Perhaps they got Jimmy Page to cast some arcane spell of heavy thunder on their instruments when he popped into their dressing room in New York, or maybe the road has hardened their sound to solid granite, but Royal Blood are starting to sound as mighty as a meteorite. New track ‘Hook, Line And Sinker’, which got its UK premiere at Reading Festival last weekend, opens with a riff rampage worthy of Zep themselves and a story to match – seems Mike Kerr has come across one of those cruel, stone-hearted seductresses with “a devil on one shoulder” who only ever seem to inhabit sultry blues rock songs and The Only Way Is Marbs. Naturally, he’s become “caught in the middle” and “a slave to your addiction”, heading down a rocky road that only ends in one place – strapped to a table in a Russian gangster’s secret basement operating theatre waving bye-bye to your kidneys while your new ‘girlfriend’ pockets her £250 fee. And heaven knows we’ve all been there.
The rest of the tune returns to the wild-ass White Stripes thumpery that’s made Royal Blood’s name over the past two years, but there’s some serious meat on these bass guitar bones. ‘Hook, Line And Sinker’, you’ve got us.