Music: Royal Blood with Valley of the Sun

Vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher do business as the Garage/Psych/Blues duo Royal Blood.

Jul 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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Royal Blood

Vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher do business as the Garage/Psych/Blues duo Royal Blood. It’s an interesting spin on the guitar/drum concept that has taken hold in recent years, as Kerr brings the bass into the lead role with the force of what Alice Cooper once characterized as a “Heavy Metal elephant gun.”

Coming off like the Rock & Roll bruise created by The Black Keys and Blue Cheer, Royal Blood has only been around for two years, and only half of that time in its current incarnation. Earlier this year, Royal Blood released its second single, “Little Monster” (both singles topped the British charts), the twosome performed a rousing set at SXSW and a series of other festivals in rapid succession (including a triumphant return to Glastonbury) and the band opened a pair of Arctic Monkeys shows.

Royal Blood’s Cincinnati visit is only one of 11 American tour dates. They play the Taft Theatre Saturday, July 26 at 8:30 p.m. with Valley of the Sun. Tickets/more info here.