The long wait for new music from Royal Blood appears to be nearing an end.
The British duo has posted a new 48-second video clip showing it working in the studio on the follow-up to its self-titled 2014 debut; It's the first public contact singer-bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher have made since another video teaser in December.
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There's no word yet on when the album will be finished and released, however, and Kerr tells us that he and Thatcher are mostly just trying to write the best songs they can:
"Every song's different, and I think that songwriting is a mystery to everyone. I think it's about putting yourself in an environment that's creative. And our songs, they've really come about from many different sources of inspiration or forms of ideas, and sometimes they've come from piano, sometimes they've come from a drunken night at a bar where you've come up with a riff on a table with no instruments. Other times it's been a bit of a jam. Other times it's been a vocal melody or a bit of a lyric or just the tempo or a new pedal or a new amp or a new guitar. I think that every song of ours has come from one of those and usually not repeated itself, so it really can be anyone and anything that sparks the initial idea for a Royal Blood song."
Royal Blood will be on the road this summer for eight festival dates, including performances at the Governor's Ball on June 2 in New York and the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 11 in Tennessee, plus six European dates.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.