It’s hard to believe but we haven’t heard new music from Brighton, UK rock band Royal Blood since they released How Did We Get So Dark in 2017. But after teasing a new song earlier this week, the wait is over as the duo have released the track today and it’s called “Trouble’s Coming.” In addition to sharing the new song, they’ve indicated their third album will be released in the spring of 2021.
“Trouble’s Coming” has that big distorted low-end that bassist Mike Kerr is so famous for, making it obvious this is a Royal Blood song. However, instead of being the kind of straightahead rocker that turned heads when the band debuted in 2014 with Royal Blood, this new song takes a funky, disco-inflected approach. That’s not to say it’s without the band’s trademark pummeling power, featuring an instrumental breakdown that is as likely to get a live crowd revved up as get feet on the dancefloor.
“It was the moment something started to click – where we started playing over those much more rigid dance beats,” said Kerr about the song. “The breakthrough was realizing that there was real common ground between that and what we’d done before. It’s that AC/DC aspect: where the quality that makes the riffs seem so cutting is because of that beat. Although on the surface we were stepping outside what we’d done before, it didn’t feel at all unnatural; it felt like we were returning to music we’d loved from the very beginning: Daft Punk, Justice, things that were really groove-orientated. It was all about the beat. It felt like familiar territory, but something we’d censored in ourselves.”
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