It’s one of this year’s most talked about comebacks, as Brighton alt-rock duo Royal Blood make their riff-tastic return with monstrous new single, ‘Lights Out’, taken from their upcoming second record ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ set for release on June 16th through Warner Bros.
The album, which follows the band’s acclaimed 2014 self-titled debut has been teased for several weeks through snippets of video and rather cryptic Instagram live streams. But it wasn’t until Wednesday, when a mural depicting what is supposedly the album artwork was revealed, that our suspicions were confirmed, along with a title and a release date.
The single itself was premiered as MistaJam’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1 last night (13/4), and was paired with a swanky big-budget video to boot! ‘Lights Out’ ticks all the right boxes for any Royal Blood fan; greasy, bluesy hard rock licks tussle with pounding percussion, and someone’s got to talk about that bass solo right? You can watch the official video for ‘Lights Out’ in the player below, it’s a strange one for sure.
“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.”
– Mike Kerr
Speaking about the album last year, bassist/vocalist Mike Kerr had said the band had written over fifty songs, with the motto “anything you’re not proud of, bin it”. The results have apparently proved to be “way sexier” and “more confident” than anything the duo have written before. Early inklings have hinted toward a meatier, harder approach. Playing at Reading Festival in 2015, the band debuted unreleased song, ‘Hook, Line And Sinker (which features on the track listing for the new album, see below). Armed to the teeth with sludgy blues rock riffs and a suitably killer chorus, it’s enough to make even Josh Homme go weak at the knees.
“We’re not turning into Keane, put it that way. We’re still bringing the rock n’ roll.”
– Ben Thatcher
‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ is available to pre-order in all physical and digital formats through the band’s website right here, and you can listen to ‘Lights Out’ through the Spotify embed below. Check out the album’s stylish monotone artwork whilst you’re at it.
‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ track listing:
How Did We Get So Dark?
I Only Lie When I Love You
Look Like You Know
Where Are You Now?
Hook, Line and Sinker
Hole In Your Heart
Words by Joe Bulger
Featured image courtesy of NME, photographer unknown