Bristol alt-rockers RXPTRS are gearing up to release their debut single next month! We asked the band to take on our A-Z challenge so we could find out more!
A song that made you want to make music?
Pardon Me by Incubus
Best rider you’ve ever had?
We haven’t actually played any real gigs yet, we have done house shows, we kinda brought the rider there. Great amount of rum.
Craziest thing you’ve experienced in the band?
The turn out to the house party, we put out some feelers as a new band and the reaction was insane.
You can see the footage in the new video for our single ‘Bound‘
Deepest lyric one of your songs features?
The entire song ‘Parasites‘. I wrote about the music industry itself, and the decline of popular rock and
how naive I used to be in thinking you could save it with one clenched fist.
Easiest song you wrote?
‘Bound‘ our new single came together really quickly, so so much fun to write.
Favourite song in your set?
I’d say Bound again
Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?
This is a heated one within the band, it ranges from Trent Reznor to Seal, I think the majority vote
would say Mike Shinoda, he’s multi-talented and seems like a legend.
Hardest thing about being in a band?
Weighing up work and touring. It’d be great to do it full time, but finances!
Interesting fact about one of your members?
Ian created a club night in Bristol which has escalated over the last couple years and he’s put on his
own festival, Fat Lip Fest.
Jokes you have in the band?
Mainly Dad jokes and puns. It’s tumbleweed city in our place.
Key to writing a song?
To us it’s about going in with pure intention, a good theme and with a clear head. We love all sorts of bands but don’t listen to anything while writing. We try to keep it unique and not be too heavily influenced by anyone in particular.
Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?
Our first show will be in Glasgow in Feb, so we’ll be travelling from Bristol straight there.
Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?
The Linkin Park guys were inspiring for all members in some form, I saw them when I was young and the show was unreal.
New band you’d recommend?
I would highly recommend Phoxjaw from our hometown, Bristol.
Opening for this band would be ideal?
System of a Down
Place you’d most like to tour?
Too tough, we want to hit the world over. I imagine a Japanese tour would be super fun though.
Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?
‘I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his
time.’ – Orson Welles
Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?
‘Bound‘ it’s a metaphor for being trapped in an abusive relationship but also refers to
BDSM aspects of said relationship.
See us live at?
Our debut tour kicks off 18th Feb in Glasgow!!
The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?
I do love reading about the ‘good ol’ days’ but there are so many good aspects about
contemporary music that get dismissed in the argument.
We haven’t got much unusual stuff to sell at the moment but we’ve actually had someone make a coat rack for us, which was awesome of them.
Variations you’d like to do of any of your songs?
I’d love to do dance mixes of all our songs. Get them in the club.
What do your fans mean to you?
The entire world, we’ve had an unreal reception since we launched. People really are passionate about music and it’s touching to be a part of their passion.
Xrays or any other treatments needed for band related injuries?
We’ll let you know after tour.
You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?
Rocket League has been the cause of lateness for a few members actually. I’m gonna say Harley.
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?
A mixture of zoo and aquarium animals really, like an OctoBear.