Royal Blood perform live in The Current studio

Mike Kerr of Royal Blood
Royal Blood's Mike Kerr adjusts the mix to his headphone monitor. (MPR Photo / Bridget Bennett)
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  • Royal Blood - Figure It Out (Live on 89.3 The Current) 03:05
  • Royal Blood - Ten Tonne Skeleton (Live on 89.3 The Current) 03:08
  • Royal Blood - Out of the Black (Live on 89.3 The Current) 04:02
Royal Blood
Royal Blood: Ben Thatcher on drums, Mike Kerr on bass guitar and lead vocals. (MPR Photo / Bridget Bennett)

Royal Blood — Mike Kerr, vocals and bass; Ben Thatcher, drums — sound massive for being a two-piece. It's been less than two years since Royal Blood's conception, and the Brighton duo have already made massive waves in their homeland and across the pond.

Royal Blood
Ben Thatcher and Mike Kerr -- together known as Royal Blood -- set up for their session. (MPR Photo / Bridget Bennett)

Following the release of Royal Blood's critically-acclaimed self-titled debut, Kerr and Thatcher have recently been nominated for the prestigious U.K. Mercury Prize along with other English artists FKA twigs, Jungle, Damon Albarn and Bombay Bicycle Club.

Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood
Drummer Ben Thatcher (MPR Photo / Bridget Bennett)

With their success, Royal Blood have already had a few "pinch me, I can't believe that happened" moments. They've landing a gig(s) of a lifetime: opening for Pixies on their North American tour. Being on Jimmy Page's radar is exciting, too. The rock legend attended their gig at Brooklyn's Glasslands earlier this year and offered some encouraging words to Kerr and Thatcher following the show.

Mike Kerr of Royal Blood
Mike Kerr of Royal Blood (MPR Photo / Bridget Bennett)

Thus far, Mike Kerr has gathered this much from his experience as a professional musician: "If you expect anything from music, then you're expecting too much."

Songs Performed

"Figure It Out"
"Ten Tonne Skeleton"
"Out of the Black"

All songs off Royal Blood's self-titled debut, out now on Warner Bros. Records..

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