Royal Blood’s new album written from a ‘dark’ place | Entertainment

Royal Blood’s new album was written from a “dark” place.

Singer Mike Kerr, 33, and fellow drummer Ben Thatcher, 35, release their self-produced album “Back to the Water Below” on September 8, along with a taster single in the form of “Mountains at Midnight.”

Mike – who has been sober for around four years after a battle with alcohol and drugs – told The Cut: “I feel like I’m writing from this very isolated, dark and deep place.

“Every time I come to this place, it’s not always about trying to escape it. It’s not about trying to swim to the surface; it’s about acknowledging that I’m there and sitting in those feelings. But I will try not to reveal everything.

But he said the record isn’t just heavy noise to fit the mood of his lyrics.

Mike added: “The biggest danger of being in a rock band right now is getting on stage, looking cool as shit and hiding behind a wall of noise with no art or meaning to what you do.

“It’s the fastest way to get lost. I want to feel what I say. I want this to come from a real place… I really sweat over every word, and I’m fully aware that I’m going to go out, try to explain it and ruin all that hard work.

Mike added that setting up the band may seem simple but their job is far from “easy”.

He said: “I’m sure there are people who think what we’re doing is easy.

“Go ahead and give it a try. There’s nowhere to hide in this group.

He added of the band’s new track, “It sounds like the kind of Royal Blood song that should’ve always been there.”

Mike also spoke to NME about the new album: “It’s always about getting people’s attention, and songs of that nature seem to be rare.

“It sounds so much like us and what we are known for. As a reintroduction, it was a bold way to come back and say “Hi!” »

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