Royal Blood's Mike Kerr: "I wanted to have full access to my playing on this record – and part of that was laying off the booze"

Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood perform live on the Main Stage during day one of Reading Festival 2019 at Richfield Avenue on August 23, 2019 in Reading, England.
(Image credit: Simone Joyner/Getty Images)

2021 got off to a bang-up start – at least in terms of new rock music – when Royal Blood issued the title track from their third and most recent album, Typhoons, as a single.

Pulsating and high-energy with a rousing, arena-ready chorus, it was already one of the bright spots of the year for new music lovers – yet if the album hadn’t been delayed due to the pandemic, the song might never have even been written.

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Jeff Kitts

As a teenager, Jeff Kitts began his career in the mid ’80s as editor of an underground heavy metal fanzine in the bedroom of his parents’ house. From there he went on to write for countless rock and metal magazines around the world – including Circus, Hit Parader, Metal Maniacs, Rock Power and others – and in 1992 began working as an assistant editor at Guitar World. During his 27 years at Guitar World, Jeff served in multiple editorial capacities, including managing editor and executive editor before finally departing as editorial director in 2018. Jeff has authored several books and continues to write for Guitar World and other publications and teaches English full time in New Jersey. His first (and still favorite) guitar was a black Ibanez RG550.