Royal Blood were in Toronto for… well nothing. The CN Tower, the vibes, maybe to run into Drake. *wink wink
While in town, they stopped to chat with Adam of 102.1 The Edge about playing with the Foo Fighters, Jimmy Page dropping by Ben’s birthday dinner and of course, their second studio album, How Did We Get So Dark? which drops June 16, 2017.
WATCH: Adam chats with Royal Blood duo, Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher
The band reminisced about their time on tour where they played with the Foo Fighters and how watching them on stage was part of the inspiration to write the new album. They also talked about their new friendship with Jimmy Page, who said of the rising duo: “You can hear they’re going to take rock into a new realm…”
Royal Blood then goes into more detail about their latest release, the inspiration behind the name, artwork and more.
“This is the first time we’ve named an album properly. We just wanted something to sum up some of the themes on the album.”
What started off as a lyric on Mike’s iPhone Notes, followed the band through the entire album-writing and recording process, with the title track How Did We Get So Dark? being the last song to be recorded. The question itself made Mike and Ben laugh, but ultimately the band felt the need to properly title their second album and sum up the themes within.
“We definitely felt like the cover of this record would have to be as good… as striking…”
The cover of their first album just happened to be a really good find and it accidentally became the theme for how their artwork should look moving forward. When sourcing the artwork for the album, they stumbled upon a stunning photograph by a photographer that happened to be a fan – making it a great match.
The band does deal with a degree of censorship, even today, from people removing the nipples from the original photograph. “Who’s offended by a nipple? It’s like, who are these people?”
“When they showed us the edit (for the music video) we were like, ‘you’re geniuses'”
Mike and Ben wanted to make a really strong video and felt like it was a struggle, worrying about looking awkward, so they left the creative direction up to Sacred Egg. The finished product, which on paper seemed like a concept that was too ambitious, turned into such a cool video (using only practical effects; no CGI).
WATCH: Royal Blood’s first single off the new album, Lights Out
Oh and the real reason they were in Toronto? Secret show at the Velvet Underground…
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