Described by the BBC as a ‘spookily young Brighton trio with killer melodies and an Arctic Monkeys rasp’ prepare to welcome to your record collection: The RPMs.
Emerging from the current Brighton scene that has also birthed contemporaries including Black Honey and Fickle Friends, The RPMs gathered early plaudits in 2016 for the promise shown on their debut EP ‘Digital Disobedience’ with plays on Huw Stephens’ BBC Introducing, John Kennedy’s Shock of the New (Radio X), tipped by 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson on 6 Music Recommends and featured new band of the week, shows at Glastonbury Festival BBC Intro and PRS stages, plus a host of ‘track of the day’ features from the likes of BBC Intro South, Clash, Gigslutz, Record Of The Day and more.
With their foundations formed in Dorset by childhood friends Jack Valero (lead vocals, guitar) Callum James (drums and backing vocals), they were joined by Miguel Cosme on bass and backing vocals after a move to Brighton. They emerged from their early sessions with lyrics that had something to say, a sound laced with melodic licks and ambitions to mix it up with their own contemporary influences.
A slot at Glastonbury Festival’s Pilton Party after winning the new band competition, provided the launch-pad for their debut single. Picking tried-and-tested live favourite “I Don’t Like It”, the track was picked up immediately by BBC Intro South. Earning praise on radio from the likes of venerated indie gurus Tom Robinson and Steve Lamacq on 6 Music, Huw Stephens on Radio 1 BBC Introducing, a coveted slot on John Kennedy’s Shock of the New show on Radio X, plus a welcome from the online community for their youthful promise, the track was hailed by Clash magazine as “a brattish salute to refusal, to the gentle art of making up your own damn mind”,.
With Digital Disobedience their debut EP released in June 2016, the trio channel the confidence and confusion of youth across four tracks, with live favourite and all purpose ‘just say no’ song ‘I Don’t Like It’; against the head-over-heels pop perfection of ‘I Think It’s Stupid, But I Think It’s Love’ (scoring a second Track of the Day on BBC Introducing South); their challenge to the body fascism of ‘Abercrombie And Fitch’ and the cruising pedal-to-the-metal anthemia of “Down That Road’.
With shows following at Glastonbury 2016 BBC Introducing Stage, Camden Rocks, This Feeling – the much-celebrated taste maker indie club night, 2000 Trees, Beautiful Days and some heavy grass roots gigging, the band have been busy honing their craft, and readying themselves for the next chapter with new songs, a bigger on-stage sound with the addition of James Hunt on guitar and continuing to win over new fans in the most unlikely places, including the likes of the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer from the equally legendary KROQ FM proclaiming “they’re my new favourite band!” to his listeners.
With the release of their follow up EP in 2017 coming soon, keep your eyes and ears peeled as the band road test new material at a venue near you…
“Crackin’ band” Mike Walsh Radio X
“A bunch of lads with an ear for a great tune” Steve Lamacq BBC 6 Music
” They took the BBC Introducing stage by storm at Glastonbury 2016″ Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music
“It is great to finally see real guitar music making a breakthrough, and even better to know this band are at the front of it – The RPMs are set to be one of the best up and coming bands of 2017, and are definitely worth seeing live.” Optica Magazine
“We’re so thankful that British guitar music is again seeing gritty teens and early-20s create simple, feel-good anthems that sound superb on record but beg to be heard in a sweaty venue“. Record Of The Day
“an indie band not afraid of a good pop tune”, a statement that has strong backing if you listen to their latest EP, Digital Disobedience. With backing from radio stations across the country, 2017 will be a big step for The RPMs on the road to success” SmokeMag University Westminster SU Ones To Watch 2017
“Ridiculously young but somehow manage to combine that thrill of early works from Arctic Monkeys, The La’s and even The Who” Record Of The Day
“This is simply raw energetic pop that’s Instant, urgent and vital.” Record Of The Day
“The new track from Brighton outfit The RPMs, it’s a brattish salute to refusal, to the gentle art of making up your own damn mind. “CLASH
“They stand out from their peers by virtue that they have a real ‘classic’ sound already“ Shindig
“Such an explosive set from The RPMs on Saturday night at Glastonbury, a band to believe in” BBC Introducing
“They’re my new favourite band!” - Rodney Bingenheimer aka Rodney on the ROQ, KROQ FM