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Raging Clue

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW NOTTINGHAM BAND RAGING CLUE, WHAT HAPPENED?

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

(Aaron) The Coffee is tasting great thank you, got anything stronger?

What made you decide that music is a thing for you? 

Aaron)  I was on detachment In the Falklands way back in 2006 and had my first real break-up whilst I was away there. I got invited down to the music room there one night and met a drummer a guitarist who taught me a few chords for Creep by Radiohead. I just about got through the whole song and the experience was so memorable, I remember feeling like a weight had been lifted, for the first time in my life I felt complete. I wrote about 20 really awful yet therapeutic songs while I was out there and haven’t stopped since. 

Introduce us to all of the members and your musical history.

(Aaron) Currently, we just have Adam and I (Aaron), we’ve scared off a couple of drummers in the last 2-3 years but thankfully our producer and manager Isaac Walters from Forever Dead Collective is stepping in on drums to help out for now, we’ve played with him before and it works really well as the three of us as he’s all our ins and outs.

I have played in several bands since 2007, I played Bass Guitar and Sang for the majority of the time but decided to focus more on my vocal performance more recently. This is Adam’ first active band experience and I’ve been giving him the full emotional package.

What was life like for you before music?

Aaron) I always felt like I didn’t fit in anywhere, I struggled to find my people and never felt understood. I always kept my feelings to myself and struggled to talk about my trauma. It was a really lonely life before music, making friends quite easily but losing them just as easily. Music has given me a better support network. I’ve always enjoyed listening to music but it wasn’t until I started writing myself that I started to understand myself and why I was struggling with life so much. 

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Adam) For me it was ‘my own worst enemy by a band called Lit,  I remember my older brother showing me an x games video and in the promo they was playing that song and I just remember thinking I love this song and I wanna hear more like this and then he introduced me to blink 182 and well it all went from there basically. 

Aaron) I delved deep into really classic blink-182, the old school albums like Flyswatter, Buddha & Cheshire Cat kind of gave me the idea that in Music you can start anywhere and you can just learn on the job rather than wait to be a clean cut musician releasing professional sounding music. The songs written on those albums are bangers but they gave me the inspiration to give it a go and just write music no matter how it sounds. The contrast between those albums and One More Time is insane. I hope we can reach the heights of that kind of songs at some point.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

Aaron) Hmm…the music industry. This is a hard question. I’m still not really sure what that means or if I’ve ever been that close to being a part of it. It’s always felt like an unattainable mythical thing to be a part of. We are blessed to have had so much support from BBC Introducing Nottingham though, but we still have that “LOCAL BAND” vibe.

The trouble with being so inconsistent is you’re always starting again with trying to be noticed or you’re noticed far too much for being inconsistent. We want to start building some trust within the scene and write and release more routinely. I hyperfocus and juggle quite a lot in life and the band is certainly not put first for the most part with me having children. I’ve found most people who or successful in the industry have invested and sacrificed absolutely everything. That’s something Raging Clue can’t do right now but we’re hoping we can found our place in the scene and the industry.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

(Aaron) Don’t invest money in expensive press and radio campaigns, focus on your fans not on stats. 

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

(Aaron)  I once shared a bottle of Jamesons with Billie-Joe from Green Day. 

I have piloted an aeroplane 

I am in a Zebrahead Music Video

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

For someone out there to trust in us is enough to invest in us completing a professional record with professional music videos. We could do with some advice as to what steps to take to get to the next level and how to reach our fanbase.

Chances to support bands at bigger venues would be a dream for us. We’re hoping to hit up support slots and venues like Rescue Rooms and Rock City in Nottingham and o2 Academy venues. Okay, that wasn’t one thing…there’s so much. 

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

(Aaron) Cancel culture feels like something you can’t think about when you’re creating art. You’ve got to create something that feels real to you at the time of writing the music. Growth and development are part of life and so is trying to understand the world around you and how it affects your mental health. 

If people take anything I’ve said or done either In the past or present In a negative way, there should be open conversation about why and how we can move forward with whatever it is. Most of the music I write is either about the downfalls of relationships and my mental health. I think most people can relate to what I sing about.

As my music is written about personal experience I don’t see how that can affect someone else but it might make them think about how they have been to someone or how they’ve been treated in the past. I really recommend therapy if you’re triggered by lyrical content.

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Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

Aaron) After all the things that have come to light over the last decade, it feels like there are probably not many conspiracy theories that aren’t at least half-truths. I am a believer that absolutely anything is possible and some things are probably more improbable than others.

Aliens are a for sure, the only thing that differs with that is exactly how much contact we’ve had with them and whether or not they are already walking amongst us. I was really into X-Files as a kid and that feels plausible these days. The moon thing probably didn’t happen when they said it did. Elvis didn’t die when he said he did, oh and Paul Is Dead. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

My bass gave out and died mid-set once, not great. I was young, drunk and a lot more of punk back then and all full of angst…so I proceeded to smash the bass on the floor a few times. What a drama queen. Probably could have handled it better.

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

(Aaron) I don’t know man, I don’t think there’s anything that surprising about us. I’m pretty sure I’m Autistic & have ADHD, my kids just got diagnosed and they are my clones. If you know me though I don’t think that would be a surprise. I was in the armed forces for like 8 years, that surprised most people when they found out as I’m really not that guy.  I guess it would surprise most people to know that Adam can play the Ukulele and has been trying to push a Raging Clukulele album for years now.

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

Aaron) Apart from our South Park-originating Dick Joke Band name that we don’t regret at all, I guess we do offer a pretty awesome mix between Pop Punk & Emo. I haven’t heard any other band like us, we have a unique sound and I’m not entirely sure whether that’s a good thing or not. It’s great to stand out as a band if you’re offering something incredible, otherwise jumping on trends seems to work, we’re not about that though. 

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

Aaron) The album is appropriately named – Call It Nostalgia – there are a lot of old-school 2000’s Skate Punk Rock and Pop Punk influences injected into the music. Some of the songs on there were written years ago that we’ve managed to rework and bring back to life. We’re really riding on that Tony Hawks Pro Skater and American Pie Soundtrack gnarly wave with this debut record. We’re so inspired by bands like blink-182, New Found Glory, Good Charlotte & All American Rejects. If any of that is giving you some tingles right now then you should in theory love our album. 

What was the recording process like?

(Aaron) So incredibly fun, easy and cathartic albeit kinda lonely on my part. I’ve got a pretty rad vocal booth set up in my flat (soz neighbours) so I can track the demo stems and then the final vocal stems to our producer Isaac. 

I’d fire up logic, lay down the best demo I can and then Isaac would add his creative juices and then we’d both just bounce off each other, adding more harmonies or extra riffs. I’d have random creative ideas nowhere near a guitar or any software when I was out and about so my voice memos are absolutely stacked with riff and synth ideas that I’ve sent over to Isaac who somehow managed to make some sense out of it and bring it to life. 

Adam then went over to Isaac’s and finished off any guitar that he’d written for the songs. We also had Harvey in the band for a short spell who worked on some of the songs and we decided to keep a couple that worked for us.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Aaron) We wanted to push ourselves on these tracks. Bring something new to the table whilst keeping the foundations of the band sound, I think we managed that. We are constantly maturing our songwriting and I guess the biggest learning curve for us is kind of letting go off the past so that we can create something entirely new that doesn’t depend on our influences. I’m certain that we’ve released an album that is completely its own thing with its own style but it’s so hard not to draw energy with so much amazing art out there and all of us Pop Punk & Emo kids have so much in common and it most definitely wasn’t a phase.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

(Aaron) Absolutely not. It did however evolve from an EP to a Full album late last year which came with its challenges but I believe we got out of the songs what we needed to, on a personal level I certainly got the therapy and self reflection from it that was much needed. If we had given ourselves more time, maybe there might have been room for improvement but we can leave that for another album sometime perhaps.

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

Aaron) We have a release show for our debut album – Call It Nostalgia- on Friday 2nd February at Billy Bootleggers, Nottingham we’d love to see a load of people at. It’s going to be awesome. Doors open at 6:30 pm, come get sweaty and messy with us.

Thanks for having us RGM, you’re awesome. X

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