Royal Blood's musical milkshake

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 September 2014

This article is from 2014.

Royal Blood's Mike Kerr

Royal Blood's Mike Kerr

Royal Blood think they have invented their own "recipe" with their unique sound because they appeal to many different people

Royal Blood think their music is like a unique "milkshake".

The duo believe part of their success is their ability to appeal to fans of a variety of genres because they have "invented" their own sound.

Singer and bassist Mike Kerr said: "The people who get us, they're not on the same page necessarily [as each other].

"From our live experiences, we can do Download and Reading and Glastonbury and the same people are behind us but they don't necessarily all like rock.

"It's like... we invented our own recipe. We both said, 'This milkshake would taste great' and someone tried it and thought it was really nice. Now everyone's drinking our milkshake."

The 'Little Monster' rockers also hit out at stereotypical rock and roll excess, insisting they are "just the same" as anyone else.

Mike said: "Those stereotypes are only there to be destroyed. It's an illusion and a fantasy and people choose to see you in a certain way almost through ignorance. It's not what we are.

"The whole rock-star lifestyle was a genuine thing back then. But now - don't be a **** basically.

"What's really rock and roll is writing an amazing song that makes people go f***ing mental. Rock isn't doing coke on your own in a toilet then crying yourself to sleep. That's depressing."

His bandmate, drummer Ben Thatcher, added to NME magazine: "Trashing a hotel room? I don't understand the thrill of that. I'm very OCD and that would just ruin the start of my day. I like to leave a hotel room almost as tidy as I found it.

"We enjoy cooking, we enjoy watching 'Match of the Day' just the same as any other people. You'll see us at the garden centre, maybe eating a brownie..."

Royal Blood

Alternative rock duo from Brighton-based Michael Kerr (Vocals/bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums). The band tour in support of their new album How Did We Get So Dark.

Alexandra Palace, London N22

Mon 20 Nov

£38.50 / 020 8365 2121

With At The Drive-In and Black Honey.

Tue 21 Nov

£38.50 / 020 8365 2121

With At The Drive-In and Black Honey.

Wed 22 Nov

£38.50 / 020 8365 2121

With At The Drive-In and Black Honey.

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Sat 18 Nov

£25.65–£36.65 / 0871 945 6000

With At The Drive-In and Black Honey.

Bournemouth International Centre

Tue 28 Nov

£25.95–£37.45 / 0844 576 3000

With At The Drive-In and Black Honey.

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