Last night (17 February) Royal Blood kicked off Brits Week 2015 by playing a sold out show at London’s KOKO.
A lengthy stage entrance saw the rock duo get straight into their self-titled debut album with Come On Over. The recognisable intro of frontman Mike Kerr’s slick bass guitar got the crowd into frenzy and when You Can Be So Cruel was played – which happens to be my favourite song from the album – I couldn’t help but jump along to the track.
When the band performed You Want Me, the B-side to Come On Over, it was the first time I’d heard the song and it’s not a typical Royal Blood track. Less heavy and more indie but still fitting within the set-list, You Want Me brought the tempo down for a less fast-paced atmosphere to mark the halfway point of the gig.
The Brighton band featured on Culturefly’s best albums of 2014 and they’re already tipped for future headlining slots and stadiums. Being able to see Royal Blood play in a mere 1400 capacity was a pure treat for fans. Better Strangers, Blood Hands and Loose Change showed the duo’s versatility, determination and uniqueness; they’re bringing rock music back to the UK, and they’re doing it with style.
The band are up for three nominations at this year’s prestigious Brit Awards, with last night’s ticket proceeds going to War Child. My highlight of the gig was Little Monster which, with its catchy hooks and thrashing drums, echoed through the London venue with the audience singing along in sync to Kerr’s every word.
It was a short but punchy set which left the audience wanting more, but sadly there was no encore from the rock two-piece. When your ears rings from the loudness of the speakers, you know it’s been a good gig. I look forward to seeing Royal Blood again in less than a month with their biggest London show to date at Brixton Academy. See you there!
Graduate Multimedia Journalist, Online Editor at CIO UK and contributing writer at Culturefly and Contact Music.