[INTERVIEW + NEW VIDEO] The Family Rain
Bath-based brotherly trio, The Family Rain first caught our attention last year with their raw rock sound and refreshing demeanor. After a successful year releasing their debut album, touring alongside The Rolling Stones, Jake Bugg and Biffy Clyro just to name a few, and receiving acclaimed press, Ollie, Will and Timothy are back in the studio with producer Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood). "You Should Be Glad You've Got A Man" is the first single off of Hunger Sauce, their 4-track EP due out July 28. We caught up with the Walter brothers just before they headed out on the road for the aptly-named, 'Bad Weather' Tour across the UK.
Hi guys and thank you for speaking to us from across the pond. It was March of last year when I first heard "Trust Me... I'm A Genius" and that was the very moment I became a fan. A lot has happened for you guys since then, including some very well-deserved praise. Since releasing your first single, what would you say has been one of your first 'aha' moments as a band?
Hey! No problem. I guess that moment was probably when we released the song you just mentioned. There was an immediate reaction to the song that we weren't expecting and it was nice to know that people got what we were doing and were getting in to it. I think as a band we continue to look for more of those moments. That’s the idea behind the title of the EP ‘Hunger Sauce’ - we are still hungry for more of those moments as a band.
Congratulations on 2014, a successful year of releasing Under The Volcano, headlining tours and heading back into the studio. What was the most unexpected event that's come out of this whole experience?
Well, nothing ever seems to be how you imagine it, so I guess a lot of it has been unexpected. However I guess none of us would ever had guessed that we would be sharing the bill with the Rolling Stones!
You've supported both The Rolling Stones and Biffy Clyro.
If they both were to host a house party, who's party would ensue more damage and why?
Haha, good question! I think there would be an equal amount of damage but in different ways. Biffy would probably be more likely to get drunk and cause physical damage and trash the place, whereas I think the kind of substances you might consume at a Stones’ house party would leave you more emotionally damaged!
When was the moment you broke the ice to your parents about leaving that conventional 9-5 path to head out onto the road as a band?
I think they knew from a pretty early age. We've been playing music together since we were about 14 and I think they probably saw it coming. They always made sure we had those 9-5 jobs until we could make the music work full time though!
The word has surfaced that you all three once shared a room... is this still the case and please elaborate on that whole dynamic.
Haha, yes somehow we still manage to do that without killing each other! We do have another room in our house though for if one of us has a “friend” over. We have never been the type of people to do things conventionally. Rather than all live separately paying heaps of rent we are saving up our cash until we can all afford to move to farmhouses in the south of France!
What was one of your most memorable nights on the road (debaucherous or PC)?
Well I probably can’t write it all down here… let’s just say it involved a travelodge (similar to a Motel 6 i guess?), several armed police officers and a police dog… you can fill in the gaps!
When starting out, what was the most valuable advice you received from fellow musicians?
I think the advice we gained was probably more from observation rather than actual spoken advice. We were lucky enough to support a lot of established bands last year and it was great to see how they all did their thing both off and on stage. It was a great learning curve.
Growing up, what were the most influential bands that fueled your passion to become musicians?
Aside from the obvious ones we mention all the time i.e the Beatles and the Stones, it always seemed to be bands that had a very clear identity. The White Stripes, the Hives, Jimi Hendrix, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Metallica and loads more of course. Obviously these bands all have killer tunes and that’s the main thing, but they were also unmistakably themselves which I think is something we are still searching for as a band. Something that gives us a real identity.
What are the top three bands on constant rotation right now?
Well all three of us would probably have different answers, but a general mix of those would probably be Jack White, Arcade Fire and T-Rex.
Your debut Under The Volcano was recorded in Germany and contains the raucous grit we love. What should we expect from your upcoming EP Hunger Sauce?
Hopefully even more grit! I think the EP is a good snapshot of where we are right now. We had a lot of fun recording it with our good friend Tom Dalgety who recorded "Trust Me… I’m a Genius" and has recorded us since we were 15! We have mixed it up tempo wise but the EP definitely has a sound that runs through it in my opinion which as I mentioned before is something we were conscious of. We are even going to the lengths of designing all the artwork and shooting the videos ourselves so that the EP is unmistakably ‘us’.
What is in store for The Family Rain for 2014?
Well, we’re just about to head out on our ‘Bad Weather’ Tour, and the weather will be bad because we are in the UK so you can expect rain! After that we have a busy festival period which is taking us around the UK and Europe. After that I guess we’d love to get more music out by the end of the year because that’s what we love doing! We’d also love to get further afield for shows which will hopefully become more of a reality as well!
Last but not least, when will you grace us in the states with your brotherly love?
Well, sooner than you might think! There are some plans currently being discussed for our first US show that we can’t talk about yet. As soon as we can you guys will be the first to know!
Thank you Ollie, Will and Timothy for chatting to us! It's exciting tracking your progress and success as a band and seeing all of your hard work pay off. Here's to still living with our parents while we pursue our dreams, when we're off the road and temporarily 'home'...
The Family Rain: Thanks! Amen to that!
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