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Royal Blood live at the Brighton Center 9/15/21 (pic Sara-Louise Bowrey Photography) (Click to enlarge the image!)

ROYAL BLOOD + THE MYSTERINES – BRIGHTON CENTER 9/15/21

Tonight is a homecoming gig for Royal blood. They were formed in Brighton and are a Brighton-based band, although, as we learn later, drummer Ben Thatcher is from Rustington and bassist / vocalist Mike Kerr is from Worthing, so they are actually guys from West Sussex.

The Mysterines live in the Brighton Center 15.9.21 (pictures Sara-Louise Bowrey Photography) (click on the pictures to enlarge!)

Support comes from The mysteriesthat I had previously seen at the Victorious Festival in Southsea and that I was mightily impressed with at the time. Singer Lia Metcalfe holds the audience in her hand and seems to be the superstar on the lookout. Their security and confidence are impressive, their material is memorable and I suspect it won’t be long before they headline back here.

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Royal Blood live at the Brighton Center 9/15/21 (pic Sara-Louise Bowrey Photography) (Click to enlarge the image!)

Royal blood enters the stage accompanied by a recording of Thin Lizzys “The boys are back” City’. This is a good choice as this is their first Brighton gig in four years! They seem to make up for lost time and start their set with two songs from their current album Typhoons‘: the theme song and ‘Boilermaker’. However, Royal Blood resist the temptation to concentrate on their current album and occasionally throw one or the other oldie into the crowd as idiots. The set is evenly balanced across all three of their albums.

Royal Blood live at the Brighton Center 9/15/21 (pic Sara-Louise Bowrey Photography) (Click to enlarge the image!)

As at the Victorious Festival, the band is complemented by two background singers and a keyboard player for the songs by ‘Typhoons’. The background singers are practically inaudible most of the time. For much of the set, however, the band plays as the core duo of Mike and Ben, which in my opinion makes the sound more pure and more representative of what the band is about.

The crowd in the Brighton Center 9/15/21 (pic Sara-Louise Bowrey Photography) (Click to enlarge the image!)

I was talking to a friend about Royal Blood recently and he said when he saw them they sounded just like their records which he found a little boring. That is certainly not the case tonight. There’s a drum solo during “Little Monster”, along with a short bass solo or two. Some of the songs are imaginatively expanded beyond their recorded counterparts. Any previously perceived dullness has really and truly been banished.

Royal Blood live at the Brighton Center 9/15/21 (pic Sara-Louise Bowrey Photography) (Click to enlarge the image!)

“Little Monster” is clouded by an incident apparently caused by a rather tall looking guy fighting with fellow viewers. People shine their cell phone torches on him, and Ben Thatcher sees it, stops the performance and calls for safety. This incident is treated admirably by both the band and the venue officials. The song was eventually restarted after the troublemaker was escorted out.

Royal Blood live at the Brighton Center 9/15/21 (pic Sara-Louise Bowrey Photography) (Click to enlarge the image!)

The material of ‘Typhoons’ sounds a lot harder live than on record. I found that particularly gratifying, as the record sounds a bit too “discofed” in some places for my taste. What is striking about Royal Blood is that they have a particular rawness live that cannot really be transferred to their recorded works.

There is a lot of communication between the band and the audience. At one point, Ben Thatcher is conducting a circular mosh pit with a drumstick, while Mike Kerr encourages young musicians who are in bands or considering starting bands. Ben puts on a Brighton & Hove Albion shirt for part of the set, which is very popular!

Royal Blood live at the Brighton Center 9/15/21 (pic Sara-Louise Bowrey Photography) (Click to enlarge the image!)

They leave the stage after a little over an hour, but it feels longer (in a good way, of course) since they managed to perform fourteen songs in that time. However, they are not long gone and return to sing a song (‘All we have is now’), which is a little rarity in the Royal Blood canon: a ballad! After that we get ‘Limbo’ of the ‘Typhoons Album and an extended version of the superlative ‘Find out’ from the first album.

With that they say goodbye. It was a great performance. It was quite refreshing as there are few egos to be seen. They’re just two normal guys who are just brilliant musicians. In its own way, it was a life-affirming event. This is the fourth time I’ve seen the band and they seem to get better and better every time. More strength for your collective elbows!

Royal Blood live at the Brighton Center 9/15/21 (pic Sara-Louise Bowrey Photography) (Click to enlarge the image!)

Royal Blood’s setlist is:
“Intro band” ‘The boys are back in town’ (Thin Lizzy)
‘Typhoons’
‘Boilermaker’
‘Come over’
‘Lights out’
‘Hook, Line & Sinker’
“I only lie when I love you”
“The trouble is coming”
‘Oblivion’
“Little Monster”‘(Extended drum solo, song interrupted and restarted due to fighting in the audience)
‘How did we get so dark?’
‘Blood hands’
‘Change’
‘Ten Ton Skeleton’
‘From the black’ (Extended outro)
(Encore)
‘All we have is now’
‘Limbo’
‘Find out’ (Extended outro)

www.royalbloodband.com

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