Brighton two-piece discuss influences, their debut and lazy comparisons
Alexandra Pollard

14:10 8th August 2014

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Royal Blood have revealed that their sound was heavily influenced by early Muse material.

The two-piece Brighton band have been making waves recently ahead of the release of their self-titled debut album later this month.

In an interview with Drowned In Sound, the band discussed how a period of experimentation led to their current sound.

"I got really into distortion first," said the band's vocalist and guitarist Mike Kerr. "There's a band called Haunts that had this great distortion sound, and I started listening to early Muse albums, which had the big bass sounds - then I started splitting my signal a lot and just adding amplifiers."

Watch the video for Royal Blood's 'Little Monster' below

He added: "It became a bit of a… not an obsession, but just fun. When we started I had what I do now on a more basic level but, after ‘Come On Over’, I was convinced we would get away with doing it this way.

"Every day I’m figuring out new ways of expanding it, and it’s still developing. We were chasing the idea of being in a band with a small number that sounds like there are more; there’s only two of us and we are trying to sound like there are four.”

The band also discussed the many comparisons they've experienced since they became successful: “Being a new band, you spend half your time just defending yourself against comparisons, and it seems you get to a point where you’re at the other end of that. I just feel sorry for the next band that’s going to get the question about Royal Blood and go: ‘Obviously, we sound a little bit like them but, you know…’ and it’s just going to go on and on and on."

Royal Blood's debut album, Royal Blood, is due for release on 25 August.

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