THE RAH’S (from l-r): Andy McLeod (bass), Neale Gray (drums), Jack McLeod (lead vocals/guitar), Lee Brown (keyboards/percussion/guitar/vocals), Jordan McIntyre (lead guitar/vocals)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Calling themselves “your finest indie rock n’ roll five-piece“, The Rah’s have gained a loyal following, as well as much positive feedback, in recent years with a sound that accurately reflects their closeness, talents, and passion for what they deem to be “real music“.
Having recently released a new single, ‘Survival’, and currently recording some new material, which will be coming out soon, the Scottish quintet chatted to me about such things as their origins, songwriting approach, lyrical inspirations, and much more.
How did the band form?
Four of us went to school together and played for the same football team. Lee joined the band at a later date.
How did the name The Rah’s come about?
We were drunk and woke up with our name on our Facebook page having changed to The Rah’s. There was no turning back from that.
What would you say was your songwriting approach?
Usually, we write the songs in our practice room, which we then take to the studio, where it always develops in the best way, with our man, James Darkin.
What inspires the band lyrically?
Anything we can all relate to really, from current affairs to past experiences.
Recently, the band brought out a new single, ‘Survival’. How was the recording process for that?
It was quite different from our past experiences, as we went into the studio with one song and came out with another. After a spur-of-the-moment riff from Jordan, we basically changed the song’s direction, and we were all very happy with the outcome.
And how have you all found the reaction to the track so far?
The reaction has been great. It’s been played on radio stations around the globe, our favourite so far being KROQ in Los Angeles.
The band have toured all over Scotland, as well as playing some venues in England, gaining a loyal following. How is it, for you all, performing live?
It’s one of the main aims of being in a band, to play our music to new people, the van journeys, rough sleeping, good nights out, rock n’ roll if you wanna call it that.
And you’ve also supported the likes of The Fratellis and Twisted Wheel. How were they as experiences?
They were great gigs, and there will be more like them to come in the near future.
Now that ‘Survival’ has come out, what are the band’s plans for the near future?
Our plan is to release a follow-up single, news regarding this will be coming very soon, so keep your eyes peeled!
And finally, what is your long-term aim?
‘SURVIVAL’, THE LATEST SINGLE FROM THE RAH’S, IS OUT NOW.
FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: therahs.co.uk