Royal Blood | O2 Academy | Newcastle | 18 May 2017

Reviewed for The Northern Echo

Royal Blood are hot property with illustrious admirers including Metallica’s Lars Ullrich, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.

Newcastle Academy was lucky enough to be included on a four date mini-tour previewing their second album "How Did We Get So Dark?" due out in mid June. Lucky indeed, as their autumn tour sees them graduating to 10,000 capacity arenas such is their meteoric rise.

Diving immediately into the new material with the outstanding "Where Are You Now?" and "Lights Out", the audience, starved of new material for almost three years, loved it. Old favourite "Come On Over" went down a storm before a third new song "She's Creeping”.

There is talk of a more melodic sound on the new release, but live this was hard to discern. The new songs, including new single “Hook, Line & Sinker sounded as raw – and enjoyable – as the material on their self-titled debut album “Hole In Your Heart” aside, the second half of the show concentrated on older favourites including “Better Strangers”, “Figure It Out”, “Loose Change”, “Ten Tonne Skeleton” and climaxing in “Out Of The Black”.

Like the White Stripes before them, drummer Ben Thatcher and singer/bassist Mike Kerr, know the raw potential of just two instruments and vocals, and with Kerr’s mighty riffs and Thatcher’s pounding drums they certainly make the most of it. Their set at Newcastle may have been on the short side but what it lacked in length it made up for in sheer power and volume.


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