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Royal Blood Announce Release Date for ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ LP

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Royal Blood have announced the impending release of their second album. How Did We Get So Dark?, the follow-up to 2014’s self-titled debut will arrive on June 16.

Full details have yet to emerge, but they made the announcement by uploading the above 47-second time-lapse video showing the creation of a wall mural, which may or may not be the album artwork, as a guitar riff plays. Afterwards, Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher — the two members of the band — walk towards the camera in slow motion.

Back in January, the duo confirmed plans to put out something this year, uploading a teaser video in which Kerr tattooed a diamond and “2017” on someone’s arm. At the time, they said that they wrote the songs by holing up in a Burbank, Calif., warehouse, where they’d “party all night and write all day.” Taking the philosophy of “Anything you’re not proud of, bin it,” they emerged with 50 songs. The result, they said, is an album that is “way sexier, more confident sounding” than the debut. They premiered “Hook, Line & Sinker” at last year’s Reading Festival, but it’s unknown if that song made the final cut.

The group have yet to announce a full North American tour in support of How Did We Get So Dark?, but they are booked to play several high profile festivals in the U.S., including Governor’s Ball, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands. In between those shows, they’ll spend nearly a month playing in Europe. For full information, visit their website.

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