English rock duo Royal Blood are coming to First Avenue with cleopatrick April 22nd. Tickets for the show available HERE.
Doors: 7:00pm // Show: 8:00pm. Proof of vaccination or negative test required.
Brighton duo Royal Blood channel the blues-rock dynamism of the likes of the White Stripes, the Black Keys, and Two Gallants, yet they amp up the ferocity and volume with scuzzy riffs and blustering energy. Following their Mercury Prize-nominated/Brit Award-winning debut, 2014’s Royal Blood, they consolidated their success with 2017’s How Did We Get So Dark? and its 2021 sequel Typhoons.
Comprising drummer Ben Thatcher and bassist/vocalist Mike Kerr, the two-piece formed at the beginning of 2013 when Kerr returned from a trip to Australia and Thatcher picked him up from the airport. They managed to play their first show the very next day and continued to write new material throughout the year. Although constrained to just two instruments, they made their presence known with pounding drums and heavily distorted bass guitar that drove the melodic intensity of their songs, alongside Kerr’s emotive vocals. They were championed by the BBC on their Sound of 2014 list, as well as Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders, who wore their T-shirt during the Monkeys’ headlining 2013 Glastonbury performance and invited them to open their huge Finsbury Park shows. The duo then released the single “Out of the Black” and signed to Warner Bros. later that year. A second single, “Little Monster,” appeared in February of 2014, while a four-song EP, “Out of the Black”, came a month later in March, collecting the A- and B-sides of the two singles. Their debut self-titled full-length was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales and released later that year, reaching number one in the U.K. and Ireland. Tours with Iggy Pop and Foo Fighters followed, and in early 2015, Royal Blood won Best British Group at the Brit Awards, receiving their trophy from an admirer, none other than Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Royal Blood returned in June of 2017 with their sophomore LP, How Did We Get So Dark? Buoyed by the songs “Hook, Line & Sinker” and “I Only Lie When I Love You,” the album hit number one in England and number 25 on the Billboard 200.
Childhood friends Ian Fraser and Luke Gruntz grew up in Cobourg, Ontario and had been friends since age four. They began getting interested in music around age eight when they first listened to AC/DC. Later in their teens they began recording their own music. Their debut EP, titled ‘”14″‘ was released on 14 February 2016, though they began to gain popularity with single “Hometown”. Released in 2017, it peaked at No. 6 on the US Mainstream Rock Charts. It was taken from their second EP, “The Boys”, which was released on 29 June 2018. The band’s first music festival was the 2018 installment of Lollapalooza in Chicago, and continuing into 2019 they played many festivals, including 2000 Trees Festival in England and Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta.
On December 11, 2020, they released the single “Good Grief”, the first single of their debut album, titled “Bummer”. This was followed on March 11, 2021 with second single “The Drake”. The third single, “Family Van” was released on 20 April 2021 alongside the announcement of their debut album, which was released on June 4, 2021.