Friday, May 26, 2017

THE RPMs will be running through their revolutions at Camden Rocks - Q+A

London's Camden Rocks starts rockin the streets of Camden on Saturday June 3.

If you still haven't got around to working out just who to see, we will be suggesting a few names we are banking on over the coming week.


Their second EP 'Agents Of Change' arrives on June 2, so expect a few mentions and songs from it during their set, plus plenty more punchy rock-pop three-minuters with youthful verve from the Brighton trio.

Camden Rocks - this your first time 'rocking Camden'?

No, not at all! We've had the pleasure of 'rocking Camden' many times at Proud and The Monarch as well as what used to be the Barfly, now Camden Assembly, and also The Hawley Arms. Our gig at The Hawley was actually from the last Camden Rocks and it was such a great place to play, not to mention was an honour to play where so many music legends had passed through.

Do you have any special treats planned for your festival fans on the day?

Well we might do, we might not....who's to say. We like to keep our fans guessing!

Do you have a different focus playing festivals to a standard gig?

Well, standard gigs are much more intimate which allows you to develop a real relationship with the crowd eye to eye, which is much more difficult at festivals. In a tiny sweaty room where the stage is often only inches off the floor you can really harness the energy between the band and audience. However, we'll be playing in some cozy venues at Camden Rocks so won't be much different really.

Where will you be playing and time?

Dingwalls Canal Side at 6pm.

What is your favourite song in your set?

Oooo, that's a hard one. It almost always tends to be the newest one as it's the freshest and you're most excited about it. But if we had to choose it would probably be the song we usually finish with, 'I Wanna Work In Abercrombie & Fitch' 'cos it's a really simple, full pelt, blast-it-out tune that lets you go nuts and let it all loose for the ending.

What do you like best about festival gigs?

We quite like the chaos of it all: the noise, the people, going from gig to gig. They also always have a close community feel, like you've ran away and joined some crazy music cult or discovered some amazing place that only you and the people there know about while the rest of the world carries on unknowing of this special place.

Ever had a festival disaster?

Yes, and we try not to talk about it but here goes.

We where supporting Rudimental and Wolf Alice at the Pilton Party a few years ago and we were already pretty bloody nervous, as you can imagine. Then when we went on stage, the guitarist broke a string on the very first chord he played so had to run off mid song to get it sorted. Then his spare guitar wouldn't work properly, the bass started going in and out on one of the songs, and the drummer started playing the wrong song and messed up the whole order of the set list.

We've had bad gigs before and we'd always chat and hug it out together after, but no one said a word in the dressing after that. But we recovered and got a great pep talk from the Wolf Alice drummer too!

Can you remember the first festival you ever went to as a punter?

Yes, very vividly. I was 17, it was Bestival and we drove all the way there in my mate's car which was a tiny banged up car from the 70s called a Triumph Herald. I singed my eyelashes trying to light a cigarette with a jacked up lighter. Loved it.

Before or after the crowds catch your set at Camden Rocks, who else would be your festival must-see tip?

If you want to catch other great upcoming new guitar bands then I would definitely recommend catching Sisteray and Berries. We've had the pleasure of playing alongside both of them and they're absolutely cracking!

Who else will you try and see on the day?

Apart from the above, we'll be trying to catch Asylums and our friends Fazerdaze who we recently finished a support tour with and had such a great time. Also The King Blues and of course Feeder. Really wanna be there to head bang on the 'CD PLAYER PLAYER PLAYER!' part of 'Buck Rogers'.  

(Questions answered by vocalist and guitarist Jack Valero)

Find out more about The RPMs here

For tickets and further information on Camden Rocks, head here.

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