Royal Blood have given some tantalising details on their upcoming second album. Following up from 2014’s huge debut album, front-man Mike Kerr said that the duo have written around 50 songs for the record and that quality control has been strict – “anything you’re not proud of, bin it” he said, also commenting that the sound of the group’s new material is “more confident” than their debut.
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Drummer Ben Thatcher has been posting photos and updates from Belgium for the last two months on his Twitter and going by some of the photos, the band are likely working on new material there. So it seems a safe bet to assume that they’re only just putting the finishing touches to their long anticipated sophomore effort. Recently the band posted a mysterious teaser video titled ‘2017’ to YouTube and before that, various images and clips of the group in the studio appeared on the band’s Facebook page as long ago as April 2016, so it seems their second album has been in the works for a while now. The majority of the album was written in California and Kerr says: “We had a warehouse space in Burbank and it was great, we’d party at night and write all day. By that point, we felt the record was coming together and there was a bit of a theme between the songs.”
Quick to assure fans that album #2 is going to live up to its predecessor, when asked if the album would feature piano, Thatcher said: “We’re not turning into Keane, put it that way. We’re still bringing the rock ‘n’ roll.” Fans have had some new material to enjoy since the release of the band debut. ‘Where Are You Now?’ was included on the soundtrack to HBO’s Vinyl while ‘Hook Line And Sinker’ was performed at Reading 2015.