A bass and a drum kit and nothing more. In 2013, the heavy, syncopated riff of “Out of the Black” proved that it was absolutely possible to forgo the instrument that is king of rock. Thanks to an unusual style of playing and his carefully adjusted effects pedals, Mike Kerr’s bass is as powerful and violent as any armada of electric guitars. Drummer Ben Thatcher has been inspired by Bonham, ensuring that the group can deliver the raw sound that rock really needed. Royal Blood’s first album was praised by Led Zeppelin’s guitarist. Drawing comparisons to Queens of the Stone Age or early Muse, it was perfection. Since the beginning of the year, the duo has been testing their fans’ patience on social networks. A new album is coming soon. And with it, a load of catchy choruses and raging bass.