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?
I actually began planning the start of the band whilst I was traveling around South America. I had bought a hand-made acoustic guitar off a blind carpenter on top of a mountain in Peru, if you would believe it, and had rediscovered my love of songwriting. I decided that when I got home I would put a band together and take music seriously and that’s exactly what I did.
Introduce us to all the members and your musical history?
I’m Rob Orange and I play lead guitar in the band. We have Ryan Kitto on lead vocals and guitar. James Clegg plays the bass and we have Matt Exton on drums. Matt also does backing vocals.
We’ve had the privilege of playing some incredible Festivals like Kendal Calling, Camden Rocks and we were main headline support at Monmouth Festival where we played in front of thousands of people. We’ve also played in front of a sold-out crowd at the 02 Academy Leeds and supported Duran Duran at the Leeds First Direct Arena.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
If I’m honest I don’t think I have an answer for this. I appreciate anyone taking the time to interview us so I’m happy to answer most questions.
What are the benefits of being in a band and living in Leeds?
We have seen the loyalty of music fans up here over the years. It seems they take pride in following local bands. There are also amazing venues to play in Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield etc with great sound techs which are so important. If your sound is mixed right it’s a lot easier to win over new fans.
What negatives are there from living in Leeds?
The London music scene is still predominantly where most of the A&R representatives and booking agent are found. If you are not a regular on the scene it’s more difficult to get your name passed on to them. It’s also difficult to build a London fanbase when you are situated in Leeds. It can be done but it takes a lot more time and money than building it up North.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
I do love a good conspiracy theory they can be really fun. I guess the most recent one that grabbed my attention was the Pentagon releasing reports of about 400 UFO encounters to date. This plus the New York Times piece on it gave it real credibility and I have to say I went down a rabbit hole on YouTube watching all the videos haha! Are we alone? Who knows?
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Not that I can think of, well other than far too many takeaways. My belly didn’t need those.
Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about?
James Clegg’s grandfather was the inventor of the hexagonal fishing net. It’s a point of great pride with our Clegg. Ryan was recently featured wearing a unisex wedding dress in GQ magazine. Matt Exton is a phenomenal salsa dancer. I recently got my DNA decoded and it turns out I have 2 percent Neanderthal DNA. Supposedly that correlates to being bad with directions which I am but now I have an excuse.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
As I’m writing this I’m also trying to order take out from my favourite tapas place and it’s closed.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
I would have to say ‘Red Light Glow’ which will be our next single after ‘NONO to BOJO’. It has such a cool riff at the start and then a complete change into the chorus. It just feels great on stage to play.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
Like every other human being in the country, we’ve had enough of the lies, the empty promises and the hypocrisy displayed by our ex-Prime Minister. So we decided to write a song about it.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
We wanted to try to capture the mood of the country after the last couple of years. We felt the frustration and we wanted to voice that. We had a really strong song put together musically we just needed the right melody and lyrics to fit over it and that’s where Ryan shone.
What was the recording process like?
We recorded in the Chair works studio in Castleford with Bob Cooper as our producer. His attention to detail when it comes to tones of guitars etc is second to none. It made for a longer recording process but the finished product is exceptional. I think we were all blown away when we got the mixes back.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
I think the biggest learning curve we’ve faced is not to rush a single until you know it’s completely finished and you are 100 percent happy with all parts. It’s very easy to get carried away with a song if it has, for example, a strong chorus and you want to get it recorded ASAP but maybe some of the other parts could be improved upon. The worst feeling is hearing your song back after it’s been recorded knowing you can’t change anything.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
This is going to sound a little pedantic but there are two notes of my guitar that I wish were slightly heavier sounding but it’s a minor detail that probably only I care about.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
To release these next two songs and hopefully build upon our fanbase. We want to put on a big Leeds headline gig soon and we have festivals to look forward to playing this summer.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Only to say thank you to all our fans who have continually supported us. We can’t wait to share these next couple of songs with you.