Interview: Royal Blood
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:26:49
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The thunderous, swaggering, and undeniably perfect sound of Royal Blood is the product of only two people believe it or not. That's the most astounding thing about this band. Drummer Ben Thatcher and singer and bass player Mike Kerr ignite the kind of bombastic sonic explosion of rock, blues, and mystique that everybody from Led Zeppelin and Queens of the Stone Age has flaunted. However, most importantly, they bleed their own way. They're also keeping rock alive…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood talks the self-titled album - [iTunes link], songs, and so much more.
Did you approach the record with one vision or vibe in mind? What ties it together?
Ben Thatcher: We tricked ourselves into writing the album to be honest. Throughout 2013, we would write four or five tracks and go into the studio and record those songs. Every other month, we’d go in and keep on writing and recording until we had a huge collection of songs. We chose the best ones for the record and put them together. In the writing process, we put our ten favorite songs that work in an album together. There are a lot of other songs that we wrote that are just good, but they didn’t quite work in the tracklisting. These are our ten favorites.
What’s the story behind “Better Strangers”?
Ben Thatcher: It’s an interesting one. We only recorded it about a month ago. It was the last song to be written. We spent the last year obviously writing and recording. We thought we had just finished the album, and we were really happy with it. Then, in our soundcheck during tour, we wrote “Better Strangers” and “Ten Tonne Skeleton”. We were jamming both of those out. We decided to record them to see how they would turn out in the studio. It’s incredible how it all happened. Now, they’re the last two songs on the album. “Better Strangers” is a nice one to finish with because it was the last one we wrote. It’s like a closing piece for us.
What’s it about lyrically?
Ben Thatcher: Mike doesn’t like to give too much away with his lyrics. “Better Strangers” is a Shakespeare quote. It’s from As You Like It, and the original quote is, “I do desire we may be better strangers”. It’s basically, “I wish I didn’t know you as well as I do”.
Where did “Careless” come from?
Ben Thatcher: Mike was experimenting with his basses, and he put two guitar strings on one of them. That was the first little riff he played. That’s where that song came from. Mike wanted you to use a slide, and that’s why he put on the guitar strings so he could play a bit of slide guitar. The song with the slide didn’t make it on to the album, but “Careless” did which we wrote with the guitar string bass.
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