Whats the craic? Here's a little story to make me sound like a massive hipster. When the Belgrave first opened about a year ago they had loads of bands on that I went to see, one of which was Royal Blood, whom i had never heard of at that point. They came on and did their set and i gotta say, i thought they were fantastic, if not compeltely original. But they we're just a kind of locally band, no better really than any of the others that where on that night. When I got in i thought id check em out online and buy their album or EP or whatever, expecting to find a Bandcamp page like so many other small bands these days. I searched for their music online and found nothing, not one song. Strange, i thought. After "liking" their page on FB I saw them get this gig and that gig, nothing out of the ordinary for a new band. Then they released their first single which was great. Within the next few weeks theyre all over Radio 1, in all the main music mags, papers, allsorts. Then they announce their supporting Arctic Monkeys at a stadium gig. All on the back of one single. Bands who have been plugging away for years, releasing loads of material dont go as far as these guys had done in 6 months. Cut to a couple of months and one more single down the line and their on at Leeds/Reading playing to a full to capacity tent with heavy coverage by the BBC. One of their songs is even being used as the music for the cutaways. All with no album release. Now I see on the news that their debut album is poised to enter at number one in the charts. As far as i know these guys have been together no more than a couple of years. So whats my point? I dunno really, im not bashing em. Its just, how have they got so far so quickly, am i missing something? I still like em and stuff but their, frankly, meteoric rise to the top has set some alarm bells off in my head. What does anyone else think?