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Royal Blood – Listen to Our Interview in the New Episode of Our Under the Radar Podcast

The New Episode of Season 2 of Under the Radar with Celine Teo-Blockey Is Out Now on Major Podcasting Platforms

Nov 30, 2021
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Ben Thatcher, drummer from Brighton, England-based duo, Royal Blood (with bassist and singer Mike Kerr), is our guest on the latest episode of the Under the Radar with Celine Teo-Blockey podcast.

Royal Blood released their third studio album, Typhoons, earlier this year via Warner Records. And today they announced they announced a 2022 North American tour in support of their album (check out the dates below).

After their self-titled debut was released in 2014, the duo experienced a meteoric rise. Soon they were touring with their musical heroes—from Dave Grohl to Queens of the Stone Age, receiving awards from Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, and hanging out with Lars Ulrich of Metallica. Their sophomore album, 2017’s How Did We Get So Dark?, saw them expand on the hard rock sound that first brought them to prominence and was followed by almost six years of non-stop touring. On Typhoons Kerr writes about the drawbacks of this rock n’ roll lifestyle on songs such as “Typhoons,” “Trouble’s Coming,” and “Boilermaker.” They document his struggle with alcoholism, drug abuse, the self-loathing that followed the morning after, and the ongoing mental health issues.

Thatcher only realized how unhappy his good friend was after Kerr got sober and had the time, space, and clarity to write about what he was going through. In the episode, Thatcher reveals how the euphoric, disco-edge of the new album also acted like a Trojan horse that enabled Kerr to delve deeper and write these more personal songs that he felt some responsibility to talk about.

Reflecting on what it means to be a rock n’ roll band today, Thatcher says: “I think we found that since the start of the band, and with everything that rock and roll looked like back then, it’s nothing like rock and roll right now…from the clothes that people wear, to the drink and drugs that people take, to how people treated women…that’s totally changed and for the good.”

Thatcher also takes us back to his childhood growing up in an English coastal town, and tells us when he first fell in love with the drums, and how after both playing in several other bands, Kerr and Thatcher finally became the duo, Royal Blood.

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Each monthly episode of Under the Radar features an interview with a different musician conducted by host and producer Celine Teo-Blockey. Upcoming guests this season will include Julien Baker, Xiu Xiu, and more.

Also check our season 2, episode 1, which is our interview with The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne (plus listen to our bonus mini behind-the-scenes episode on The Flaming Lips). Season 2, episode 2 featured Emmy the Great. Season 2, episode 3 featured Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Season 2, episode 4 featured James Yorkston. Season 2, episode 5 featured London Grammar. Season 2, episode 6 featured Lucy Dacus. Season 2, episode 7 featured Adrian Younge. Season 2, episode 8 featured Sleaford Mods. Season 2, episode 9 featured SPELLLING. Season 2, episode 10 featured Courtney Barnett.

On top of being available on all podcasting platforms the podcast also airs on WLUR, an NPR affiliate based in Lexington, VA (the city where Under the Radar is currently based).

Royal Blood 2022 North American Tour Dates:

Apr. 18 - Toronto, Ontario @ History
Apr. 19 - Detroit, Mich. @ The Fillmore
Apr. 20 - Madison, Wis. @ The Sylvee
Apr. 22 - Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Ave
Apr. 23 - Winnipeg, Manitoba @ Burton Cummings Theatre
Apr. 25 - Calgary, Alberta @ MacEwan Hall
Apr. 27 - Edmonton, Alberta @ Edmonton Expo Centre
Apr. 29 - Vancouver, British Columbia @ Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
Apr. 30 - Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox SoDo
May 01 - Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom
May 03 - Oakland, Calif. @ Fox Theater
May 07 - Anaheim, Calif. @ House of Blues
May 08 - San Diego, Calif. @ The Observatory, North Park
May 09 - Tucson, Ariz. @ Rialto Theatre
May 10 - Albuquerque, N.M. @ El Rey Theatre
May 12 - Austin, Texas @ Stubbs Walker Creek
May 13 - Dallas, Texas @ South Side Ballroom
May 14 - Houston, Texas @ Bayou Music Center
May 16 - Nashville, Tenn. @ Brooklyn Bowl
May 17 - Atlanta, Ga. @ The Eastern
May 19 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
May 20 - Baltimore, Md. @ Baltimore Soundstage
May 23 - New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5
May 24 - Boston, Mass. @ House of Blues

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