RGM Introducing – Serotones

What made you start a band?

We decided to start the band back in 2016. This was because our guitarist Sonny had a few (admittedly amateur) guitar ideas that he wanted to put to good use. This, along with his cousin Duke’s new found love of singing, encouraged them pull their fingers out and start collaborating.

Introduce us to all the members

Vocals – Duke Witter

Guitar – Sonny Leach

Guitar – Sam Lambert

Bass guitar – Joe Adams Drums – Tom Elliott

What have you been doing in lockdown?

Over lockdown we have been doing everything we can to maintain and grow our following. We have done this by recording a number of covers which gained over 100,000 streams collectively online. We also have recorded 6 songs at Chapel Studios which we hope to release as singles throughout next year. We are very excited to share them with you!

How has it effected your mental health?

While we feel like the band is in a good place considering the tough year we have all faced, it has obviously made it difficult to maintain a positive mindset, especially when there’s so much spare time to overthink things. Mentally, it has effected some of us worse than others, especially as the one thing we all enjoy doing most (performing) has been taken from us. We are hoping the music scene will explode with life when the restrictions are lifted.

What do you like doing for fun?

In our spare time we enjoy going to the odd party or night out, however an ideal night for us would be enjoying a few beers and having a song writing session at one of our gaffs. We also enjoy a good game of pool, and would happily challenge anyone who tries to step in the way of us ;).

How do you think the government has helped with live music?

The government seems to have done as little as possible to help live music. How someone who’s idea of sorting out a pandemic is to encourage people to eat out with friends has the nerve to tell us to retrain seems rather hypocritical ???? .

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked?

Messi or Ronaldo? Just appreciate them both ffs ???? .

Who is the biggest pain in the arse?

We’re all worthy of that title in our own ways. I think it’s fair to say that we all contribute to being one big pain in the arse.

What is the unsigned scene in York like?

A few years ago York had a thriving music scene, however with the closure of venues such as The Duchess and Fibbers it is definitely more difficult to play significant shows which draw large crowds. We could do with a new venue that allows unsigned bands to play 600 capacity shows without the need for lots of funding. That’s not to say there are no good venues left. The Crescent and The Fulford Arms both work hard to keep the music scene on its feet and we appreciate them now more than ever!

What good bands are coming out of York at the moment?

There are plenty of brilliant unsigned bands in York. Some of our favourites are Pavilion, Bull and Kimber. Remember the names!

What useless party trick do you have?

We have got surprisingly good at inflating condoms out of the car window while going down the

motorway, however I’m not sure how useful this would be at a party ???? .

What’s the most fun you have had on stage?

 At our first Fibbers headliner we had a proper big stage invasion which was absolutely raucous. Limbs everywhere and amps being unplugged. Good times ???? .

Worst experience on stage?

This would have to be our first Hull gig. Duke was having a second taste of his KFC into a bin outside while the rest of the boys were going onstage. Luckily none of the 6 people there seemed to bothered. You have to get through the shit gigs to enjoy the good ones, it’s all part of being an unsigned band.

Tell us something about each member that would surprise us?

Duke – didn’t realise he could sing until he was 16

Sonny – is allergic to hypoallergenic dogs

Sam – eats hotdog and meatball stew on the reg

Joe – can happily drink fifteen Jaegerbombs in under a minute Tom – doesn’t like chocolate

Who would you like to work with on the circuit now?

Inhaler would be amazing to work with.

What makes you stand out as a band?

Our hair, our sound and our short patience.

Right now what’s pissing you off?

Rishi Sunak.

New single brewing, tell us about it?

We have a new single called Are You Listening? Is has a distinctive riff and an in your face, punk- esque chorus and will be released on the 11th of this month. The lyrics describe being in a battle with your own mind.

Anything you would like to share with the world?

We would just like to thank anyone who made it to the end of this interview, and would like to let you know that we will be releasing four more singles in the next 8 months! Are you listening?

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