October 27, 2014

Royal Blood at Lee's Palace

Royal Blood at Lee's Palace in Toronto October 14, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Royal Blood at Lee's Palace in Toronto October 14, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography picturesRoyal Blood at Lee's Palace in Toronto October 14, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Royal Blood appeared before a sold out crowd at Toronto's Lee's Palace on October 14. I was lucky enough to be there, camera in tow. This band is going to be huge and everyone in attendance at this show is going to have bragging rights on seeing this Mercury Prize nominated band "back when".
Royal Blood at Lee's Palace in Toronto October 14, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Royal Blood at Lee's Palace in Toronto October 14, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
And they proved why they are getting so huge so fast. The two of them make a massive noise. The secret sauce to their sound lies in the basses and the effects. Different basses were used for different songs and at least some were strung differently to hit the notes that the songs required. The pedal board is the other secret - so much so that photographers were banned from taking pictures of it. Suffice it to say that there's a lot of octave/pitch shifting/layering going on. And there's that pile of amps in back.
Royal Blood at Lee's Palace in Toronto October 14, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Royal Blood at Lee's Palace in Toronto October 14, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Of course, bass sounds alone do not make a band. The relentless pounding of Ben Thatcher's drums and, of course, the songs and singer Mike Kerr's vocals, make this band something special. Given that they only have the one album, the set was relatively short, but everyone left satisfied. They even included the live début of "Careless". Here are some tunes from their setlist.

They opened with "Hole" from their début EP.

"Come on Over"

"Figure It Out"

"Little Monster"

"Ten Tonne Skeleton"

Of course, they saved their huge breakout tune "Out of the Black" for the set closer.

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