Building to an ear-searing outpouring from singer Mitch as he delivers his verdict to opt for flight over fight, ‘Been Meaning To Say’ is a vignette about the stresses of living in a modern-day metropolis (the band are London based) and the general sense of anonymity, of being chewed up and spat out with the hordes, that such an existence can imbue. A spine-tingling meld of contagious groove and Britpop-era anthem that captures the trio on typically lithe form, it features the euphonic Hammond organ skills of regular Rasputin collaborator Mike McEvoy, a renowned jazz player and composer. The result is a big-chorused, cathartically funky release of barely coiled frustration that will act as an on-point score for the inevitable rise of temperatures and tempers as summer ’16 encroaches. Listen ‘Been Meaning To Say’ HERE
Anyone who witnesses the Brothers Rasputin live show is unlikely to forget the experience, in fact, they may even briefly find themselves part of the performance. Singer and guitarist Mitch utilises live looping techniques while prowling the stage and its surroundings, collaring, confronting and conversing with members of the audience as he delivers his spiky soprano vocals and choppy lead licks. It all engenders a Brothers Rasputin gig with a heightened sense of tension and excitement that is grounded by the band’s ability to knock out steely psychedelic funk and ethereal sonic pop that calls to mind JTQ, Cake, Franz Ferdinand and even the Bee Gees, as Nick Taylor (bass) and Rommy Turtev (drums) cement Mitch’s chops with a groovy fluidity. And this is why Rasputin offer so much more than shock value. The band’s expertise and ear for hooky, sturdy songcraft was adroitly captured on 2015 EP ‘Get Over It’, which led to the Brothers being asked to contribute material for use in smash Channel 4 series Fresh Meat. Those recording sessions at Eastcote Studios in West London led to a clutch of thrilling new material partly recorded with a formidable New York City horn section who were in London to play as part of the Mingus Big Band at Ronnie Scott’s that evening. These tracks will form the next broadside from the Rasputin canon in the form of a new EP, released as the Brothers head out to Eastern Europe (Slovakia is the homeland of the band’s rhythmic lynchpin Rommy, after all) to tour the country’s major festivals before returning home for some UK dates later in the year.