Royal Blood: ‘What have guitarists ever done for us?’

The duo say they wouldn't consider adding additional members to the group

Royal Blood have defended their unorthodox band set-up, going as far as saying “What have guitarists ever done for us?”

The bass-and-drums pair, who released their chart-topping self-titled debut in August 2014, declared they would never consider adding additional members to the group.

“We didn’t want anyone else in the band,” singer and bassist Mike Kerr told Mojo. “There was no one else that would really fit in. We could play these same songs we have with more members, and it would be a similar band, but you’d miss out on some of the ways we connect, our chemistry.”

The frontman added: “The way I managed to engineer the sound was a free pass for it to be just me and Ben. Being in a band isn’t easy. You can’t build it on distortion sound alone.”

Royal Blood took home the prize for Best British Group at this year’s Brit Awards. The band also won Best New Band and Best Live Band at this year’s NME Awards with Austin, Texas. The ceremony took place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton in February.

Watch the group discuss plans for their second album in the video below.