Posted On 05 Jul 2018
Get to know the Prestonpans, East Lothian-based band called The Rah’s. They have a brand new single out called “Survival.”
This indie-alt five-piece draw music inspiration from Jimi Hendrix, Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles and even The Rolling Stones. They formed in 2011 by Jack McLeod, Jordan McIntyre, Neale Gray and Andrew McLeod and in 2017, they added Lee Brown to the lineup.
The Rah’s are known for their energetic rock style and incredible live show. After years of exploring new sounds and their very own song evolution, they have created an in-your-face, straight up Rock & Roll gem with “Survival”
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Learn more about The Rah’s in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time, The Rah’s! So how has 2018 been treating you all?
It’s been good so far, we’ve been very busy, writing, planning and recording.
What is one musical goal that you have had for this year and how close are you to reaching it?
Our aim this year is to get our music out there to a bigger audience and spread the word, we have just released our new single ‘Survival’ and so far it seems to be going to plan, lots of radio plays across the world.
Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be in this group together? Has anything surprised you about it all so far?
That moment was a long time ago and we’ve definitely came a long way.
How difficult was it to come up with your band name? What other names were you considering?
We wrote names we had in mind and pretty much put them on the dart board and every dart hit ‘The Rah’s’ it was the only one we liked so it’s good that we are all great at darts! We also had another name in mind think it was ‘Fire Exit’.
How do you think your hometown has influenced the sound and how you all carry yourselves in this group? If you don’t think that it has, why is that?
We don’t think it has really influenced the band sound much, but if it wasn’t for Prestonpans ‘The Rah’s’ wouldn’t exist.
How do you think that this group has grown since you first formed in 2011? What has remained the same? How did bringing Lee Brown to the band change the dynamics?
We’ve came on a lot, we have evolved quite a bit, our sound has definitely matured. The sound we have now, we are all happy with, we enjoy playing it and writing new tunes, bringing keyboard into the band has developed the sound a lot, adds more atmosphere to the tracks.
Let’s talk about the new music that you recently released. What was the inspiration for your track, “Survival”? How does it compare to anything else that you have previously released?
The inspiration of the original lyrics to the track were inspired by the people around us, friends, family, work etc. We then took the track into the studio and it’s got chopped up and edited a bit, for the best.
This track is definitely our biggest and most powerful track, musically, to date. We experimented with a lot of different sounds when in the studio and this was pretty much the outcome!
When do you hope to release more new music and a full collection of new songs?
We have some other tracks recorded, we hope to follow ‘Survival’ with another track very soon. Take it from there.
Where do you think you are all happiest- in the studio recording new music, on stage performing or elsewhere?
Bit of both, we enjoy making music in the studio, and then playing it live to make it worthwhile. We really enjoy the van life to be honest!
Do you have any upcoming tour dates this summer that you would like to tell our readers about?
We have a gig in Inverness ‘Xponorth’ and more to follow.
How do you think being musicians and in this band gives you all the most joy in life today?
Rock n Roll, it’s a way of life.
We are currently living through a very trying and politically charged time right now so I am curious to know how your own music is reflecting this time period? If you don’t think it is, why is that? Would you say that other musicians are making music that has been influenced by this climate?
It could come across politically at some points but that’s not the main aim of the tracks, we like the fans and listeners to make up there own mind on what the songs mean, relate to the lyrics with their own memories and scenarios.
How important do you think social media has been to this band? Do all you help to maintain all your sites or is one of you more into it all? Or do you rely on your PR/management team to handle it?
We control our social media outlets to try keep the fans up to date but it’s not as good as it used to be, it’s became more profit orientated.
Who would you love to work with in the future? Who are some of your favorite artists right now? What do you think would be a dream collaboration for this group?
We would love to share a studio with Josh Homme and Stone Cold Steve Austin ‘The Rattlesnake’ and Diego Maradona.
Rock n roll, cans and Peruvian rugs would be a dream collaboration for us.
If you guys were all going to be stranded on a deserted island, what musical item would you want to take with you and why?
A set of bagpipes so we can learn how to play them, either that or a record player and unlimited amounts of records.
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?
Enjoyment, adrenaline, passion and good vibes only!
Where can our readers connect with this group?
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, via our website.