Kerr is clearly a monster on bass, but he lacks a distinctive voice; his high falsetto occasionally grating once it strays upward into a whine. Still, for a duo, they kick up an astoundingly rich and full sound, augmented occasionally by triggered backing vocals. The show passes very swiftly, as the band burst in rapid succession through their two albums’ worth of short, punchy tunes. Even at just under an hour, the audience appears to leave satisfied.
Royal Blood have shown they can conquer the mainstream with their radio-friendly sound. If willing to risk all, Kerr and Thatcher have the skills to still go even darker…and, yes, more interesting.
Los Angeles-based Joshua Sindell has served on the editorial staffs of Rip magazine, Los Angeles CityBeat, New Times Los Angeles, and Raygun magazine. His writing has appeared in Kerrang!, Arthur, Revolver, Terrorizer, The Comics Journal, and Metal Edge.