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Coming off the huge line-up of the Groovin The Moo festival and shows across Australia and New Zealand, UK rock giants Royal Blood were in Brisbane to blow the speakers of the Riverstage. It’s been almost a year since they were here on the bill for Splendour in the Grass, this time round they were in town for their own headline show. The evening opened with two Australian bands, legends Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and Sydney duo Polish Club both performing exceptionally well.
For those that don’t know Royal Blood is made up of two British lads, that’s right TWO people. Michael Kerr on bass and vocals and Ben Thatcher on drums manage to create this incredible wall of noise in the studio and have absolutely no issue recreating it live. The two take the stage opening with ‘Where Are You Now?’and their huge single ‘Lights Out’ from their latest record which roughened up the crowd. Their latest album has done exceptionally well here, but everyone knew the older tunes all too well including the moshing masterpiece ‘Come On Over’ and catchy chorus of ‘You Can Be So Cruel’. In saying that, their newer songs stuck out just as much with ‘I Only Lie When I Love You’, ‘Hook, Line & Sinker’, ‘Sleep’, ‘Hole In Your Heart’ and title track ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’.
Michael addressed the packed field of people very little throughout the show. He apologised as he was in awe playing to so many people on the other side of the world. The energetic crowd made it very clear many times to make up for it by mastering a ‘shoey’, which he kindly declined each time. Continuing on with the show, the wet conditions had no affect on the audience as the remainder of the night took us back to their self-titled debut album. The dirty, heaviness of ‘Loose Change’and the groovy riff and insanity caused by the outro of ‘Figure It Out’is responsible for making Australia fall in love with Royal Blood. It seemed like the duo were done as the left their instruments behind and walked off staged, no way were they done. After finally attending to the yelling and screams of the Brisbane crowd they closed their set with two classics. The thunderous ‘Ten Tonne Skeleton’ and ending with the crushing ‘Out of the Black’.
There’s a reason Royal Blood have been praised by rock gods such as Dave Grohl, Tom Morello and Lars Ulrich, they’re the real deal and responsible for bringing riff rock back to commercial status. It’s a mystery how they manage to produce the noise of a six-piece band as a duo; it had to be one of the loudest shows I’ve been too. Royal Blood were incredible; their show was energetic, loud, heavy, exciting and overall mesmerising. A true, old school rock show.
Review by Christian Kafritsas