After becoming the biggest breaking British rock band with their self-titled 2014 debut album, the eagerly anticipated second album from Royal Blood How Did We Get So Dark? will be released on June 16th on Warner Bros. Records. The album’s lead single ‘Lights Out’ is now available to stream on the Shoot New Release Playlist!
In November 2016. vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, along with producer Jolyon Thomas, spent six weeks in a studio in Brussels with a warehouse of antique gear. How Did We Get So Dark? was subsequently completed after a final session in London with their debut album’s co-producer Tom Dalgety.
The ten tracks that feature on the album were written in instrumental form during sessions in Brighton, Hollywood, Los Angeles and Nashville. Always trying to explore ways of stripping their enormous sound back to give it more space and impact, inspiration for the lyrics came from events in Kerr’s life since the band first found huge success.
Royal Blood’s debut album was the fastest-selling British rock debut in three years, hitting #1 in the UK, debuting in the Top 5 on the US Billboard 200, going Top 20 in twelve countries, and selling over a million copies.
The album’s first single ‘Lights Out’ ups the ante from their debut with a wrecking ball of a groove cemented by Thatcher’s thunderous rhythms, while Kerr wrangles the twisted invention of his bass riffs to a whole new level.
While the album finds Royal Blood refining their melodic might, there are other moments that fulfil their aim to create songs that will add new dimensions to their live sets.
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