- Summary: EAST SUSSEX, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MAY 20, 2021) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) ROYAL BLOOD FRONTMAN AND BASS PLAYER, MIKE KERR, SAYING: ''Yes 2022, sounds so futuristic that date, doesn't it? (Thatcher: Yeah). We are going to play the biggest tour we've ever done, certainly some of the biggest shows we've ever done. And it's going to be wild. It's weird. It doesn't seem real. The idea of being in front of people, again, it's kind of alien.'' VARIOUS OF BAND IN INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (English) ROYAL BLOOD FRONTMAN AND BASS PLAYER, MIKE KERR, AND DRUMMER BEN THATCHER, SAYING: KERR: ''I don't feel anything. (Thatcher: yeah), when I hear a number you know. Or get shown a graph. I think the only time that is worth anything is when we're on stage and there's fans singing along and you realise that the music you've made is a part of someone's life now. And that is worth something, you know. Yeah. That has substance to it. You can feel, you know.'' THATCHER: ''When you play a song that you're not really that into, but all of a sudden when you play and the crowd goes wild, it's like, oh, it reminds you of why you made that song in the first place.''
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- Keywords: COVID Royal Blood coronavirus live music music rock
- Location: EAST SUSSEX, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM/ UNKNOWN LOCATION/LEEDS, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: EAST SUSSEX, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM/ UNKNOWN LOCATION/LEEDS, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Europe,Music
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- Story Text: British rock band Royal Blood can't wait to tour their latest chart-topping album even if right now the concept of playing for audiences seems "alien" after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down live music shows for over a year.
The duo, who formed in 2011, were half-way through recording their third album "Typhoons" when Britain went into its first national lockdown in March 2020 and they had to abandon the sessions.
However, being forced to stop turned out to be a good thing as they relocated to a studio close to where they grew up in the southern English city of Brighton and ended up writing more tracks.
"The world falling apart around you ... it gave us ... more bravery ... to go even further into this concept of the album we were making," frontman and bass player Mike Kerr told Reuters.
"Looking back, it was the best thing that could have really happened to us."
Kerr said the album which explores the idea of ''being in a kind of destructive cycle ...(a) seemingly infinite loop of bad behaviour and self sabotage'' is everything they love about music.
While the lyrics on tracks such as "Typhoons" and "Limbo" are quite dark, the music isn't, he said.
"My theory is that because at the time it was so bleak and rainy and cold and miserable, it's almost like we we wanted to make music that was the opposite of that," Kerr said.
"And also when we come back to playing these songs, we don't want to be reminded of this time so much. We want to go out and play these in massive venues and have a party and no one wants to party about COVID," drummer Ben Thatcher added.
"Typhoons" was released in late April and topped the UK music charts.
"Now we've got music out again, we just want to be on that stage playing to our fans," Thatcher said.
Royal Blood are set to play some festivals in the summer and have a UK arena tour starting in March 2022. Details for their upcoming world tour are yet to be announced.
"It's weird. It doesn't seem real. The idea of being in front of people, again, it's kind of alien," said Kerr.
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