Let's just get this outta the way, straight up: yes, BEN THATCHER has been known to stage dive, surf the crowd, bond with the sweaty people fortunate enough to be up front on the floor, return to his kit, and pound out an epic denouement to an extended jam--all without missing a beat.
Comprising 1/2 of of the dynamic duo, Royal Blood, Thatcher has been generating massive buzz since arriving on the scene in 2013. In just a few short years, he and singer/bassist, Mike Kerr, have become easily the most critically acclaimed new band out of Britain and have collected high praise from the BRIT Awards and Kerrang ! Media icon Howard Stern is an avid supporter, along with rock legend, Jimmy Page, who calls the Royal Blood experience, "absolutely riveting." Page went on to proclaim that the two-piece is "taking rock into a new realm." Now, that's an endorsement!
It's difficult to fathom the energy and eclectic arrangements of sounds Royal Blood generate during a live show. Minimal stage setup. Band of 2. Maximum output, more indicative of a 5-piece in full flight. Thatcher's thunderous assault on the skins perfectly compliments Kerr's other-worldly wall of sounds--accomplished with triggers, effects, and alternate tunings, set into motion by playing his 4-string bass. You can't truly appreciate and begin to understand what Royal Blood are unless you've experienced them live.
Whether performing a full set in intimate theaters and or building their presence at the largest festivals (Glastenbury, Reading, Leeds, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Governors Ball), Royal Blood continue to gain momentum and collect accolades. Thatcher will accomplish another milestone this summer, as Royal Blood opens for Foo Fighters on their stadium tour of the US and UK. In addition to Foos-founder, Dave Grohl, Thatcher counts Chad Smith (RHCP) as one of his biggest drumming influences, aside from his brother-in-law, who introduced him to some great rock drummers at an influential age.