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Ben Thatcher and Mike Kerr

Royal Blood are a British Hard Rock duo from Brighton. The band consists of Mike Kerr (vocals, bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums). You may notice that neither of them play guitar, that's because it's all done on a bass. They also don't use any session or touring musicians, so what you see is what you get. Formed in 2013, they got off to a quick start releasing their debut single "Out of the Black" in November. Later, they relased first EP Out of the Black in March 2014 to positive reviews, containing the Title Track and three other songs.

In August 2014, they released their debut album Royal Blood, which topped the UK albums charts. Their singles "Out of the Black", "Little Monster", and "Figure It Out" also crossed The Pond, placing high on the U.S. rock charts.



  • Out of the Black (EP) (2014)
  • Royal Blood (2014)
  • How Did We Get So Dark? (2017)
  • Typhoons (2021)

In media, "Out of the Black" was featured in the soundtracks of video games EA Sports UFC and Forza Horizon 2 , and a trailer for Elite Dangerous. "Blood Hands", an album-exclusive, was featured on the soundtrack album of The Divergent Series: Insurgent.

This band provides examples of

  • All of the Other Reindeer: "Little Monster" is about this.
  • Animated Music Video: The music video for "Out of the Black", which also mixes in some live-action sequences.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Mike is noticeably taller than Ben.
  • Deranged Animation: The animated parts in the "Out of the Black" music video are sometimes extremely gory.
  • Genre Throwback: To '70s Hard Rock.
  • Genre Shift: The band's first two albums were unapologetically heavy, with wailing chords and crashing drums contributing to a sound reminiscent of grunge and punk rock. Typhoons is more melodic, with disco and prog rock influences giving it a softer sound a la No Doubt and Primal Scream.
  • Lead Bassist: An unusual example of a Type A and B with Mike Kerr. He's the lead singer, but since the band has no guitarist, all of the epic riffs are done on a bass.
    • Lead Drummer: Ben Thatcher is well known too, since they're a duo he doesn't get overshadowed.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The music video for "Come On Over" features a woman going topless.
  • Precision F-Strike: "Out of the Black" provides the one and only instance of profanity in their music.
    And I promised you
    Like you promised me
    But those vows we made
    Fucked it up for free
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Some songs from Typhoons draw on Kerr's negative experiences with the lifestyle, with Kerr claiming in an interview that the band might not have survived if he hadn't gotten sober.