Royal Blood Ready For Arctic Monkeys’ Finsbury Park Shows
Our brilliant Brand New For 2014 rock duo are opening for Alex Turner’s band later this month...
Royal Blood’s year so far has been nothing less than a Little Monster.
Since making our MTV Brand New For 2014 list, Brighton boys Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher have been blowing up with their blistering sound.
In March the two-piece were incredible at Brixton Academy where Muse’s bass beast Chris Wolstenholme came to check them out.
And next Friday (May 23) is their biggest show yet – the first of two nights supporting the mighty Arctic Monkeys at their huge outdoor gigs in London’s Finsbury Park.
“Finsbury Park I’m sure is going to be amazing,” frontman Mike told MTV News UK after their awesome set at Liverpool Sound City.
“It’s another real milestone, but we’re taking it each day at a time otherwise we’d just go crazy.
“For us it doesn’t matter if it’s 20 people in front of us or 10,000, it’s just about having fun really. At Brixton we were terrified on the inside, but we’ve got some pretty good brave faces.”
Drumming gorilla Ben added: “May is mad for us but we’re looking forward to all of it. This month alone we go around the world.”
Royal Blood are currently Stateside for two gigs in New York and one at LA’s legendary rock venue The Roxy.
This Friday (May 16) the lads make their US TV debut by performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, just a few weeks after playing on much-loved BBC music show Later... with Jools Holland for the first time.
“Jools Holland was a ‘pinch yourself’ moment,” said Mike, who refuses to reveal to us how he produces a thunderous noise with his bass guitars apart from it taking him “a very long time” to create the sound.
“We’ve grown up watching Jools and it’s every musician’s dream to go on that show, so it was very surreal.”
And with their debut LP recorded and set for release in August, Ben revealed Royal Blood’s last day in the studio was a bizarre one.
“We spent half the day riding horses,” admitted the cap-wearing, drum-battering sticksman.
“There are no vocals on the second part of the album but we had a great time on horses,” Mike joked.
“We learned how to trot which was quite scary – I was holding on for dear life!”
By Ben Lowe