Finding a thread between these two life-altering bands was a thrill, and when I sprung it on Ben, his response was both hilarious and sweet. Jordan Cook replied with the ultimate surprise, sending photos of him and Thatcher embracing with passion. “It has its ups and it has its downs, but the disadvantages are actually our advantages as well,” says Thatcher. “We both have room for each other, we don’t have to complement anyone else, and with that freedom we can go into spontaneous riffs live and just work off each other instead of trying to work off four other people or whatever. I mean, they’ll never tell us that they don’t like something. “And I like it all panned correctly, so it’s just how I’d hear it if I was in the crowd. I mean, I really couldn’t! Somewhat augmented with Mike’s array of effects on his bass and Ben’s small collection of triggers/samplers — though basically arising from the explosive dynamic the pair generate when up close to each other — the duo’s sound can take the casual listener quite aback. For toms, he used Audix D2s, and overhead he positioned a pair of Neumann KM84s in the “Glyn Johns formation” (one microphone pointed down toward the snare, the other pointed down toward Thatcher’s right shoulder). “Oh I’ve got it down to a tee. And in a world of things being quite serious, we want to be a band that kind of takes everything else away when you listen or when we’re coming to you live. Ben Thatcher; Ben Thatcher’S GO-TO’S Check out our other artists. “From the beginning, it’s just been two of us, bass and drums, so it was almost like I had to fill a lot of the space with my drum parts, which was quite fun. Royal Blood were formed in Brighton last year by Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher. “It was never our intention to be just a two-piece,” Kerr says. “Pre-show consists of a couple of drinks and just wandering around aimlessly, really. I think that was taken at a festival – maybe in New Orleans? And by the end, we end with ‘Out of the Black,’ which could go on for hours if we wanted it to, and it sounds like all hell is breaking loose. He was over just before, while he was on tour. “Thanks to all the fans for sticking with us! “The snare is in the middle of the stereo image.” Two more KM84s were utilized, one as a hi-hat spot and the other close-miking the ride. Comprising drummer Ben Thatcher and bassist/vocalist Mike Kerr, the two-piece formed at the beginning of 2013 when Kerr returned from a trip to Australia and Thatcher picked him up from the airport. “Then I have my in-ears for everything else. It sounded like he was smiling. Following their Mercury Prize-nominated/Brit Award-winning debut, 2014's Royal Blood, they returned with 2017's How Did We Get So Dark?. Instead, singer/bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher upped their game with a … Royal Blood will perform on the CBS-TV’s The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday, November 19. It was us doing demos and having a load of fun with that starting out. For my sixth birthday, my parents bought me my first full-sized drumset. “Bonham had the feel of both a rock and a jazz drummer,” he says. Of course, this decision required some compromise. The band's sound is reminiscent of and rooted in modern blues rock, hard rock, garage rock and psychedelic rock. He began drumming during his childhood years and, at the age of twenty-five, co-founded Royal Blood with singer and bassist Mike Kerr. That’d be great.” He went on to describe the toughest technical aspects of the new music. I started drumming at a very early age. There could be people that don’t like it, which is fine. And then also, alongside that, we’ve got some triggers that are filling out some of those sounds so that we can play it live, instead of having other people or using computers, or anything like that. Daniel Flint . Ben Thatcher. ... (aka Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher). It took just one or two takes for me to get the parts down — which doesn’t mean we worked fast, exactly. All these new ones are quite technical and I feel a little bit like I need another arm; imagine that. For accuracy in his stage mix (and to extend the life of his hearing into a ripe old age), he wears in-ear monitors and uses an electronic low-frequency thumper in his drum throne, which aids his overall balance and timekeeping by direct-injecting sub-bass tones. I also remember feeling that night like I’d found my true instrument.”, A while after that, Kerr left to spend some time in Australia. Eschewing ambient miking for the most part, the team favored a wide selection of mikes jammed up close and personal on the drums. “On this new record,” says Thatcher, “the drum sound is a lot more live and authentic. “But then, Royal Blood was the first band we decided to do for fun, really. Like in ‘Trouble’s Coming,’ when you hear all those string parts, that’s all part of the drum kit. We both share everything part to part, so he would even come up with a lot of the drum parts. “Oh yeah, every show has something different that pops up,” says Thatcher. “It’s kind of that French dance music; how they’re hitting sort of heavy – it sounds so heavy, yet it’s also so simple. It’s still ours, though. You want to see the response.”. “I’m trying to play these songs live now. With the drumming side of things, it’s actually more difficult to play those kinds of beats, because normally, you’d hear those beats with dance music, where it’s quite electronic and probably done by a computer. The duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher recently released a new single, “Trouble’s Coming”, as the first preview to their third album. There has already been plenty of fuss and hype over them from the like of Zane Lowe and with them being on the shortlist for the BBC’s sound of 2013 poll and also with the confirmation they’ll be supporting Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park later this year. The song “She’s Creeping” features finger-snap samples triggered from the snare, and the kick is dispatching a big Roland TR-808 bass drum sample. Hopefully, in the shows, you don’t see me thinking about anything, ‘cause it’s just muscle memory, doing it all. It was like a shining-light moment when we realized that, okay, this could work.”. “I’ll play a little bit in sound check, but I want to have enough energy to hit the drums hard and really put on a good performance for the shows. He’s an absolute god on the guitar and a wicked person. He was over just before, while he was on tour. Whereas I’m doing these things live. How often can you ask drummer Ben Thatcher anything? For one thing, with a duo there’s a lot less personal and musical politics involved. So it’s a lot of playing with triggering these sounds,” he explained. “That made for more of a hip-hop sound from an acoustic kit,” Dalgety notes. Capping things off were a pair of Coles 4038 ribbon mikes for the room, placed “not too close, but not too far,” Dalgety says. And I would come up with some of the vocal melodies. But he’s a talented, talented boy.” The ensuing confirmation that he hopes to jam with him someday soon wasn’t even the wildest part of my conversation with Ben. I wanted to go play some drums with him, but unfortunately, it didn’t work out that time. But of course, I said yeah. For just a couple of fellas slinging bass and wacking tubs, the Royal Blood sound is freakishly expansive. Things like that are really good dynamically for us.”, Unsurprisingly, as many of their live sets are built on what technically could be called spontaneous composition, Royal Blood conceives much of their new material onstage. “It’s been a great experience, and a privilege,” says Thatcher, “and something I don’t take for granted. But also, we’ve got to do other things, and we’ve got to make other songs that other people will enjoy. Royal Blood are the result of a lineage that stretches from present day heroes Queens of the Stone Age to the influential Led Zeppelin, and … So we said, ‘You know what? It changes most nights. We set it up in the small cupboard under the stairs, and that’s where I would hang out. Kerr’s solution has been to augment his bass with an array of digital effects to fill out the harmonic field, while Thatcher fattens the band’s sound by triggering samples from behind his rig. Thatcher’s super-badass, heavy-duty thwack derives from inspired encounters with a wide array of drummers modern and fabled. And I think the way that Mike riffs over those straight beats makes it sound big and powerful. We hope for another ten years and we’ll see how we get on.”, WHISKEY WEDNESDAYS: INTERVIEW WITH ARLO MCKINLEY, NEW MUSIC: ‘CAN’T PREDICT THE WEATHER’ BY GOOD BISON, WIN TICKETS TO THE BLUE STONES AT ROUGH TRADE ON 2-19-20, WIN TICKETS TO REIGNWOLF IN BROOKLYN ON NEW YEAR’S EVE, PANCAKES & WHISKEY PRESENTS: WALKING PAPERS AT MERCURY LOUNGE ON NOV 26, WHISKEY WEDNESDAYS: INTERVIEW WITH STEELE FC. All my nervous-excited energy kept me digging for more ideas. We had been in so many other bands, trying to make it, and then we kind of gave up on doing that and decided to just do what we wanted to do, and that was when it all kind of happened for us.”. We don’t actually need anything else right now. It was rock, you know? We just finished this record, and because we haven’t played a show in over a year now, it’s kind of sharpening my thoughts in learning these old songs again as well as the new ones. Their pairing was the first time either of them had tried a duo format, and they hit a bloody goldmine. Straight out of Brighton, which is about 50 minutes south of London, Thatcher and Kerr first met and started playing together in school bands and wedding combos. “Michael often tells me to do the silliest thing I can do, and things like that often get put into the songs. “Michael often tells me to do the silliest thing I can do, and things like that often get put into the songs. Powered by WordPress. There’ll be like little licks that we do to throw each other off, then we just play around with each other a bit. “, . Royal Blood is Mike and I together, making music. His top snare mike was an Audix i5 and underneath he ran a Beyerdynamic M 201 TG. Not adding too much to the song’s base. So when it gets to the studio, there’s bits we need to think about: How we going to do that live? For more on Thatcher, check out the Groove Analysis for “How Did We Get So Dark” and “Lights Out”: Groove Analysis: Royal Blood’s Ben Thatcher, Video: ATV Corporation Shows New aDrums At Summer NAMM 2017, #WCW Tammy Mitchell-Woods Overcomes Near-Fatal Illness with the Healing Power of Drums, Lotus Drummer Mike Greenfield Describes Creative Process, Afrobeat Influence on New Song ‘Snake Island’, Remembering Freddie Gruber: An Audio History With Bruce Becker, 4 Things You Didn’t Know About Hal Blaine, Alesis Drum’s Not-So-Secret Weapon: 9 Questions With Tim Root, 7 Albums Every Drummer Should Own (According to Travis Barker), 10 Essential Tips Every Drummer Should Know, Brain Says: You Should Learn These 6 Drum Fills. Drums was always the thing I played and the only thing I really wanted to do. I think it’s really important to have that philosophy behind our music, you know? It was a big, big, thumping, out-there sound.” Eventually people like Jon Theodore, Chad Smith, and Taylor Hawkins made huge impacts on Thatcher, along with Darren King of Mutemath, whom he calls “an absolutely phenomenal drummer.” Yet towering above these giants was John Bonham, Thatcher’s favorite drummer of all time. And then I had to know: has he ever gotten so drunk that he struggled on any songs? On a given day, Mike Kerr (vocals/bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums) might be hanging with superfan Jimmy Page. And I would come up with some of the vocal melodies. It was really more of a mission of what makes us feel good, and what things haven’t we done – so that we could try to work out how to do them. And as long as it’s that, it’s gonna sound like Royal Blood.”, My favorite old Royal Blood story prompted the next topic. That’s one of the best situations because we’re still really excited about showing our mates what we’ve come up with and getting, opinions, instead of… I mean, of course, it’s great to get it out into the world and for all the fans to hear it. For their live sets, however, the pair has had to figure out how to re-create that colossal studio sound in real time. I love drumming and I’ve been a drummer the whole of my life, so I’m quite comfortable behind a drum kit. Ben Gordon . You’ve eaten all your vegetables, you know? It’s good to explore. But our whole thing is playing live — that’s what we want to do primarily, and we want to project all our sounds playing live. I’m more of a tequila man, but I like a few Japanese whiskies. Hopefully, in the shows, you don’t see me thinking about anything, ‘cause it’s just muscle memory, doing it all. And then with the success and the rise of the band, after that, it was like, ‘Okay. But the band wants to be able to progress and do something fresh and different,” said Thatcher. In a sincere tone, he added, “He’s a lovely, lovely man and we had to embrace as soon as we met. Royal Blood. It changes most nights. I just got a new one recently. “It’s quite a neutral mix, very balanced, with the drums a little bit higher in the mix,” he says. How often can you ask drummer Ben Thatcher anything? We could do better without the outside stresses of having other members. And if you hear the ‘yeah’s in ‘, ,’ that’s all done by one of my feet. There wasn’t any need to rethink what he was doing.”. It’s like my friend,” he laughed. You’ve eaten all your dinner. At the start of 2013, Royal Blood’s bassist Mike Kerr returned from nine months of travelling, and reunited with his old drummer mate Ben Thatcher in the car home from the airport, the pair could have no idea what awaited them. Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood performs on Lands End stage during the 2017 Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on August 12, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Now, this new record, we were like, ‘You know, anything really goes with this. That fully zoomed-out sound is easily achieved in the studio with post-production effects and mixing. Magazine’s September 2017 Issue | By John Payne | Photography By Neil Zlozower/Atlas Icons. James Corden connects with Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood and asks them about the band they were in together before they went on to success in their second project. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images I probably stretch a little bit. The pair are from West Sussex: Kerr grew up in Worthing, while Thatcher is from Rustington. Finding a thread between these two life-altering bands was a thrill, and when I sprung it on Ben, his response was both hilarious and sweet. It’s amazing.” Tequila messes me up, so I was impressed by his drumming abilities under its influence. It’s almost strangely fully fleshy-bodied. On an impulse, I consulted Reignwolf. But at the moment, when we’re showing it off to friends and know that we all love it, it’s a really good feeling. Family Life. “He could do the technical stuff, but then he’d come up with these, like, triplet fills that just filled the whole room — it was so big. But I don’t really have a routine. He’s an absolute god on the guitar and a wicked person. “I’ve really had to learn to play drums in a different way again — which has been a lot of fun.” Meanwhile, his playing continues to evolve. ROYAL BLOOD’S BEN THATCHER ON NEW LP & MORE: ‘IT’S IMPORTANT TO BREAK YOUR OWN RULES’, My list of Royal Blood questions was definitely not lacking, given how often I devour their music – but I. wanted to get this right. What are we going to do, then? The bulk of How Did We Get So Dark? It was kind of like Harry Potter, but instead of a magic wand I had drumsticks and Pogs. “Favorite whiskey? Up & Coming Ben Thatcher Royal Blood’s percussive half avoids excess at all costs—and the payoff has been handsome indeed. Royal Blood are an English rock duo formed in Brighton in 2013. We both share everything part to part, so he would even come up with a lot of the drum parts. It was really more of a mission of what makes us feel good, and what things haven’t we done – so that we could try to work out how to do them. Created by ThemesIndep. Like normally, we put the ones that I have to really concentrate on at the beginning of the set. Some guys take room miking to the extreme, but I try to go for a more accurate depiction of what I’m hearing. It sometimes seems like badasses like Ben already have things all figured out – but everyone’s practicing something, so I asked what he’s currently trying to improve upon as a drummer. I think the second record was quite a pressure. But other things, like trying to write music, wasn’t as simple. “He does all the lyrics. Right now, everybody wants a piece of Royal Blood. I’ve been listening to some rock bands, yeah, but I’m into hip-hop and R&B, and I’m into old Nancy Sinatra, Jeff Buckley, a lot of different stuff. And then I had to know: has he ever gotten so drunk that he struggled on any songs? Run The Jewels have teamed up with Royal Blood for a collaborative new version of ‘The Ground Below’ - you can listen to it here. On an impulse, I consulted Reignwolf. The band consists of Mike Kerr (vocals, bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums). I think you’re going to get people who prefer the, , and that’s for that time. I love drumming and I’ve been a drummer the whole of my life, so I’m quite comfortable behind a drum kit. And I don’t have a warmup routine; I just do a few stretching bits before I go on. All the music is by Royal Blood; it’s not just me specifically doing the drums or Mike specifically doing the bass.” When asked about working on the new record, Thatcher revealed, “I think we just learned how to have fun again. “Ben was always annoyingly good,” Dalgety says with a laugh. It’s just this vibe of getting hyped up, listening to some music, and yeah.”, At the mention of a couple drinks – and the spicy tequila-playing he noted right before that – P&W had to inquire about his preferences. British power-rock duo Royal Blood has earned success on both sides of the Atlantic with its blues-drenched thunder grooves, with a bass-and-drums attack so mercilessly heavy that rock god […] But also, we’ve got to do other things, and we’ve got to make other songs that other people will enjoy. “It was the first time we ever did that,” says Thatcher. It sounded like he was smiling. For just two guys, Royal Blood is certainly making a lot of noise. Inspiration can come from literally any direction. “The drumming part, I’ve got down. How do we do this again?’ So that process wasn’t as…I mean, we love writing songs. It’s been great. Because the first record wasn’t even meant to be a record. Even with the fill that’s in ‘, “We’re both totally in it together,” Thatcher said about their songwriting process. “I’m just focusing on the shows and putting all my energies into doing that,” he says. Like when I play that drum fill live in ‘Lights Out,’ people are all air-drumming to that, and all looking at each other, and all smiling. Now you’ve got to do that again. As they drove back to town they talked about starting a band. With the drumming side of things, it’s actually more difficult to play those kinds of beats, because normally, you’d hear those beats with dance music, where it’s quite electronic and probably done by a computer. Bass and drums duo Royal Blood made a huge splash with their eponymous 2014 debut album, which hit #1 in the UK charts and Top 20 in 12 countries, to date selling over a million copies and copping several awards, including a BRIT for … I can’t personally do a five-part harmony, so how do we do this? That’s fair enough. But I think it’s also important to break your own rules and explore and learn by doing that. “Thanks to all the fans for sticking with us! At the same time, it challenged them to rewire the connections that drummers and bass players traditionally make. It’s just this vibe of getting hyped up, listening to some music, and yeah.”, At the mention of a couple drinks – and the spicy tequila-playing he noted right before that – P&W had to inquire about his preferences. “There’re definitely parts where I can do whatever I want and play quite busy,” Thatcher says, “but there are also parts where I really like to play the most minimalistic thing I can think of, because sometimes that brings so much room and power to the songs.”. “He had all of his parts written out, and he just blazed. Jordan Cook replied with the ultimate surprise, sending photos of him and Thatcher embracing with passion. Don’t expect any “here’s the secrets of my sound” instructional videos from Mike Kerr. You Me At Six. I don’t even know how to pronounce this – how do you say that?” he asked his girlfriend. I’m more of a tequila man, but I like a few Japanese whiskies. After a relatively quick rise in popularity, Royal Blood could easily have gone through the motions on their second release. “Yeah, I mean, less is definitely more, which has always been part of what the band is about. • Eco-friendly Ultra HD printing ; • Withstands an unlimited number of washes ; • Extremely Comfortable and durable ; • Size chart is the last image of the listing All available sizes are selectable from the drop down But it’s all these new additions – percussive additions that I have to add. All these new ones are quite technical and I feel a little bit like I need another arm; imagine that. It’s like we’re kids and we’ve done something really good for our parents. Doing just that, Vocalist/Bassist Mike Kerr and Drummer Ben Thatcher came together to form Royal Blood some 5 years ago. It’s one of the things that appealed to me about producing Royal Blood. Royal Blood is Mike and I together, making music. Royal Blood consists of lead vocalist and bass guitarist Mike Kerr (born 19 June 1990) and drummer Ben Thatcher (born 12 February 1988). But to have a bit of pressure, knowing that people are going to hear it and judge it, in a way – and also, for us not to have the freedom to do something different – I mean, it was quite a task for us. Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher gigged together long before either thought about forming Royal Blood. Early on, Bonham came up with this massive backbeat, and it was something I could feel more than anything.”, The very essence of Bonham’s sound resides in Thatcher’s own caveman-clubbing rhythmic architecture. Read More. “‘Trouble’s Coming’ is just a scrape on the surface, for me. Now you’ve got to do that again. So it’s a lot of playing with triggering these sounds,” he explained.
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