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RGM Introducing – Kickin’ Lilies

Hiya folks take a seat, what made you decide to become a band?

We were all studying music at Sunderland College and were already doing our own projects with different bands at the time, they kinda all fell apart; James and Morgan were in a band called FRACAS and Ethan was in one called Rhythm, Wood & Shapes. We all just met up together at the pub and thought it would be a good idea to start one up together, sort of a supergroup. We all had similar styles and ideas and it just worked really well from the start. We don’t really have an end goal, just playing and writing music for the fun of it… and getting free drinks.

What is the unsigned scene in Sunderland like at the minute?

The Sunderland scene is definitely on the rise like, a lot more is going on in the city such as music festivals and more venues being built or fixed. Got to give a shout out to the music venue, Independent, it feels like a home for all the local bands to put on gigs, having a nasty time and helping build a community. There’s other venues out there like The Ivy House and The Museum Vaults which also put loads of gigs on and support unsigned artists just like us. If you ever get the chance, you should pop down to one of these venues and check out what Sunderland has to offer.  

What bands are standing out in Sunderland?

Too many to name, but the ones were all into at the moment have to be bands such as Plastic Glass, Docksuns, Thieves of Liberty, Sunkings, Dutch Elm, Post Rome, The Tonalities, PICNIC, noyou, etc. They’re all class people and have helped us out loads, think we owe all of them a pint or two. 

How do you feel like you are progressing through the industry?

We feel we are progressing well, it is very hard to judge, but we judge it by the people who are constantly showing up to our shows and showing us their support, it really goes a long way. It’s hard to progress past a certain point unless you break the mould, and we plan on doing that this year by giving the people a lot of music to listen to and a lot of shows to have a great time at. 

People are unaware of just how tough the music industry is to break through, how do you stay motivated?

I mean, we’re all best mates so talking about music and writing songs together usually happens naturally. To us, it feels more like a hobbie and just having fun than some sort of labour. We do sit down sometimes and discuss things like logos, and artwork and all that stuff, but the conversation ends up just fading away.

Is there enough support out there for new artists? 

We feel, whilst there is a lot of support, it is lacking in it too with most of the support coming from local business and friends which is amazing. But if the North East area is given more of a boost for people to put on bigger shows and recognise the potential of local bands then it will never grow, we feel there is not much exposure up here and whatever exposure is gained is through the hard work of the local bands and the people around them. 

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

Seeing that when we walked out on stage the venue was packed out and when we started playing we saw that our fans started to sing along to our songs.

What was the worst experience on stage?

As for any musician’s worst nightmare, it would be for equipment to stop working, and for us that happened a few times. Luckily, Ethan got his act together and actually bought himself his own amp, who would have thought? 

Shout out to everyone who let us borrow their gear, much love.

Tell us something about each band member that you think people would be surprised about? 

Ethan likes feet, James is a woman, Morgan never sees the light of day, Cameron is Jesus and Stoops is a DJ. 

What makes you stand out as an band?

Apart from our devilishly good looking line up, we like to think we write great songs that have been described as an experience for people to see as a whole at our shows, we think we give people 

something to walk away with whether it be a thought about an agenda or atleast a change in mood. We never want to leave a gig without the audience feeling energised and hopefully inspired in some way through our sounds and subjects. 

Right now, whats pissing you off the most? (Not the virus:)

Put simply we would like to see more opportunities in our area for people like us in the music scene. Far as other subjects are concerned we’d prefer for people to come to our gigs and derive the meaning from our songs of what they think we are talking about and take that away with them. 

Its strange times at the min with the virus almost stopping the whole live music scene in uk and abroad, how do you plan to stay productive while we get through this?

We’ve been planning and discussing things for when we’re actually allowed out. We’ve been sorting our first line of merch, saving to build our own home studio and hopefully start recording some new tunes while the virus is still kicking around. 

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

It’s like a year later or something. We thought for our first single we’d bring people in with what we think is a taste of our band that people can get on board with, it shows the essence of our sound but not the full capabilities and hopefully people stay on board with us to see what we have and can create, come to a show and we will show you our varied and full throttle sound and see what we are capable of and hopefully show you that we are capable of making you relate and fall in love with a new sound. 

Whats coming up in 2020 in your personal and music lives??

We have our debut single which will be out and all streaming services on the 6th July 2020, hopefully alongside a headline show which will most likely be at Independent later on in the year to celebrate the release. This will be very personal for us as it will let us see how much we have engaged everyone and will hold an important milestone as a personal triumph of what we have accomplished through our work. 

Thanks for joining us is there anything elastic’s you have coming up you would like to share?

If you haven’t already, make sure you like, follow, all that jazz and all of our social media so you’re up to date with our single release and dates for our shows. 

Love you all and peace

From Your Kickin’ Lilies Lads.