Hi folks welcome to the RGM Virtual lounge, grab a brew lets have a chat.
What made you decide to start the band?
Well first of all, we all absolutely love making music and performing. I really think love of music has to be the main motivator when it comes to giving it a shot as any musician – not fame, money, or anything else! From a personal perspective, I’ve worked jobs I hate before and the thought of having to go back to that makes me wretch! So the need to rebel against a dull life definitely factored into the decision to join a band and try and make it as musicians!
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?
We formed in London in late 2018/early 2019. Liam (bass), Zach (guitar) and Adam (drums) had been in a band previously and were looking for a new singer. That’s where I (Mads, vocals) came in! I met the guys online and had a few rehearsal sessions with them where I helped develop some demos and put my spin on things vocally. After we became an official four-piece we started writing more material and gigging together. And now 2 years later we’ve got 3 singles out!
It’s been a bit of a wild last year, how have you guys managed to pass time and stay sane during lockdown?
As a band, we’ve really just been trying to set ourselves small and manageable goals over the last year to make sure we’re staying productive without driving ourselves crazy over things that are impossible right now. For example, we recorded this latest single after the first lockdown gradually and in small chunks. We also filmed and released some cover versions of our favourite songs in lockdown – this was so much fun for us and got a really good reception from our fans. It’s smaller stuff like this that are possible to host online that we’ve focused on mostly.
As individuals I think we’ve had our own coping methods – I’ve been watching an absolute load of trash TV and (like a bunch of other people) started jogging semi-regularly. I can’t say that last one lasted very long though!
How positive are you feeling now we are in 2021?
Pretty positive to be honest! I don’t think we really have a choice – we can either look ahead and prepare ourselves for all of the great opportunities we might receive, or we can get really depressed and give up. It’s difficult to stay positive permanently, but we’re quietly hopeful.
How has 2020 effected your mental health?
2020 has had its challenges for each of us, and I think we’ve all had low points where we really felt like things have just turned to shit. When everything started kicking off last year I think we all had a “Is this it? Do we just quit now?” moment. We had loads of gigs cancelled over the summer, including a festival in Switzerland, which was a particularly bitter disappointment. I don’t know if that stuff really had an affect on our collective mental health, but it definitely provoked a moment of reflection where we had to decide whether or not to continue. I’m really glad that we decided to stick at it and weather the storm, though, because otherwise we never would have got to release this latest tune!
Whats one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
The question that comes to mind doesn’t annoy me so much as I just don’t know how to answer it. We’re asked “what kind of music do you make?” and “what other bands do you sound like?” a lot and I honestly find it hard to give it an answer. We like to have a bit of a diverse sound and incorporate styles from lots of different genres within rock and other alternative music, as well as from genres like pop, trap and things. So yeah… sometimes I just want to say: “listen to it and tell me what you think!”
What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on the circuit?
I absolutely love Goth Girl by VENUS GRRRLS right now. Properly banging chorus and great vocals. Also strongly relate to the lyrics.
What support is out there for new artists in your area?
There’s a bunch of stuff. We’ve felt particularly supported by one of our local venues, The Horn in St Alban’s, who always have us back for loads of gigs. We can’t wait to get back there once all this has blown over. Otherwise, small and local radio stations have been of huge support to us – playing our tracks, shouting us out and generally being legends. They can be really valuable for growing an audience as an upcoming band.
Who is inspiring you at the minute?
We all find inspiration from different places. We really liked the production on Phoebe Bridgers’ Punisher and I think that came as a big inspiration when we were recording our own single. At the moment I am listening to a lot of trip-hop music – Massive Attack, Portishead and stuff of that ilk. I really like the dark and often psychedelic vibe you get in music like this and I’d quite like to experiment with it a little when it comes to writing new music in the future.
What useless talent do you have/ party trick?
I know all the world flags and capital cities. I got really into Sporcle geography quizzes a while ago and it just kind of happened. Almost never useful unless a pub quiz is happening, which at the moment certainly aren’t! Maybe I should just start engineering conversations so that people start quizzing me on my geographical knowledge…
In other news, though, apparently Adam can balance a ladder on his chin. I’ve never seen this happen but I have 100% confidence in his abilities.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
We absolutely loved playing at the Old Blue Last in Shoreditch last year. We had a particularly good audience who were just so up for it, and it was one of the first times I noticed people singing along to one of our singles. A truly great night.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I don’t know if we’ve ever had a terrible experience. One time I accidentally socked a gig-goer in the face with a hairband which I had decided to throw off mid-set. It was a really shit throw and just went straight in their face. A bit tragic, really.
Best drink to have on stage?
This makes me sound like a square, but if you’re a singer then water is your best friend. Anything even mildly carbonated and I will be burping into the microphone all night. Not great during those big choruses! The guys are lucky that they can drink whatever the hell they like knowing it won’t screw with their playing on stage!
Tell us a funny story from backstage?
Not technically backstage, but we had such a good time after playing at Wilkestock in 2019. We were playing on the Sunday and most of the festival goers were completely hungover and basically lounging around in the seating area. But we’d just got there so we were ready for a good time – at one point we were basically alone in front of the main stage for a while thrashing around and headbanging to the acts while everyone behind us was sitting down like… what are you doing?!
What’s your biggest achievement as a band/Artist?
To be honest with you, I feel a real sense of achievement when we see people at gigs having a good time to our music. That’s what it’s all about really – providing good vibes! It was nice to get invited to that festival in Switzerland, too, even if it didn’t happen…
What makes you stand out as a band/Artist?
I think that we’ve got a pretty unique sound. We like to blend classic rock features (so heavy guitar, bass, drums) with a bunch of electronic effects and synths, which often stands out against the wave of very guitar-centric indie rock that we’re seeing among upcoming artists at the moment. I also think that the contrast between the instruments and vocal style is a strong point – I like to do a mixture of more belted singing and higher, lighter sounds which stand out against the hardness of the instruments. I think this cements our trademark sound.
Right now, what’s pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus 🙂
So many things! I’m regularly pissed off. Maybe this is pandemic related, but the sight of Matt Hancock raises my blood pressure an inordinate amount. I also absolutely hate Zoom. Why doesn’t it work when I need it to????
Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?
The memory that stands out the most to me is going to see The Amazons and Another Sky at Hopscotch a couple years ago. We ate so many free chicken wings and just had an absolute riot moshing to ‘The Cracks’ and ‘Black Magic’. Of course I subsequently embarrassed myself briefly speaking to Matt Thomson (frontman of The Amazons) after the show.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
I absolutely love playing a song we have called Dematerialise. It’s got a properly epic chorus and usually gets a great response from the crowd. Hopefully we’ll get to release that at some point in the future. I love Bang Bang too, though, it can be a real belter live.
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
Yes! Our new track, Bang Bang, was released a couple of weeks ago and we absolutely love it. It’s a song about reclaiming power at the end of a relationship – essentially saying to someone if they’re not going to treat you the way you deserve then it’s game over. We think it’s our best work yet in terms of production and pure catchiness, so we want to get it out there as much as possible!
How was the recording process given the various restrictions the UK has been under of late?
It was different from usual but we did what we could! We recorded it in a shed in Liam’s parents’ back garden after the first lockdown last summer. We took it in turns to meet up and record our parts individually – this was a little bit of a challenge for Adam because we didn’t have enough mics to record on a full drum kit! There were some positives though – the length of time it took to record everything allowed us to be more detail-orientated and I think as a result the production really benefited.
What are your plans for the year ahead
We’re going to push this single as much as we can and really try to get it out there. I think we’ll keep filming some covers to put online alongside that and up our social media game. Then, we’re hopefully planning a little EP release sometime soon which is quite exciting, so keep your eyes peeled! Otherwise, we’ll be writing new tunes before hopefully getting together for some in-person rehearsals and gigs finally. Fingers crossed!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Go and stream Bang Bang everybody! You can find it on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music – everywhere!