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Busy 2015 looms for Britain's Royal Blood
Royal Blood's Mike Kerr does not consider himself a natural born singer. But given the success his band is having, he's certainly well-suited to the task.
"I'd always sung a little bit, but never in front of people," says Kerr, 23, a keyboardist-turned-bassist who founded Royal Blood with drummer Ben Thatcher in 2013 and says influences such as Led Zeppelin and Queens of the Stone Age convinced him that he might be suited to sing in front of a heavy rock band.
"I didn't realize you could actually sing softly and do this. All the music in rock I'd heard before were people who were just screaming and not singing. And then I hear Queens of the Stone Age and it was the exact level of heaviness I loved, yet all the vocals were so soft and smooth and melodic.
"That made me realize that my voice could suit a rock band and I could make rock music and sing at the same time. It was a real revelation."
Kerr and Thatcher are certainly making a strong mark out of the gate. They've had chart-topping rock hits in their native U.K. with "Out of the Block" and "Little Monster," as well as a No. 1 album with their self-titled debut. The duo is building a strong following in the U.S., too, which will likely only grow when it hits the road next year in a coveted opening spot for the Foo Fighters.
"We're very excited about touring with them," Kerr says. "Initially we thought it was just going to be the huge U.K. shows, but to be able to come over to the U.S. and be given the opportunity to tour with them is going to be amazing. We're not sure what to expect, but we're looking forward to the experience to tour with such a legendary act."
That may, however, delay Royal Blood's next album, tough Kerr and Thatcher will be keeping that in the back of their mind while they're touring.
"We've not put too much thought into it just yet," Kerr acknowledges, "but we try to work on some ideas when we're on the road. I'm sure once we're not on the move then we'll get into the rehearsal room and start to work on some of these ideas.
"At the moment it's a few riffs; we're looking forward to expanding on these and getting back into the studio when the time is right."
Royal Blood, Citizen Zero and Ignoring the Echos
Tuesday, Dec. 2. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Saint Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.
Tickets are $19.
Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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