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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW DUBLIN BAND STRANGERS WITH GUNS

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?

Jeff  – Music is my favourite thing in the world and I can never just observe or listen, need to be involved, and I think we have more than a viable shot of making something happen if we can surround ourselves with the right people or have the right people believe in us. But being involved in music is slow torture.

Rennick –  Revenge

Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?

Paul Rennick   Drums, Former Kiss My Acid Drummer

Jeff O    Guitar and Vocals, History Unknown

Watchy     Bass player and have another band called “Stitch Jones” previously of “Val Normal”

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

Jeff   Any question where I’m on the record or within earshot of people that for one reason or the other stop me giving the answer to the fullest degree of the truth and having to dress it up a bit.

Paul Rennick    Where were you on the night?

Watch    If I know the singer out of Kodaline

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

Jeff    The JFK one is quite the obvious one that even a layman can understand and see how fucked it is. A lot of em require reaching and a bit and guesswork and I haven’t the time, interest or energy, but I’m sure some of em have merit. Oh and Newbridge is run by mole people.

Rennick    Gucci Mane is a government clone

Watchy    Chemtrails are powdered Illuminati spooge

Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?

Jeff   Yeah a few props for the live show I haven’t figured a use for, and one or two books it turned out I really read on kindle.

Rennick    Ballons and Party Hats

Watchy    *sighs

What useless party trick do you have? 

Jeff      I can speak fluent Mandarin

Rennick   Doing the dances out of Dirty Dancing 

Watchy      Can eat one of the giant Toblerones in under a minute

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

Jeff    Probably either playing with Ugly Kid Joe in Belfast or with Pigs x7 in Belfast. Belfast has great crowds, the biggest crowds we have played to as well, has been a blast on both occasions.

Rennick     Soap Girls Gig

Watchy     Played a gig for the troops in an Irish Army barracks, and ran over two of the officer’s cars in a tank, great night

What was the worst experience on stage?

Jeff    First time I went to turn my head and smile at Ricky and seen Watchy

Rennick      Played Rebellion a few years ago and drumsticks flew out of my hands mid-song

Watchy     I was in a wedding band that played the wrestler “Seamus” wedding and he did that kick move that is his finisher on me halfway through the set



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

Jeff    From 3 till 17 was convinced I wanted to be a pro wrestler, then tried it and realised I should have had a plan B because I hated it. Also went to Nottingham at one stage to try to turn over and go pro in boxing but thought better of it after a few months.

Rennick    Parents didn’t put me in playschool till I was 9, I ruled the place

Watchy    That underneath my steely exterior is a boy just wanting to be loved, loved and drove everywhere

If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it? 

Jeff   I’d describe the band as shit and the music as the best most original shit out there all be it with a singer who can’t sing.

Rennick    Shit

Watchy    What Rennick said, I think about quitting this band weekly if not daily.

What makes you stand out as a band?

Jeff   I think we embrace chaos and disaster a lot more than the refined professionalism that so many seem to strive for, like I want things to get out of control and if possible will try engineer it, within reason and with full regard for human life of course.

Rennick   Our looks and fashion sense and who are dads are

Watchy    Looks longingly out the window

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?

Jeff   Outside of serious world issues, my gut, I was always in primo shape now everyone in the kebab shop knows me on first-name basis

Rennick   Jeff, he’s a prick

What’s your favourite song to play live and why?

Jeff    The ones with the least amount of vocals in em or where Watchy is doing vocals like I’m a guitar player and I like to rock out and jam rather than run back to the microphone. Either “Cants” cause the crowd engagement or “lies of omission” we end with that a lot and I get to just rip and groove on the outro

Rennick   Cants probably

Watchy    One of the songs from my other band “Stitch Jones”

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

Rennick    It’s good, buy it

Jeff    It’s well rounded, it’s an actual album like the songs get to breathe, they get jammed out, unlike the last few Eps with short to-the-point songs, we experiment more, get more complicated, it’s an angry record. July 15th “All Pleasure Is Just Relief” buy it, stream it, love it.

Talk me through the thought process of the album?

Rennick    Bangers like

Jeff   Most of the songs, like most kids born are happy accidents, I just jam them out and go with what feels right and don’t fight it. But I did want this album to be heavier and more aggressive, music we write kinda mimics how we are feeling I find

What was the recording process like?

Jeff   Pure torture, we are chronically underrehearsed and stumble into studio and eventually get there.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the album?

Jeff   That me and Rennick can go to war and argue daily and there is never any spillover. Also that I can play a bit of lead, and when I wanted to step up on guitar and technicality, Rennick stepped up as well. 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Jeff   Money always creates pressure when recording, perception could have been done better, there are a lot of one-takes on the album

What are your plans for the year ahead?

Jeff    Get signed and give it all away

Rennick    Get better gigs, supports, ideally some UK gigs

Watchy     Potentially leave the band

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

Jeff: Yeah, love each other you A$$holes