Royal Blood started their first intimate live performance in Camden and had the live debut of ‘Waves’ and ‘There Goes My Cool’. Check out the images and the full list below.
The concert took place last night (August 31) at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London, and was the first of a number of intimate concerts that the pair are holding for the release of their new album “Back To The Water Below”. to celebrate.
Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher kicked off the set with a performance of ‘Out Of The Black’, the first song from their 2014 self-titled album, with the latter opening the show by standing in the crowd and then making his way onto the stage.
From there, the Brighton duo trotted out a number of fan favorites including “Figure It Out”, “Little Monster” and “Trouble’s Coming” as well as a range of later tracks taken from their new album.
Tracks on the new LP, which went on sale today (September 1), included “Shiner In The Dark” and “Mountains At Midnight”, although the high point of the night came in the second half of their set. they performed two new songs live for the first time.
After completing another of their 2014 tracks, “Loose Change,” the group delighted the London crowd with their first performance of honeyed song “There Goes My Cool,” set to orange lighting that deleted while Kerr performed the first half of the song sitting behind a keyboard.
From there, they immediately launched into another live performance of their new album, premiering their most intense final track, “Waves” a day before the album’s release. Below you will find images of the moment, as well as the full song list.
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01. ‘Out of the Black’
02. ‘Eat Abroad’
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04. ‘Lights Out
05. ‘Pull Through Me’
06. ‘Trouble Coming’
08. ‘Shiner In The Darkness
10. ‘How Did We Get So Dark?
11. ‘Release Change’
12′ ‘There Goes My Cool’ (Live Debut)
13. ‘Waves’ (Live Debut)
14. ‘Midnight Mountains
15. ‘Figure it out
Last night’s performance at the Electric Ballroom was the first of a number of live performances by Royal Blood in the UK to celebrate the release of their fourth studio album.
The next show is tonight at Kingston’s PRYZM venue, followed by a stop at SWX in Bristol.
Following these intimate concerts, the duo will tour the UK and Ireland next month, with an opening show at Manchester’s O2 Apollo on October 20, followed by stops in Edinburgh, London, Liverpool and Bale. Feirste, among others. Here you will find a full list of upcoming tour dates and available tickets.
In a four-star review of “Back to The Water Below”, NME described the album as “a knee-jerk return to the roots”.
“This time, singer/doors Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher chose to record the album themselves in their studio in Brighton. It was a deliberate decision made by the long-time friends, understanding that their chemistry and trust were at the heart of their success,” he read.
“Back to the Water Below” feels like the return of Royal Blood. Honoring their instincts, as Kerr said they did in the studio, showed fruitful results for his band.”
In other Royal Blood news, Kerr recently spoke to NME about the trust Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme put in him, and how that helped shape the album.
“Josh Homme said, ‘If you expect anything from music, you expect too much’… Tomorrow is never promised, and it amazes me that we’ve come as far as we can do this yet,” he said.
“We never had any ambitions to play this venue or do that tour. Our only ambitions now are to keep digging and pushing forward creatively.”