10 questions with The Rupees

The Rupees launch their new single at Crofters Rights this May

The Rupees interview

Bristol four-piece The Rupees have been making noise since 2015, though the end of last year saw them come back with a new lineup and more synth-driven sound, with new single Terror Lover.

Outer worldly synths meet baritone vocals with just a hint of glam rock. This combined with grizzly guitar and upbeat percussion has earned The Rupees fans up and down the country.

Outer worldly synths meet baritone vocals with just a hint of glam rock

The Rupees have been fittingly compared to Kasabian and The Black Keys, and have already received airplay from BBC Radio kingpins Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq, though it feels like they’re on the cusp of something bigger.

The Rupees’ follow up track Titanic is due for release this month, in line with a headline gig at Crofters Rights. Songwriter and frontman Ryan answers our 10 questions…

Those questions

1. What have you learned today?
Singing with a bad throat sounds good for about two minutes and The 1975 are still utterly terrible. 

2. Which song by another artist most inspires you?
The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again. It is completely nuts and awe inspiring. There is a synth line that runs all the way through it and is covered by some massive guitar work and the vocals are absolutely booming. That mix of guitars and synths is something that inspires me in a huge way, bands like Kasabian in the last 10 years have really taken that mantel, but The Who were doing it back in the 70s. The lyrics are pretty punk and has an us-against-them theme, which is what appears in my songs quite a lot. 

that mix of guitars and synths is something that inspires me in a huge way

3. Who are your top three acts right now?
The Blinders – Loving that BRMC sound they have going on – some sleazy, muddy rock n roll. The Black Keys – their new track Lo-Hi is a T-Rex inspired boogie fest. IDLES – have to say these guys. They just tear shit up really, really well. 

4. It’s 3am and the party is winding down, what track do you play to get everyone going again?
Donna Summer – I Feel Love. You have to be a robot not to get excited when this comes on. 

5. If you couldn’t work in music, what would you be doing instead?
Trapped in an office somewhere, wishing I could be a musician, or worse, still working for my Dad (that is another story for another time). 

6. What was the last book you read?
Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami 

7. Most recent binge watch?
The OA – some mind bending parallel universe shiz going on. Not for everyone, but I love it. 

8. Do you have a party trick?
I do a good Stewie Griffin impression.

I used to be a carpenter… like Jesus.

9. Tell us something people don’t generally know about you…
I used to be a carpenter… like Jesus. 

10. What are you doing tomorrow?
Painting the inside of my house. I have gone for brilliant white. 

10 May – The Rupees, Crofters Rights
Tickets // croftersrights.co.uk

therupees.co.uk // @therupees


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