Single Review – Royal Blood – Figure It Out

With their fourth single and a very capable Glastonbury set; Royal Blood are completing a rather successful PR campaign before the release of their debut album on August 25th. The new single is called ‘Figure It Out’ but ironically there is little to figure out sadly. It does start with a slight urgency and Zeppelin-like trepidation and a bold drum beat of which the vocal flows through in a slick and close fashion. Then it just turns into the mindless guitar thrashing, porridge-like taste when there is an endless list of those who can provide the same sound but in a far, far more coherent and imaginative way. I’m sure it sounds great live but of course it does. That sound has sounding great live for well over a decade now. It’s no miraculous discovery and from what I can tell neither are Royal Blood. I’m not sure upon which situation that you’d find yourself listening to these. Maybe if Jack White, QOTSA, Black Keys, Blood Red Shoes etc. etc. etc. are not to hand as you’ll find that they all do far better and more imaginative things with this sound. So much so that they have now left this sound as it’s becoming a bit of a deadweight that is only made heavier by Royal Blood I’m afraid to say.

Single Review – Royal Blood – Little Monster

Royal Blood were formed in Brighton last year by Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher. There has already been plenty of fuss and hype over them from the like of Zane Lowe and with them being on the shortlist for the BBC’s sound of 2013 poll and also with the confirmation they’ll be supporting Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park later this year. This is the second track they’ve released as a single and they have not ruled out an album this year either. With the attention and following they’ve accumulated in a rather short period of time, then it could prove to be a shrewd move from them. Their most recent single is ‘Little Monster’ which opens with raging, scuzzy guitars that are recorded in a close up and immediate fashion. The vocals are slightly distorted in a muted fashion on the verses and in a more sharper manner on the chorus as he ups the anti. The percussion is as you’d expect with the crashing and rapid fills. There is your token guitar solo in there too for good measure. It is a song full of energy and pent up fury but it is just yet another variation of Desert Rock. Like most new bands there is absolutely nothing you can put your finger on that is new or unique. All you can do is file them next to QOTSA, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, The Family Rain, Drenge, Deap Vally, FIDLAR etc. etc. etc. I’m in no doubt that they are not the best out of this sludge of scuzzy guitars but if you want another to add to your collection then here they are.

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