Rainfalls are a sublime punk powerhouse quartet who hail from Glasgow, Scotland. Formed in 2011 Rainfalls have been hard at work ever since, releasing 2 Ep’s as well as a debut album.
Rainfalls released their latest single Fever Pitch just over a month ago to and is a great showcase to display the bands pure punk energy. Their powerful sound has gained the band much notoriety and has allowed the band play shows with some huge artists such as Four Year Strong and Holding Absence. I recently caught up with the band to discuss their music, their influences and bringing back the original Irn Bru Recipe.
“We’re incredibly open with each other when it comes to plans and ideas and we’re working on new stuff as we speak.”
This interview is taking place a few months since the release of your latest EP “Creep”. How has the last few months been for you all? Was it a good feeling to get some new music out to the fans?
Releasing Creep was a weird situation. It was produced by a former member of the band, and it was the last release we made as a five piece band. The three songs have been written for a long time, and they’re a lot lighter than the stuff we have previously released. We released the music to keep ourselves fresh, it was around a year or so since our last EP ‘III’ and we didn’t want to lose momentum. Personally, I feel ‘Creep’ was a really good release to keep us going in the transition from a five to a four piece band and we got two videos out of the release, which were both super fun to make.
“Creep” is a great EP for a band so young! It shows that you guys have crazy potential! What are some of the greatest lessons you learnt while recording the EP?
It’s great to know you enjoyed it, thanks a bunch! As I mentioned releasing the record was at a weird transitional time for the band, and with the record being produced by a member of the band who left before we even released it, it kind of felt like they didn’t put the love into it that we would have expected. I don’t think the recording of the EP gave us any lessons, but I think the aftermath made the four of us closer and tighter as a band. We’re incredibly open with each other when it comes to plans and ideas and we’re working on new stuff as we speak.
“I think the plan is to write for us, that’s always been the plan. We’ve never been a band to add two steps etc because we want a crowd to go crazy, we write what feels organic.”
“Final Scene” shows massive ambition for a band so early in your career. The song has a massive anthem feel and sounds as if it could easily inspire stadium singalongs. Ambition emanates from the band and is clear to see on all of “Creep”, but what is the scale of ambition for the band? Are you genuinely going to take over the hardcore world?
It’s funny because the term ‘melodic hardcore’ is looked at with such distain now that we don’t use that term to describe the band. Musically we’ve moved well away from that sound and we refer to ourselves as a punk band. We might not sound like Leftover Crack, The Sex Pistols etc but I think we’re in a similar remit ethos wise. We find that we go down really well with metalcore and pop punk crowds and have had some great opportunities to support the likes of Four Year Strong, Bury Tomorrow and Creeper in the last couple of years, as well as touring with Holding Absence and supporting the likes of Being As An Ocean, Defeater and loads more previously. The new stuff we’re writing is sonically a lot darker than Creep, but that doesn’t mean to say the next record will be a dark record, but it will have those elements. I think the plan is to write for us, that’s always been the plan. We’ve never been a band to add two steps etc because we want a crowd to go crazy, we write what feels organic.
If you guys were going to take over the world, what new laws would you bring in for your people to abide by?
No glass bottles of sauce, no walking on pavements in rows of more than two, bring back the original Irn Bru recipe.
If people have never heard of Rainfalls before, how would you describe yourselves to them to hook new listeners in? Is there a specific track which you feel best encapsulates the Rainfalls sound?
Come see us live. The live show is passionate and cathartic for us so that’s the best thing I always say to people. If you like heavy stuff check out ‘Plague Bearer’, if you like lighter stuff check out ‘Creep’ and ‘Monologue Part 2’. Our new single ‘Fever Pitch’ will be an interesting one for new listeners, there is a lot of changes but also a lot of consistency, so I’m looking forward to its reaction!
“We would love to play Arc Tan Gent fest, such a diverse line up! Obviously Download, Slam Dunk and Leeds/Reading are biggies and we would never ever turn them down…”
Quite a simple question next, how did you guys all meet and what made you want to start up a band?
The band has actually been going a little while now. Craig and Gary (guitar and vocals) have been friends forever and wanted to start a project. There’s been a few member changes with Sam coming in on drums a few years later, and myself (Jonny) coming in on bass a couple of years ago. With me joining, Gary is one of my best friends and we were talking and he was saying they were looking for a bassist so I said I will buy a bass and come jam. I’ve only ever been a guitarist and it was a little while since I was in a band but it clicked.
As you guys are based out of Scotland I’m guessing this is where the name of the band comes from? Get it? Is always raining (sorry for the poor joke)
If only it wasn’t so hilariously true! Nah, the name was a simple thing Gary came up with whilst doodling at home one day. Just popped into his head, he drew our first logo and it stuck.
Let’s be honest, it’s only a matter of time until you hit the major major big time. However, if you had the choice now to headline any festival which would it be and why? Also what would the Rainfalls band rider consist of?
We would love to play Arc Tan Gent fest, such a diverse line up! Obviously Download, Slam Dunk and Leeds/Reading are biggies and we would never ever turn them down. “Our new single ‘Fever Pitch’ which we have just released is also a great one live, its super-fast and chaotic so it’s great fun!”
“Our new single ‘Fever Pitch’ which we have just released is also a great one live, its super-fast and chaotic so it’s great fun!”
Who were some of your musical influences growing up? Has making the style of music you create changed your musical tastes?
We all come from a variety of influences. Sam our drummer is a big country head, he listens to a lot of country a lot of the time, as well as loving some prog so his style is eclectic which is awesome! We all love punk and hardcore, a few of us are quite into industrial music and some more of the noise elements of music, such as SunnO))).
You are currently lined up for some amazing festivals and gigs in the coming months including the Pop Punk Pileup festival. What are some of your best experiences you have had while playing live? What are your favourite songs to play live?
Supporting Four Year Strong at The Garage in Glasgow was really really cool! The Garage is a staple of the Scottish music scene and playing the main stage was awesome. Doing the dates with Holding Absence last year was a highlight too and those guys are some of our best friends now! In terms of the songs we all love playing ‘Plague Bearer’, it’s a massive ending to the set. We also have a track called ‘Winter’ that is super old but it’s simple, fun to play and easy to get into the vibe on stage so we haven’t parted with it yet. Our new single ‘Fever Pitch’ which we have just released is also a great one live, its super-fast and chaotic so it’s great fun!
11. Finally, fans are clearly very important to Rainfalls as a band, regular updates on social media and fan interactions show how much you value their support. Do you have any final words you would like to say to the fans? Can they expect new music in 2018?
Thanks for continuing to check out our music! Hopefully we can catch you at a show soon and enjoy ‘Fever Pitch’!