English duo also announces details for How Did We Get So Dark?
By David Sands
April 14, 2017
Royal Blood has a startling new video called “Lights Out” to show you — and some juicy details about the follow-up to their self-titled 2014 debut to boot.
The English drum and bass rock duo had been keeping a pretty tight lid on their sophomore album, but now we know the album will be called How Did We Get So Dark? It’s scheduled for a June 16 release through Warner Bros. Records.
They’ve also revealed artwork for the album cover and a track listing for the 10-song recording (SEE BELOW). What’s more, we also know that bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher created the music during instrumental sessions in L.A., Nashville and Brighton, England and then recorded it with the assistance of two producers: Jolyon Thomas in Brussels and Tom Dalgety in London.
If that’s not enough, Royal Blood has also released a rather eyeball-popping video for their new single “Lights Out,” which will be appearing on the album (SEE VIDEO BELOW). The video starts off with Kerr and Thatcher playing on a rug in a room that at first glance looks to have a leaky roof. Suddenly it transforms into a surreal pool with swimmers popping out of the walls, floor and ceiling. Later the room is bathed in a uncanny red light while the two musicians play on immersed waist deep in water.
Sonically, “Lights Out” gets its point across with pounding riffs and rhythmic drumming accented by Kerr’s haunting falsettos. The pair also complement their primary instruments with accompaniments on keyboard (Kerr) and piano (Thatcher).
How Did We Get So Dark? will be available in digital, vinyl, CD, cassette formats. It can be preordered now through Royal Blood’s website.
The duo plans to hit The Governor’s Ball music fest in NYC and Bonnaroo in Tennessee this June, before embarking on a series of European shows. Later in the summer, they’ll return to the U.S. and also play a few shows in Canada, Australia and Japan.
Title: How Did We Get So Dark
Artist: Royal Blood
Release Date: June 16
Label: Warner Bros.
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