ARTIST:

ROYAL BLOOD

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

TYPHOONS

(2021)
LABEL:

WARNER

GENRE:

ALTERNATIVE ROCK

TAGS:
80's, Electro, Fusion, Happy
""Typhoons" should destabilize some, so much the group experiments but remains of a prevailing effectiveness with an immediate saving energy."
CALGEPO (18.05.2021)  
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Royal Blood's life has all the makings of a fairy tale as the band's success has been meteoric in a relatively short time. Born in 2013 as a duo composed of Mike Kerr and Ben Tatcher, the band is in the wake of the new wave of British alternative rock such as the Artic Monkeys, while drawing from American influences their out of the ordinary side (White Stripes, Foo Fighters ...). With this explosive mix of garage rock, hard rock and alternative, the first two albums of the duo have been a great success worldwide.

However, this effervescence and this feeling of being invincible led Mike Kerr into a downward spiral of alcohol addiction that could have destroyed the band. It was during the recording of "Typhoons" in Josh Homme's (Queens Of The Stone Age) magical studio in Los Angeles that the bassist became aware of his condition. The music served as a remedy to allow a recovery while leading the group to rethink its artistic direction. Encouraged in this sense by the famous sound engineer, Royal Blood decided to leave their comfort zone.

And as is often the case, it is from electro and a kind of modernity that salvation will come. Where their music was relatively stripped down, Mike and Ben explore new sounds where the always sharp riffs are combined with almost dance rhythms ('Trouble's Coming') which make the whole effective and surprising. 'Oblivion' confirms this direction with a little more heaviness, as if the White Stripes met Daft Punk. However, the band doesn't deny its more stripped down origins in which 'Who Needs Friends' seems to take refuge. In this vein, 'Either You Want It' plunges the listener even more into the original roots of the band close to the Artic Monkeys with a certain gravity and tension.

The album is thus an alternation of tracks that sweep the wide potential of the duo, between this will to assert where they come from and to shake their certainties, even if it means to disturb their fans. It goes from 'Boilermaker', both roots and modern, to 'Limbo' which could be a hit in clubs. The concept of "Typhoons" is reminiscent of Skip The Use's latest album "Past And Future". The album ends on the piano with the vaporous voice of Mike ('All We Have Is Now') which brings a little psychedelic touch. A beautiful track of sensitivity and undoubtedly very personal.

Needless to say that this album will be able to destabilize some so much the group experiments. Some will say that Royal Blood sold his soul to the devil, others will greet this relative risk-taking. Apart from this debate, "Typhoons" remains of a prevailing effectiveness with an immediate saving energy, unfortunately without making the album memorable in the duration.


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SIMILAR BANDS:
WHITE STRIPES, FOO FIGHTERS


TRACK LISTING:
01. Trouble’s Coming
02. Oblivion
03. Typhoons
04. Who Needs Friends
05. Million & One
06. Limbo
07. Either You Want It
08. Boilermaker
09. Mad Visions
10. Hold On
11. All We Have Is Now’

LINEUP:
Ben Thatcher: Batterie / Piano
Michael Kerr: Chant / Basse / Claviers
   
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