Rock duo Royal Blood are currently on a headline tour in support of their forthcoming eponymous debut album. They performed at The Rave bar in Milwaukee on July 28 to a raucous crowd who were already in-the-know about the alternative rock sensation from the U.K.
They performed an electric, albeit brief, 45-minute set of music from their current E.P., "Out of the Black," interspersed with unreleased material due to be released on August 25. Royal Blood consists of vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, who delivered driven riffs and slamming percussion behind Kerr's angst-ridden vocals. They produced a wall of sound that resonated with Kerr's deep, cutting grooves that were tightly coupled to Thatcher's leaded drumming.
From the opening "Hole" to the punishing and contagious first single, "Out of the Black," the pair moved quickly through their 11-song set. Kerr swapped bass guitars a number of times, while also working his pedals to produce music that was rich with emotion despite the lack of a traditional electric guitar.
Royal Blood will be performing in Chicago over the next few days shows at Lincoln Hall on July 31 and their debut performance at Lollapalooza as they close out the BMI stage on Friday, August 1. They'll return back to the area again in mid-October in support of The Pixies at the Orpheum Theater in Madison, Wis.
Upcoming Royal Blood tour dates (* supporting The Pixies):
7/31 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
8/01 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/03 - Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
9/19 - Minneapolis, MN @ 93X Radio Show
9/21 - Maryland Height, MO @ KPNT Point Big Summer Show
9/27 - San Diego, CA @ Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay*
9/30 - San Francisco, CA @ Nob Hill Masonic Center*
10/02 - Garden City, ID @ Revolution Concert House & Event Center*
10/03 - Spokane, WA @ INB Performing Arts Center*
10/05 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Conference and Event Centre*
10/06 - Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Centre*
10/07 - Saskatoon, SK @ TCU Place*
10/09 - Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre*
10/11 - Minneapolis, MN @ The State Theatre*
10/12 - Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater*