Royal Blood Announces New Album “Back To The Water Below”, Premieres New Song “Mountains at Midnight” on BBC Radio 1
British rock duo Royal Blood, consisting of Mike Kerr (vocals/bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums), has announced their fourth studio album “Back To The Water Below” will be released on September 8, 2023.
It is their body of work in two years since the 2021 album “Typhoons”.
The album comprises 10-track, produced by Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher. It is their first self-produce album.
Ben Thatcher said of the album, “I think this record was about letting the ideas take us where they needed to go. If there was a song that was calling us to do something that wasn't typically what we're known for, that's where we're going to go. The songs are in charge and if that means having a record that's quite varied that's what we're going to go for, rather than trying to shoehorn everything into the same world. As a result, we've made a record that's a bit of a rollercoaster. It's everything we could do.”
Mike Kerr continued, “No-one saw the years of us playing in loads of bands to no-one, that all gets swept under the carpet because the other story is magical and much more wondrous. Luck is where passion meets opportunity. We got our golden ticket and walked out as tiny ninjas. We were in the right place at the right time, and we have to remember to give ourselves the credit that we didn't get into this position by winning a quiz show, we put in a serious amount of work. It's taken us four albums to realise this isn't luck, we're good and we're committed to this.”
- From the album, the duo premiered a new song “Mountains at Midnight” on BBC Radio 1's Future Sounds with Clara Amfo on May 25, 2023.
It was written and produced by Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher.
The duo shared on social media, “We wanted to remind you who we are and what we do before we drag you down the rabbit hole with us.”
Mike Kerr told Clara Amfo about the song, “I realized that most of our songs are pretty slow. Because I think fast songs are hard to write because they're over quicker and we kind of came up with this riff during soundcheck on the last tour and it feels like something that should have been part of our catalog a long time ago. It was quite overdue. It was very natural was very much part of the show already. Even though we haven't played a single show yet.”
They continued, “I feel like most tracks on the on the new record kind of feel like we wouldn't have been equipped enough to kind of pull off properly. I feel like in no way what musically and physically. But I see what you're saying. You know what we've been able to know something like that.”
The duo will perform the song at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend 2023 in Dundee, Scotland on May 28, 2023.
Photo by Tom Beard
Background photo by Madeleine Michael
- source : BBC Radio 1