Royal Blood are a British rock duo band formed in Brighton in 2013. The band's sound is reminiscent of and rooted in modern garage rock and blues rock.
The band, composed of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, was formed in Worthing in 2013, and played their first gig a mere two days after Kerr's return to England from his "working holiday" in Australia. During the summer of 2013, Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders was seen wearing a shirt supporting the band (before the release of their first single) during their Glastonbury Festival concert in July. On 11 November 2013, the duo released their debut single, "Out of the Black", which came with a B-side called "Come On Over".
In November 2013, it was announced that Royal Blood would be supporting Arctic Monkeys for two Finsbury Park shows in May 2014. In December 2013 Royal Blood were nominated for the BBC Sound of 2014.