Halloween Bloodbath set to be a right Royal shindig

Royal Blood are singer and bassist Mike Kerr, left, and drummer Ben Thatcher.
Royal Blood are singer and bassist Mike Kerr, left, and drummer Ben Thatcher.
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With blood in their name you would expect Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher to come up with something special for a Halloween show – and that is what they are promising.

“Expect the unexpected,” warns Ben, one half of Royal Blood.

The duo – singer and bassist Mike and drummer Ben – have enjoyed a whirlwind year since they formed in West Sussex last year.

Highlights have included a number one album, Mercury Prize nomination, prestigious slots supporting Sheffield’s own Arctic Monkeys and they are currently in the midst of sellout UK tour, which arrives in Sheffield tomorrow.

Ben admits it has been a bit of a whirlwind time.

He says: “The aim was to have fun and write music together.

“It was nothing more than that and it’s what we are still doing, although it’s progressed quite a lot.

“But it is the reason why we’re still together, it’s still the same. We enjoy playing music, but now we get to go around the world doing it, which is amazing.

“We’re just doing what we’ve always done. We have worked hard and its paid off.”

Ben admits the pair are excited to play in the Arctic Monkeys’ home city – Royal Blood supported the Monkeys at their huge Finsbury Park gigs earlier this year after first coming to people’s attention when Monkeys’ drummer Matt Helders wore a Royal Blood T-shirt during the quartet’s famous Glastonbury headlining set last year.

Ben says: “We’ve talked to them, although they haven’t really given us any advice or guidance.

“They are just normal guys that play really good music.

“We listened to them growing up, they are an inspiration to us.

“To be able to open at Finsbury Park and all those shows was an absolute pleasusre for us.

“Sheffield is a fantastic city and we cant wait to be playing there.”

And unlike most drummers, rather than being hidden at the back, Ben will be at the front of the stage sharing the limelight.

Ben says: “I am very much at the front of the stage. I am a little bit of a show off and it gives me the chance to show off a bit more.”

n Royal Blood play The Leadmill, Sheffield city centre tomorrow. Doors open at 7.30pm.