Royal Blood have dropped their first single in two years, “Trouble’s Coming.”
The British two-piece’s latest is a strutting slice of funk-inflected electronic rock influenced by the best of French dance music: Daft Punk, Justice and the late Philippe Zdar. The single is Royal Blood’s first new studio recording following their 2017 sophomore LP How Did We Get So Dark?.
“Trouble’s Coming” was also a turning point for the duo in the recording of their third album. “It was the moment something started to click—where we started playing over those much more rigid dance beats,” vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr said in a statement. “The breakthrough was realizing that there was real common ground between that and what we’d done before. It’s that AC/DC aspect: where the quality that makes the riffs seem so cutting is because of that beat.”
“Although on the surface we were stepping outside what we’d done before, it didn’t feel at all unnatural; it felt like we were returning to music we’d loved from the very beginning: Daft Punk, Justice, things that were really groove-orientated. It was all about the beat. It felt like familiar territory, but something we’d censored in ourselves.”
Last year Royal Blood teased fans by debuting the songs “Boilermaker” and “King” during their short festival run across Europe and the United Kingdom. At this stage it is unknown whether these songs will appear on their third album, which is due out next year.
While you wait for more details on the record, listen to “Trouble’s Coming” below: