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RGM Introducing – The New Twentys

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide to start the band?

Initially, we just started writing together not really knowing what it was for and then it became very clear that we were all so invested in the music that we had to turn it into a band.  

Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?

On bass and backing vocals we have Chris Bourne, he was in successful US group, he toured the states extensively before burning out and heading back.  Since being back in the UK he had switched his focus more onto songwriting and thought he was done with being in bands until he met us 2.

Jimmy is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Harry is his brother who plays lead guitar and helps out with the backing vocals too.  Harry and Jimmy have been in bands together since they were 16 fronting spikey pop-punk bands around London and the UK.  We signed a deal with our previous band and realised it wasn’t all it cracked up to be at the same time as meeting Chris.  Since then the three of us have been writing, recording and producing everything themselves.

It’s been a bit of a wild last year, how have you guys managed to pass time and stay sane during lockdown?

To be honest we’ve been super busy which has been quite a nice distraction from the world.  We decided in November last year to release a track every 6 weeks so it has been a constant cycle of preparing all the promo for every single.  We are also super lucky to have our own isolated studio space so we have been able to rehearse and make sure we are prepared for live shows as soon as they come back! 

How positive are you feeling now restrictions are loosening?

We are feeling super positive and excited for the restrictions loosening.  We played our first show last night to REAL LIFE people, they had to stay seated but it still felt amazing that we are getting closer to feeling the energy of people again!  We have a few festivals booked in for the summer so we really hope that everything stays on track and they manage to go ahead!



How has 2020  effected your mental health?

We’ve all been effected in someway but we’ve all managed to stay sane (we think).  Luckily we still had something to focus on and work towards so it didn’t give us much time to lose our minds.  But it has felt weird releasing music and not getting any feedback from face to face interactions at shows!  We just missed the energy of a full room so much! 

How much are you looking forward to playing live?

We actually just played our first show and it was sooooo good to be in front of people! Our next show is at Bigfoot Festival (Primal Scream, Fat White Family etc), and then we have Rock Oyster (Sophie Ellis Bextor and Nick Mulvey) and Weekend in the Park (Scouting For Girls and McFly). WE ARE SO PUMPED!  

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

We certainly do.  Pyramids were built by aliens who were 14ft tall / or they genetically modified us in the way that we do with dogs and maybe we used to be 14 ft tall.  

What useless party trick /talent do you have/? 

Being able to play guitar to be honest… ahah Jimmy can walk on his hands and Chris can unicycle… Harry has super long hair? 

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

We’ve only played one show so far as the three of us! So that gig would have to be the career highlight so far!  

What was the worst experience on stage?

So far so good! Ahaha from previous bands though its just forgetting the lyrics and getting a bit lost in your head but that never comes across as awful as it feels thankfully! 

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

Chris has a dog.

Harry was told when he was at primary school that was illegal to wear someone else’s prescription glasses and he believed it until he was a teenager.

Jimmy loves submerging himself in cold water after Wim Hoff.

Best drink to have on stage?

Water

Who is the biggest named band you have played with?

We did a couple of days recording with Paul Wickens in a previous band, and he is Paul McCartney’s keyboard player and musical director. That was a real moment for us, him and his wife are a dream team and so kind and encouraging! This summer we will be support Primal Scream and McFly though at these festivals so that will be a move up for us! 

Tell us a funny story from backstage?

We will report back after summer!

Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)?

Drummer – Stewart Copeland

Bass – Bakithi Kumalo

Guitar & Backing vocals – Alex Turner

Lead Singer – Paddy McAloon

But we would write the songs.

Whats your biggest achievement as a band?

Our biggest achievement so far is getting played on Sirius XM, Idobi, BBC 6 Music, Triple J, XS Manchester and many more and the festival bookings all ourselves with no team around us.  Also we are really excited by all the other songs we have ready to be released that we created ourselves.

What makes you stand out as a band?

We are a band of 3 songwriters that care about the song first and foremost.  We are also self sufficient, writing, recording & producing it all ourselves.  We also feel our work ethic and dedication is pretty unique.

Right now, whats pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus 🙂 

Not having any money.

Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?

Ahhh there’s so many! We are always laughing together, we have an idea for a TV show we want to create as a band so when we are brainstorming those ideas we always end up in stitches. 

Tell me about your new single and how it came about?

We started writing The Way in Cornwall late one night, but we were jamming around with a completely different song over the same chords. It wasn’t until the next day that we came up with the concept for The Way. 

We realised that all the love songs we had written up until that point had come with a healthy dose of cynicism. We all wanted to write a love song that was entirely positive, but like a lot of songwriters, we find it hard to do without getting too cheesy. Did we get away with it on this one? 

We thought it would be funny to write a song that we could each tell our girlfriend’s was about them so we could all get some brownie points. It had to be specific enough that they would buy it, but vague enough to describe each of them. Hopefully they won’t ever read this!

Overall it’s a feel good summer anthem that should make you wanna roll your windows down. It’s about being completely infatuated with a gentle, uninhibited girl. She has a sweet nature and wears her heart on her sleeve. A big part of her allure is her carefree attitude and positive outlook on the world… come to think of it, it’s a miracle any of our girlfriends ever thought it was actually about them!

How was the recording process given the various restrictions the UK has been under of late?

We are very lucky to have our own studio and don’t have to hire a space or anything so we have been super fortunate that we could carry on recording.

What are your plans for the year ahead 

We are going to keep releasing new music every 6 weeks and start playing as many shows as we can.  We are going to put on our own show mid August in London so keep an eye out for that and hopefully smash these festivals!

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

Nothing is how it seems.