2 or 3 weeks ago now, arguably one of the most important bands to come out of the country in the last year released their eponymous debut album. Royal Blood – Royal Blood is an astonishing record, and thankfully one that has been widely recognised. The fact that it stormed to the number one spot on the album chart on its first week showed that there’s still hope in music. This sounds very exaggerated and melodramatic but it’s not when crap like Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ is the biggest song of the year. Bands like Royal Blood come around because of this ear-wrenching nonsense, and the success of their debut album has illustrated that people DO still like to listen to songs written by actual people and they DO still enjoy guitar music. (One thing you’ll learn about me is that I refuse to call it ‘rock’, because the cross-over is ridiculous and ‘rock n roll’ is maybe the cheesiest saying ever, therefore I believe that ‘guitar music’ is simpler and easier to understand and pin down).
Anyway, thank God for Royal Blood and their brilliant LP. It is half an hour of filthy riff-age, loud bashing drums and musicianship that’ll make your fingers bleed with excitement. If you don’t have it, let me know your address and I’ll hunt you down. If you do, keep listening, it can only get better.