Making Royal Blood look just a little like Abba ...
The loud beauty of alarming simplicity. A bloke bashing drums, another dude wielding his guitar like a blunt weapon and howling into a mic.
And somehow '68 sound bigger and brasher than the computerised bluster of every six-piece metal band. The fiery passion post punk ferocity on the rampage, the scratchy disharmonic pop of Nirvana’s Bleach or Black Keys on crack.
Josh Scogin (Norma Jean / The Chariot) and Michael McLellan have taken Jon Spencer’s Blues Explosion and fused it with Nation Of Ulysses.
“I wanted it to be as loud and obnoxious as it can be,” Scogin explains. “I want it to be in-your-face. I want people who hear us live to just be like, ‘There's no way this is just two dudes!’ That became sort of the subplot to our entire existence. ‘How much noise can two guys make?’"
Josh continues. "It’s obviously very minimalistic, but in other ways, it’s very big. I have as many amps onstage as a five piece band. Michael only has one cymbal and one tom on his kit, but he plays it like it’s some kind of big ‘80s metal drum setup. It’s minimalistic, but it’s also overkill. We get as much as we can from as little as we can.”