Music | Royal Blood | Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre | August 16 | Photo Essay

Mike Kerr of Royal Blood (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

Ben Thatcher played through a sliced up thumb (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

The last time we saw Royal Blood was at SXSW in a tightly packed room sweating while we enjoyed copious amounts of Lone Star Beer, an intimate setting to say the least. This time they are main support for rock icons The Foo Fighters, what a difference a few months can make. The first time we heard these guys we were left in awe of the big sound that the duo (yes it's only two members) can produce. I am talking arena inducing sounds. Hailing from Brighton England the duo has only been making music for a couple years, and they have been doing it very well opening for acts like Arctic Monkeys, The Pixies and playing to the masses of the European festival circuit. 

The band serves up a hearty portion of blues rock very reminiscent of The Black Keys, differentiating themselves only with a heavier dose of riffs. They are the Vin Diesel's of Fast and The Furious, straight up high octane muscle car power. The band goes hard and doesn't let up, in fact drummer Ben Thatcher split his thumb and had to have the set halted while they mended him up. It was only a slight road bump as the duo set up the evening just as a setup pitcher would for a reliever to close out the game. If you haven't had a chance to check these guys out, don't do us a favor, do yourself a favor.