BRITs 2015 Showcase: Royal Blood Kill It At KOKO
The Brighton band are bringing proper rock back in style...
Following warm up support from rockers Vant and The Bohicas, the Brighton duo hit the stage to bring rock back with a cacophony of sound that lasted from beginning to end.
The opening riff of Come On Over is the perfect start to the set, immediately moving the crowd to rock out and sing (or shout) along. And the fun doesn't stop as the duo self-assuredly maintain the momentum through their now well-known EP Out Of The Black, effortlessly belting out crowd-pleasers Hole, Little Monster and the almost-anthemic Figure It Out. The band's less familiar tracks from their self-titled album get an outing too, particularly pleasing with a dark and dirty rendition of Blood Hands.
20-something Brightonians Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher have only been performing together for two years, but the talented musicians clearly share a connection on stage. They're well practiced and professional, of course - Kerr's Josh Homme-like vocals never falter - but more to the point there's no doubt whatsoever that they LOVE being rock stars. Royal Blood are positively bathed in confidence and it's a joy to watch. At one point, Thatcher gets so carried away he nips out from behind his expansive drum kit to indulge in a spot of crowd-surfing. It's cliched, maybe, but the pair can easily be forgiven for living the dream.
By far the most impressive thing about seeing Royal Blood live, though, is the sheer amount of noise coming from the stage courtesy of just a bass guitar and a drum kit. Their line-up might be spartan, but keeping it simple clearly works.
The BRIT Awards take place on Wednesday 25 February at London's O2.