Royal Blood return with new single Trouble’s Coming

The first single from their third record, out next year.

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UK rock duo Royal Blood have released a new single, marking their first new material since 2017’s How Did We Get So Dark?Trouble’s Coming, first teased earlier this week, has today landed on streaming services.

It arrives ahead of their as-yet-untitled third record, due for release next spring. The album is set to take on an even broader range of influences compared to their first two, with the band saying their sound has been “flavoured by fresh influences” such as Daft Punk, Justice and the late Phillipe Zdar.

You can listen to the track below.

Vocalist and bassist Mike Kerr said of the track: “It was the moment something started to click – where we started playing over those much more rigid dance beats. 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.”

Drummer Ben Thatcher added, “When we first broke out, there were only two elements to the band. I didn’t just have to carry the beat, I’d have to colour in the changes. We were both bearing a lot of freight, sonically. But this was a different challenge; less varied, maybe, but so satisfying as a drummer.”

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