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INTERVIEW: Funk-soul sociopaths BROTHERS RASPUTIN

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Pretty good, just got back from a little tour in Slovakia, great times, great people, cheap booze. taken a while to recover, but we’re back in the swing of it now.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Been Meaning to Say”?

We were lucky enough to get our unofficial fourth member Mike McEvoy on keys, so were able to record the frame of the track  live,  to tape, which gives a great, natural feel, and a real nice, warm sound. Out 22nd July.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I moved to Paris, and was enveloped with a new environment and strangers and a new language. Having lived in London for 13 years, you forget how completely anonymous and detached you feel when you go to a new place. Though I did grow to love that anonymity and facelessness after a while, you’ve got nothing to lose.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yeah, we have some good ideas, and a friend agreed to do it, but he went on tour with his band and we haven’t got round to finding a replacement yet. I should get on that, actually…

How was the recording and writing process?

I write and demo all the stuff at home, I did this one on a Tascam 8 track cassette recorder. I love how it limits you, forces you to put in just what you need. After that, we jammed it out, and it went unusually smoothly,so when Mike came in it came together really fast. We went to Eastcote studios in Kensal Rise, which has a real unstuffy, old school feel to it. They’ve got a 2″ tape machine, which is great, so, as I said, we did a few live takes to tape-guitar, bass, drums and hammond- and it was there. They’ve got a super nice old hammond there, its such a rich, versatile instrument. We spent a bit more time at Air Edel working out backing vocals and doing guitar and percussion overdubs, but didn’t want to put too much in there. Last, but not least, I found an ace cartoon spring noise that makes me smile everytime I hear it.

Does London plays a role in your sound?

Having lived in London longer than anywhere else, it’s bound to, but it’s really just that it gives you access to so much good stuff. It really is a bottomless pit of all manner of great music. Me and Nick grew up in Stafford, and you had to travel to Birmingham or at least Wolverhampton to see anyone except a local band, so moving from that to London was a real eye opener. I’ve never got bored of it, not surprisingly.

What aspects of Brit-Pop do you like to explore with your music?

In all honesty, I never got into Britpop, the whole thing passed me by. At that time I was listening to stuff like the Butthole Surfers, Beck and Porno for Pyros. Nick is a big Ian Brown fan though, and I did love his first album Unfinished Monkeybusiness, so maybe the influence is in there.

How’s your new EP coming along?

Very nicely, thanks. We were lucky enough to get some of the horn players from the Charles Mingus Big Band in, as Mike knows a couple of them, and they were in town playing at Ronnie Scotts. Awe inspiring to see such studied and instinctive players at work, it was a great session. We just did another session at Eastcote, so just have to put the whole thing together now. I’d like to link it all together as I did onour first EP, Breadcrumb Trail. I always liked records like that, that never stop.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Well, the singles out on the 22nd July, so, hopefully before the end of August. No concrete date yet though, still working on it!

Any plans to hit the road?

We just got back from Slovakia, so are still recovering from that, but we’ve got the single launch at he Finsbury on the 23rd, and a night in Mikes manor at the Ramsgate Music Hall on 17th September, a great venue with a tight knit crowd that Mikes played at a few times. After all the legworks done for the EP, we’ll try to head north for a few, maybe Manc, Bristol where Nick went to uni, the Jam in Notts again, if theyll have us.

What else is happening next in Brothers Rasputin’s world?

Got our hands full at the mo finishing this EP and getting the vids and stuff done, but we never really stop, so onto the next one, keep writing, keep playing. We did a bit of stuff for TV and played on a film. That was fun, totally different kind of thing, so try and do some more of that. Got to keep busy…

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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