ROYAL BLOOD'S DEBUT IS U.K.'S FASTEST-SELLING ROCK RECORD IN THREE YEARS
Royal Blood's self-titled debut album landed at Number One on the U.K. album chart this week, selling more than 65,000 copies there in its first week of release and making it the fastest-selling U.K. rock debut since ex-Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds project arrived in 2011. Royal Blood also debuted at Number One in Ireland, Number Three in Australia, and Number Six in New Zealand, with U.S. sales and chart figures coming on Wednesday (September 3rd).
Singer and bassist Mike Kerr told us that he's astounded at the success the duo have had in such a short time: "We didn't anticipate any response really when we started the band. I mean, it's crazy to think the band actually started not even two years ago, and we had no real agenda at all from the beginning. We were just having a bit of fun. So when I look back and see how far it's come, it's pretty amazing really."
Kerr told NME that he and drummer Ben Thatcher are "still scratching our heads" over the band's huge success in its home country.
The title track from the group's EP, Out Of The Black, reached Number Two on the rock chart over the summer. The latest single is "Figure It Out."
After completing their first U.S. tour earlier this summer, Royal Blood is returning to North America this fall.
The trek will mix standalone Royal Blood shows with gigs opening for Pixies and begins on September 20th in Iowa City.