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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW SAINTS AMONG US

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

Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?

I’m Maddy, I’m the frontwoman and I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember

I’m Bram, I’m the guitarist and I’ve been playing for 12 years

Rahmaal from london, playing bass for 12 years, been gigging for 9 years

Adam, I’m the Drummer and I’ve been drumming since I was 14

Its always nice to see a Sheffield band work hard and progress, how do you feel its going?

Maddy: Not too shabs, we’ve been working on some big things and can’t wait to share them with everyone!

Brad: Really well thanks! We had a bit of a wobble following the lockdown but everything seems to be going really well lately

Rahmaal: It’s going really well with the band we’ve been busy cooking up some things since I’ve joined been a nice direction to what I normally do

Adam: It’s going quite well, we are getting more and more followers in different areas where we gig.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

Maddy: The more you put in the more you get out.

Brad: To not just take advantage of every opportunity, but to take advantage of the right opportunities. 

Rahmaal: “Time is just a man-made factor, we make our own time and we all experience life at different times in our life”

Adam: When it comes to writing music and you are stuck and can’t get any ideas or inspiration, just look at it all from a different angle and something will always spark an idea

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

Maddy: Wouldn’t necessarily be a question but just generally being compared to paramore or another popular female-fronted band, does my nut in

Brad: ‘How do you feel as a female-fronted blah blah blah’ we’re a rock band, we’re not defined by who happens to be singing we’re defined by our music

Rahmaal: “How are you today”鈥bare bland that

Adam: Where did you meet

What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on your local circuit?

Maddy: I’m really loving Novustorys new song “love me too” they’re proper killing it at the min with content & bangers!

Brad: My Murder of Crows by Air Drawn Dagger has been on a playlist of mine for ages and I think it’s a proper good tune!

Rahmaal: Red Smoke by The Reytons

Adam: There’s a local band called This State of Ours who we gig with all the time, and they have an unreleased song called Seven which is amazing

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

Maddy: I’m not really fussed about conspiracy theories, but yea aliens are deffo real

Brad: The pigeons are cameras is my favourite one by a mile

Rahmaal: Naa, I work with the fact

Adam: Not really, I can’t see myself believing in any of them

What support is out there for new artists in Sheffield?

Maddy: I think tramlines is a massive support for artists around Sheffield and gets new and upcoming bands get a chance to be heard.

Brad: I’d definitely check out BBC Introducing Sheffield, they’re incredibly supportive of new artists and often give you some good feedback as well.

Rahmaal: Exposure鈥 pays my rent!

Adam: You have some amazing local radio shows in Sheffield and there are plenty of music venues who take on new bands, all you’ve got to do is stick your name to them, even if it’s something as simple as saying ‘Hi this is my band and we would like to play here, how do we sort this?’ because once you start gigging and getting out there then it really takes off

Who is inspiring you at the minute on the Sheffield music scene?

Maddy: Air drawn dagger, we’ve known these guys for a while and constantly love how they evolve and progress, fantastic band. And we have the privilege to play with them again soon in Sheffield! Keep an eye out for deats.

Brad: I‘ve always enjoyed bands like Hands of Gretel, but recently there are plenty of smaller acts I’ve seen like Sugar Tung who are absolutely killing it right now

Rahmaal: So since I’m  not from Sheffield I am still familiarising myself with the scene but so far it’d be The Reytons

Adam: Again I’d have to give it to This State of Ours, they’re honestly unreal.

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

Maddy: Probably the first time we played Doncaster pride 2017, I got way too drunk to calm my nerves and ended up sounding terrible but we had a lot of fun lol

Brad: It wasn’t the biggest gig we’ve ever played, but we played this small festival just after the euros where we beat Sweden, and the atmosphere was absolutely electric 

Rahmaal: Ummmm Hull in January me and Brad stood on the front of the stage with everyone singing the “woahs” in Kings and Queens it just felt like power

Adam: Every single time we’re on stage, it just feels right and when everything and everyone comes to see us, it’s just the best feeling ever

What was the worst experience on stage?

Maddy: Oh there’s been manyyyy but one that has never left my brain is the time we were playing a festival on the hottest day of the year, I ended up getting sunstroke and throwing up just as we went on. Brad & Adam had to play a 30min instrumental while I pulled my shit together 馃あ

Brad: There was a time Maddy almost bad a full light drop on her, the bass from our backing track literally shattered a light above us and fell where she was stood about 5 seconds earlier 

Rahmaal: My bass died once or twice鈥 most the time and that’s a bane of my life (it uses a battery)

Adam: I had my snare skin literally just break on me and I didn’t have another to replace it, and it was properly torn in half. Luckily the Venue found one that I could quickly put on so that we could continue

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

Maddy: Adam is obsessed with Disney like he knows all the films, and he even has a Maui from Moana tattoo, Bradley is actually a teacher, in a school, yea ikr!! And Rahmaal hates ketchup, who hates ketchup?

Brad: Adam is like an actually sick bartender, Rahmaal can drink a full pint of Guinness like it’s water, and Maddy is criminally obsessed with dachshunds to the point it borders mental

Rahmaal: Brad is like a new born giraffe has no coordination why he ends up on his knees mid way through a set, Adam is a one-man comedy sketch, Maddy has a wham right hook, Me im just bare quiet

Adam: Me and Brad are actually brothers, Brad is a music teacher at a school, Maddy can wiggle her toes independently on command, and Rahmal is our resident Londoner.



If you had to describe your band to an alien how would you describe them? 

Maddy: The weirdest group of people you could meet

Brad: Four absolute riots of human beings that seem obsessed with riffs and synths

Rahmaal: You’re from space init? You ever seen two a SuperNovas clash? like a beautiful dance then the big flash of light?? Yeah were like that 

Adam; We’re all quite weird but on stage we make a huge powerful sound that would hopefully blow you away

What advice would you give to someone going into the music industry?

Maddy: It’s a lot of hard work but get out of it what you put in.

Brad: Don’t be a dick, no matter how good you think you are there’s more going on at a gig than just the bands that are playing and word of mouth is everything in this industry

Rahmaal: Think of the industry as hell and everyone is a demon for say you can’t just walk in and expect that you’re gonna take over if you do then you’ll get violated quick

Adam: Keep your head high and look for inspiration everywhere you go, it helps

What’s your biggest achievement as a band?

Maddy: We’ve played so many amazing gigs and had so many opportunities but the best achievement is being able to continue making music and building our followers, that’s what makes it for me.

Brad: We’ve won a few Yorkshire Gig Guide awards and I think that’s pretty cool

Rahmaal: Me joining 😉 

Adam: To me, everything is a huge achievement that we have done

What makes you stand out as a band?

Maddy: Urm, probably that we’re like 1080490 different genres mashed into one but we try our best to make it work, mostly.

Brad: We have massive riffs, massive synths, and massive drops, basically we go 110% on everything and nothing less

Rahmaal: The fact we go all out with everything we do.

Adam: We try to tackle mental health and the stigma around it in our songs so I think that makes us stand out

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

Maddy: people believing that hot dogs are sandwiches- wrongens

Brad: The Downing Street covid party got me pretty fucked off I won’t lie, but I’ve been pretty chill as of late

Rahmaal: PUTIN.

Adam: Trains being cancelled when I really need them not to be, the joys of not driving

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

Maddy: 

Brad: I remember us doing a rehearsal once at the Imperial in Mexborough (great venue btw) till like 3am and by the end we were all in fits of giggles arranging the Wii Sports music for a 5 piece rock band

Rahmaal: When we played our headline gig in Doncaster the night out after was a fun init naa i kid was jokes and got to see everyone enjoying themselves.

Adam: The time when we was on stage and a light almost fell on maddy head, we had to stop playing because we were all laughing

We recently reviewed your last single. How did you feel the review went?

Maddy: Yea really well! We really liked & appreciated the review and thanks so much for doing this interview with us today 

Brad: I thought it was good! I remember being buzzing after reading it

Rahmaal: It was ite bless for that fully respect it

Adam: Really well and we appreciate it

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

Maddy: Honestly it’s one of my favourite to play live and I’m so glad we’ve got it recorded!

Brad: It’s got a meaty riff and it bounces! Honestly, I think it’s one of the best we’ve done yet

Rahmaal: Full-Fat Riffs low end is here to stay

Adam: It’s a big one, new sounds mew riffs and an interesting story behind it

Talk me through the thought process of the single?

Maddy: Run, reminisces on the thoughts of holding onto your past but also recognising that in order to evolve as a person you need to let it go. Run asks those questions that every person has once asked themselves.

Brad: This song talks about Running Away but just from your problems but also from a past life. In a sense it’s about new beginnings

Rahmaal: We’ve been inspired by so much and i feel like it’s also a new adventure for myself so with this in mind we wanted to hit the ball out the park with something juicy and thiccc(x14)

Adam: This song is something a bit new for us, it still explores those themes of Mental health but it takes it from a different perspective. 

What was the recording process like?

Maddy: Really easy to be fair, it was one of those tunes that just fell into place and felt right instantly.

Brad: Fun! Really really fun. We spent a lot of time making sure the guitars and bass were exactly right in terms of tone, harmony, etc. but it was still really fun

Rahmaal: It was like a renaissance paint something mad is always happening. While brad is tracking guitars Adam and Maddy are having a scrap meanwhile im just sat in the corner watching

Adam: Easier than normal, we were really comfortable with this new song

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?

Maddy: Finding meaty guitar tones, I feel like that was one of our main priorities and I think we managed to get one we were really happy within the end! 

Brad: To not settle on one part. From my point of view as a guitarist, I remember being in love with the original part I wrote but when we listened back to the demo it was terrible and it took a lot to unlearn what I’d already written. But that’s why you should always be prepared to change on the fly

Rahmaal: Brad trying to Djent

Adam: Definitely making sure all the tones compliment each other, it’s not been something we’ve focused on in as much detail as we have with this one, and i think that shows in the final mix. 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Maddy: Not that I can think of right now, I’m sure something will pop up a month or so after we’ve released it hahah.

Brad: No not really, I’m really happy with how it’s come together

Rahmaal: You will always find things you won’t change like we can be nit picky but some that are just life, I feel like the final product has great power behind it so nothing should be changed.

Adam: Not really i’m quite happy with it

What are your plans for the year ahead?

Maddy: We plan on creating loads more tunes, videos, content, everything for you! Can’t wait to finally tick off some songs and get them released 

Brad: Well that would be telling! We’ve got plans for a few more singles this year, a few videos to keep your eyes open for as well, and a headline at corp that were absolutely gassed for

Rahmaal: Keep writing to be fair feel like with Saints i have sound i want to mold and help blend together im here to help them keep rising.

Adam: To keep going and not let anything stop us

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

Maddy: Nah I’m good

Brad: HotDogs are NOT a sandwich. I will elaborate no further

Rahmaal: If a cats got shoes on its not a dog

Adam: You’ve got this

Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.