RGM Introducing – Civic Green

Hiya lads, how are you doing today?

Aye not too bad at all, cheers.

What have you been up too since we last had a chat about your last single?

We managed to back to rehearsal briefly between lockdowns and managed to churn out another couple of single worthy tunes. Other than that, pretty much fuck all. Boring this lockdown tackle innit? 

How do you think the government have looked after the the night time economy / live gig circuit?

Fucking shit. 

I suppose we’re lucky in that we’re not quite living the dream and still all have day jobs. Fuck knows how people with fulltime and self-employed jobs in the industry are supposed to cope though, really doesn’t bare thinking about. 

What have you been doing during lock down?

We’ve written a few new tunes, kept ourselves busy and ticking over. We’ve been lucky in that we’ve had one single release and got straight in to planning the next, so it’s kept us busy. In some ways it’s been nice to take a step back and be able to focus on things, but in many more ways it’s been shite, can’t wait to be playing live again.

How has it effected your mental health?

Erm, that’s a tough one, that. I think it’s had a negative impact on us all to some extent. Personally, there’s been parts where I’ve really struggled with anxiety. One good thing to come out of it though is learning the amount of support that’s available. Not just from proper places either, just mates and that. So yeah, it’s good to talk, innit?

What advise would you give other artists starting out?

Not to take criticism too much to heart from the wrong people. I think the most important thing I’ve learnt is not to take criticism from anyone who I wouldn’t ask for advice from and vice-versa. Everyone’s got their opinion on everything and there’s nowt saying it’s right or wrong, you just have to stay true to what you want to achieve and listen to the people who want to help.

To summarise, criticism is important and invaluable if it’s coming from the people who know what they’re talking about. If it’s coming from idiots, well, fuck ‘em.

I know from putting gigs on with you that you have had a few line up changes over the years, how has this been for you?

At the time it’s been a pain in the arse but looking back it’s probably been a godsend. We’ve learnt a lot, developed our sound and grown up a lot in that time. It’s probably all just fallen in to place at the right time. 

I think always believing in it was really the key though, for both me (Andy) and Dan, sacking the band off was never an option. Just got to crack on and graft for it. 

Congratulation on getting signed to TBT records, how has the transition from unsigned to signed been?

Cheers! It’s been really good. The main thing is we get on really with Rob and all wanting to go in the same direction. It’s been nice to be able to focus on the bits that we’re confident in and know TBT have got everything else under control. It’s always good to have an external set of ears to listen to things and give an objective opinion too.

Who is inspiring you at the minute?

Fucking hell, erm, there’s loads really. We’ve got a broad taste of music between us and it spans across a fair few decades. Personally, I’ve been listening to loads of Tribes stuff again but then if you ask me in 10 minutes I’ll be listening to Little Richard so we’re pulling inspiration from all over. 

What advise would you give your younger self ?

If you want to do something then go for it, fuck what anyone else thinks.

We recently reviewed your last single. How did you feel the review went?

Fucking class, RGM is well known for it’s no bullshit reviewing so getting a review like that meant a lot!

I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?

We think it’s a fucking banger. Of the two tunes we initially recorded (Always A Light and City Streets), City Streets is our favourite. Dan’s vocals are class and I won’t lie, I’m buzzing with my backing vocals in the chorus too. (even if I couldn’t speak for 3 days after)

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Keep them eyes and ears peeled, there’s plenty more to come from us in 2021.