It\u2019s incredible to think that it\u2019s only been four years since the Brighton-based duo from the UK, Royal Blood, released their self-titled first album. It filled a bluesy rock hole that we never knew we had, and spawned hugely successful single Figure it Out.\r\n\r\nSince its release, the band has been racking up accolades and touring extensively, including a current run of dates in Australia and New Zealand playing music from their latest album How did we get so Dark?.\r\n\r\nAnd Australia holds a very special place in the hearts of the band as drummer, Ben Thatcher, explained recently to Man of Many, \u201cWe came here for nine months travelling around and loved the place. It\u2019s not hard to see why so many people move here from the UK,\u201d comments Thatcher. \u201cWhile we were here, we just started working on music, being inspired by the places we were travelling...that led to the first album \u2013 so it\u2019s great to be back.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\nYou'll Also like:\r\nBob Dylan\u2019s 1965 Fender Telecaster Offered for the First Time Ever\r\nThis Month In Music\r\nThe Greatest Music Video of 2018 Has Landed\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe band has been on a whirlwind tour of late playing festivals around the world and supporting some very notable names. The Australian and New Zealand shows offer them the opportunity to play a full set once again, something that they have not had the chance to do much of recently.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re really looking forward to the shows as we haven\u2019t played a full set in a while,\u201d comments Thatcher. \u201cA full show is totally different and we\u2019re really excited to be playing more of our songs and the new album. The energy of the crowd in Australia after the first few shows, has been incredible so we can't wait to play more shows.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe measure of the success for any \u2018emerging\u2019 band is always to produce a second album of equal or better quality to the first, \u201cIt was hard. With the first album our thoughts were really that only our mates would hear it,\u201d muses Thatcher.\r\n\r\nOften referred to as the \u2018difficult second album\u2019, the band felt the pressure of ensuring that the second album was as good, while making sure they continued to grow musically.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe success of the first album meant we knew it wouldn\u2019t just be our mates that would listen. Once we started the process though, it was quite smooth and we enjoyed experimenting with the music,\u201d comments Ben. \u201cBut we found that the writing process was much better on this album and focussed on subjects we knew like, being in and out of relationships \u2013 those kinds of things.\u201d\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=ZSznpyG9CHY&amp;amp;feature=youtu.be\r\n\r\nFor the most part, the album has been well received critically - sharing enough of its predecessor to appeal to avid fans, while interjecting enough new music to garner new ones. And despite the bands accomplishments, it\u2019s still a two-man operation - albeit with a whole team in the background now, \u201cIt\u2019s still just the two of us. We have been friends for years so we love spending time on the road experiencing new things together. It\u2019s something different that you don\u2019t see as often.\u201d\r\n\r\nThatcher is referring to the distinctive make-up of the band that separates them from the pack, in that it consists solely of a bass player and drummer, with the odd extra instrument thrown into the mix that see lead singer and bass player, Mike Kerr dashing from piano back to his bass and so many more.\r\n\r\nThe unique make-up has drawn parallels to the likes of the White Stripes and Black Keys previously \u2013 with the latter being a band that Royal Blood shares the most similarities with, thanks to the blues undertones that perforate both bands music.\r\n\r\nAnd while they may be still relatively \u2018young\u2019 in terms of the bands inception, success and the members themselves, they have learned a great deal from working and touring with their older counterparts, such as Guns N' Roses, QOTSA and Foo Fighters.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019ve been lucky to have worked with some amazing bands,\u201d says Ben. \u201cWe\u2019ve learned a lot from them because they have all been so friendly that we kind of forget who they are \u2013 they\u2019re just mates now. I\u2019m not sure who we would like to work with next \u2013 we\u2019ll see what happens.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTouring extensively as the band has done comes at a cost though, with stories of injuries and mischief seemingly being the band\u2019s unknown \u2018third member\u2019, \u201c[Touring] is fun but it can be pretty hectic. It\u2019s about finding a balance and now I think we know our limits a little better,\u201d comments Ben.\r\n\r\nIn one extreme incident, a sound guy lost a testicle but Ben won\u2019t be drawn out on the story, \u201cHe\u2019s ok now \u2013 he still has one more\u2026to lose. It was a crazy experience. We\u2019re just hoping that we get home all in one piece from this tour.\u201d\r\n\r\nFinding a balance is one thing, but the practice is very different. As seen in Sydney recently, with just the two members playing the majority of the music on different instruments, the high-energy shows would, unquestionably, take their toll on the band. But it\u2019s not something that the boys think about too much.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe know how lucky we are. We play every show like it could all end tomorrow, and we\u2019d be ok with that,\u201d considers Ben. \u201cWe just want to have a good time before it is all over.\u201d\r\n\r\nAnd as was the case with the first album, most of the material on the second was written while on the road \u2013 whether touring after the first album or just generally travelling around. Asked whether they are working on new material, Thatcher comments; \u201cWe\u2019re always working on new songs that come from our experiences. We\u2019re not sure when the next [album] would be but we\u2019re working on it.\u201d\r\n\r\nRoyal Blood is currently touring Australia and New Zealand playing some individual shows and as part of Groovin the Moo festival.\r\n\r\nTUE\u00a01\u00a0MAY -\u00a0Logan Campbell Centre Auckland, New Zealand\r\n\r\nTHU\u00a03\u00a0MAY -\u00a0TSB Bank Arena - Wellington, New Zealand\r\n\r\nSAT\u00a05\u00a0MAY -\u00a0Groovin the Moo 2018Bendigo, VIC, Australia\r\n\r\nSUN\u00a06\u00a0MAY -\u00a0Groovin the Moo 2018 Townsville, QLD, Australia\r\n\r\nMON\u00a07\u00a0MAY -\u00a0Riverstage Brisbane, QLD, Australia\r\n\r\nWED\u00a09\u00a0MAY -\u00a0Margaret Court Arena - Melbourne, VIC, Australia\r\n\r\nSAT\u00a012\u00a0MAY -\u00a0Groovin the Moo 2018Bunbury, WA, Australia\r\n\r\nSUN\u00a013\u00a0MAY -\u00a0HBF Stadium - Perth, WA, Australia\r\n\r\n\r\nYou'll Also like:\r\nBob Dylan\u2019s 1965 Fender Telecaster Offered for the First Time Ever\r\nThis Month In Music\r\nThe Greatest Music Video of 2018 Has Landed\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to\u00a0Man of Many? 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