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Published on September 8th, 2023 | by Just Jay


Royal Blood Release New Album ‘Back to the Water Below’

Royal Blood unveiled their highly anticipated new album Back To The Water. The album launched alongside a video for the new single “Shiner In The Dark.” Listen to the album HERE and watch the video below.

When Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher started work on Back To The Water Below, they cast aside any preconceptions of what their band could be. They allowed themselves the freedom to embrace other ideas, at times being guided by melodies rather than riffs and rhythms, and at others deploying whatever instrumentation they felt best complemented the songs. Key to achieving their creative liberation was the decision to produce the record entirely independently for the first time — not to mention, having the freedom to stroll down to their studio space near their homes in Brighton whenever a moment of inspiration struck. While everything had changed for Royal Blood over the course of the previous decade, the reason for forming the band was completely unchanged: the simple joy of Mike plugging in, Ben picking up his sticks, and the pair making a racket for the sheer fun of it.

Kerr says, “I think this record was about letting the ideas take us where they needed to go, and off the back of ‘Typhoons,’ we felt permission to go to those places with more confidence and knowledge of how to execute them. If there was a song that was calling us to do something that wasn’t typically what we’re known for, we felt more like that’s where we were going to go. The songs are in charge and if that means having a record that is quite varied, that’s what we were going to go for. As a result, we’ve made a rollercoaster of a record.”

That rollercoaster ride has been demonstrated by the album’s previous singles, “Mountains At Mignight” and “Pull Me Through.” The new single “Shiner In The Dark” continues that unpredictable streak as it sets a rock ‘n’ roll swagger to the tight, danceable rhythms that pulsated throughout the Typhoons album. Meanwhile, the other songs on Back To The Water Below are just as essential. Devoid of distortion, “The Firing Line” represents a bigger departure, its ‘90s alt-rock tone and an underbelly of psychedelia later elevated by a chiming piano melody, while “Tell Me When It’s Too Late” erupts into a maximalist wall-of-sound. It ends on a high with the ethereal “Waves,” which opens with melancholy dream pop atmospherics before taking flight with an expansive shoegaze-tinged finale.

North American Headline Tour Kicks Off Next Month

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In addition to its digital release, Back To The Water Below is available on physical formats which include a Deluxe Edition marbled vinyl, complete with a signed insert and a bonus two-track 7” vinyl. This, together with a range of album bundles, are available HERE.

Royal Blood is celebrating the release of Back To The Water Below with their upcoming North American headline tour.  See HERE for a full list of shows and accompanying ticket details.

North American Tour Dates:

Sep 16            Asbury Park, NJ             Sea. Hear. Now Festival

Sep 18            Detroit, MI                      The Fillmore Detroit

Sep 19            Cleveland, OH               Agora Theater

Sep 21            Louisville, KY                 Louder Than Life Festival

Sep 22            Saint Louis, MO             The Pageant

Sep 23            Chicago, IL                     Riviera Theatre

Sep 25            Toronto, ON                   Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Sep 26            Montreal, QC                  MTELUS

Sep 27            Boston, MA                     Roadrunner

Sep 29            New Haven, CT              College Street Music Hall

Sep 30            Philadelphia, PA             The Fillmore

Oct 02             Brooklyn, NY                  Brooklyn Steel

Oct 03             New York, NY                 Webster Hall

Nov 09            Los Angeles, CA            The Wiltern

Nov 10            Oakland, CA                   Fox Theater

Nov 11            Santa Cruz, CA              The Catalyst

Nov 13            Seattle, WA                    Paramount Theatre

Nov 14            Vancouver, BC               Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Nov 15            Portland, OR                  Crystal Ballroom

Nov 17            Salt Lake City, UT          Union Event Center

Nov 18            Englewood, CO              Gothic Theatre

Nov 20            Tulsa, OK                       Cain’s Ballroom

Nov 21            Dallas, TX                       South Side Ballroom

Nov 22            Austin, TX                       ACL Live at The Moody Theater

Nov 25            Albuquerque, NM        Sunshine Theater

Nov 26            Phoenix, AZ                    The Van Buren

Nov 27            San Diego, CA                The Sound


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