hmv.com reviews... Royal Blood @ London's Electric Ballroom
Royal Blood continued their stellar year with a stupendous gig at London's Camden Electric Ballroom last night (November 6th) and we were there to review it all...
Royal Blood. Brighton twosome. Saviours of rock and roll.
The Electric Ballroom, the legendary sweatbox in the heart of Camden.
Any good supports?
Party metallers Turbowolf opened things up with a solid set, the crowd didn't exactly go wild, but there was plenty of cheering by the end of their short blast.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was as sold out as it's possible to be, with Camden's pavements a sea of touts. The crowd were a little stiff to start with, but soon warmed up and was a sweaty, jumpy mess by the end of things.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
When, like Royal Blood, you just have the one 10-track album (which you can preview on the right of the page), you have to pretty much air everything you have. Which is why tonight they kick off with 'Hole', an early B-Side, before moving into 'Come On Over', 'You Can Be So Cruel' and a colossal 'Figure It Out'. They then work their way slowly through the rest of the album as well as another B-Side named 'You Want Me'. They don't talk much, they sound enormous and it all builds to a massive rendition of 'Out Of Black', which sends the crowd delirious.
Any good between song banter?
Royal Blood don't say much, and mostly dole out 'Thank You's', but there was one priceless moment when after frontman Mike Kerr was hit in the chest with a beer can, he dedicated the following track to the thrower's girlfriend...
Did they put on much of a show?
The Ballroom doesn't offer you much, but they did have some suitably spooky lights.
What was the highlight of the set?
When the chugging, intro to 'Figure It Out' starting ringning around the venue, the place went nuts.
Where can I catch them next?
They play another gig at the Ballroom tonight (November 7th) and then move on to Cambridge, Portsmouth, Oxford and Bristol in the coming days. They've got a much-bigger UK tour in March, but tickets are nearly all gone for that too...