Royal Blood come roaring back with a new single and video “Hold On,” from their third and current album TYPHOONS. The video was directed by Colin Hanks, the son of Tom Hanks and best known for his roles in Dexter and Fargo. The video is his latest foray into music, having previously directed the documentaries “Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends)” and “All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records.”
Hanks stars as Roy Boulders, a motivational speaker who uses the song’s uplifting lyrics as the words for his latest sermon. While the majority of the small audience is captivated, two doubters stand unimpressed at the back of the room: Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys’ drummer Matt Helders. It’s a visual which offers a clever but subtle subversion on the song’s original meaning.
Royal Blood frontman Mike Kerr reflected on the song in a track-by-track with NME: “I think it was the first time I had written a song for someone else, who was going through a really difficult time. Like most of our songs, it started with the main riff, and I think it was the first time I’ve stumbled across a riff that felt positive and really euphoric. I don’t think we have anything else like that. The message is about being there for someone and letting them know that they’re not alone.”
In the U.K., Royal Blood have made their triumphant return to live shows and festival headliners this past summer. They plan to embark upon their biggest European tour to date in March 2022 before they return home to the U.K. for a run of arena dates, including the largest show of their career at The O2 Arenain London. Click here for further information. Royal Blood are anxious to return to the US in 2022 which they hope to announce soon.