With the release of its sophomore album looming in June, Royal Blood has announced a set of U.S. tour dates to preview the songs.
The British duo start out in Boston on June 2 and play six more shows -- in New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Detroit and Columbus, Ohio -- leading up to the June 16 drop of How Did We Get So Dark?, the follow-up to Royal Blood's 2014 debut album.
Singer-bassist Mike Kerr tells us that previous road work made a significant impact on how the group approached the new album:
"I think that when we wrote our (first) album we didn't have touring in mind at all. What you've got to remember is the first half of our record was made completely on our own and in private and just for friends, really...So having now been on this adventure it's taken us on, I think that, yeah, it seems that the more naive we were about songwriting and record-making we are, the better, really. that was really just what we thought was fun and cool to do. We didn't write it for any purpose other than to play live. We certainly didn't think we could tour it for two years."
Royal Blood has released "Lights Out," the first single from "How Did We Get So Dark?," which the duo recorded in Belgium.
Royal Blood's full tour itinerary so far includes:
June 2 – Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
June 3-4 – New York, NY - Governors Ball Festival
June 6 – Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
June 7 – Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
June 9 – Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
June 10 – Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
June 11 – Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
July 29 – Oro-Medonte, ON - WayHome Music Festival
July 31 – Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert
August 1 – Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
August 3 – Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
August 5 – Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
August 8 – Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
August 9 – Seattle, WA - The Showbox
August 10 – Portland, OR - Roseland
August 12 – San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival
August 13 – Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
August 15 – San Diego, CA - North Park Observatory
August 16 – Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
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