Royal Blood


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Inasmuch as it takes some cheek indeed to name your band Royal Blood, Britain has reacted to the musical duo of Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher practically as if they were actual descendants of the House of Windsor. Following a prime appearance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival and a No. 1 album in the form of How Did We Get So Dark?, Royal Blood have, well, RULED the U.K. this summer, and seemingly overcome any mainstream rock bias against their White Stripes-derived format: Kerr’s bass guitar acting as both rhythm and melodic instrument to Thatcher’s rather traditional approach to drumming. Now, it’s time for the Englishmen to win over converts in the U.S.