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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW THE BAND KLEN

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

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

The glitz, the glam, and the opportunity to make loud noises together that people can move to. Also, the prospect that in the future our musical success will secure a sponsorship deal with David Ross Cigarette filters is pretty tempting.

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

An eclectic 4-piece with a drummer pummelling from a standing position.

Rough Skin – guitar maestro and exfoliator extraordinaire.
Bill-upon-Tubs A.K.A Sticks B. Slippin – half human, half river, half beat-maker… half sonic macerator.
Orlando Nice – the third limb, hardcore noise specialist.

Melvin Schæfferhoof A.K.A The Financial Ombudsman – Our newest recruit: a cult folk artist who has been hiding in plain sight within the financial regulation sector for a number of years.

Sounds ranging from smooth and visceral psychedelic warbles to wired and sprawling freakbeat. Steeped in 60’s garage, pebbles style, with an anarcho-prog-punk edge woven in there too.

Hailing from Penryn, Cornwall.

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?

After playing regularly in our homestead for a year we began making musical waves into wider remits and have had a great time providing our sounds to many different ears. We just want to make our noises and if others enjoy it then that’s smashing.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?

KLEN questions the concept of conspiracies.

What advise would you give other artists starting out?

Turn it up louder and generate honest music.

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

Orlando Nice purchased too many small varieties of horned melon.



What was the worst experience on stage?

When Rough Skin couldn’t find his knitted headpiece. Threw us all off.

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

The moustaches aren’t real.

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

If they’re from Jupiter they’ll recognise it. If not, imagine if Captain Beefheart swapped out the Magic Band for some trained Zoo animals. then put that through a fuzz pedal.

What makes you stand out as a band?

The robes help a lot. Also our love of Anti-Music – blending songs into one another through angular melody and beat. Keeps the audience on their toes, not sure where we’re going next. 

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

It’s full of references to the economy, outdated military aircraft, and the correct ways to garnish an onion. 

Talk me through the thought process of the new tune.

We wanted to create direct, punchy, and affecting sounds. After Rough Skin brought the song to a jam session we tinkered and honed it playing live across the country and in our homestead of Falmouth. 

The lyrics tell the tale of The Pipers of Boleigh & The Merry Maidens – a pair of standing stones next to a stone circle in south-west Cornwall. “They are the pipers, the eternal players. Unto them they dance, through the gates of dawn.” The story goes that the pipers played music for the local women of the village, they danced for so long that they lost track of time and as the sun rose on the sabbath, the pipers were turned to stone by a pagan curse. The song comes from that story and our want to tell their tale is an ode to them, the merry maidens, and their tale.

What was the recording process like?

It was during a heatwave. Hot. Recorded live in a small studio out in the country. We also recorded a number of extended jams that will turn up in our January EP. 

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