It is generally accepted that the chorus is the part of a song that is meant to get stuck in people’s heads. It’s the section that is really supposed to sell a song and sustain the listener’s interest—usually with a strong dynamic flow in the verse that transports the listener to an emotional lift in the chorus.
The normal means of achieving this is by making sure the chorus has a memorable melodic hook that stands out from the verse and a lyric (with a repetitive title line) that hammers home the message of the song.
But can a conventional chorus be replaced by a riff?
Yes it can, according to Royal Blood, the hotly-tipped two-piece from Brighton, England who are set on “rewriting the rules of rock” by playing an unusual combination of bass and drums.
Royal Blood’s singer and bassist Mike Kerr recently told the BBC’s Mark Savage: “The philosophy behind this band was ‘can a riff be a chorus?’ Can you make verses, choruses and bridges – classic, standard songwriting – out of riffs, without it being disgusting?”
The answer, according to Savage, is a resounding “Yes”—with Royal Blood already being hailed as the “saviours of rock and roll” by several music magazines.
Read the full story by the BBC’s Mark Savage HERE…
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