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Royal Blood cover The Police’s “Roxanne”, and it’s a scorcher — watch

on February 19, 2015, 3:15pm

UK’s Royal Blood are purveyors of a frills-free, unequivocally boisterous hybrid of garage and modern rock. It’s a mighty sound that in many ways is an antithesis of The Police, who presented a more nuanced amalgamation of reggae, new wave, and jazz. Yet for whatever reason, the Brighton-based duo chose to pay tribute to their fellow countrymen by covering Sting and co.’s 1978 smash single “Roxanne”.

Recorded during a recent Live Lounge session for BBC Radio 1, the resulting rendition eschews the lusty island vibes for pulverizing drums, snarling riffs, and all-out metal intensity. Catch the replay below.

Below, revisit our recent interview with Royal Blood.