As we have previously discussed, the music I fall for has gritty guitar tones and drums that hit the beat heavy; vocals that sound like they were out last night and dirty denim jeans.
It was walking up Milsom Street in Bath, that this exact description, rained out of the sky. Rudy Warman and the Heavy Weather were busking.
The sound could be heard from the bottom of the hill and spat tension and aggression from every angle. The song they were playing reminded me of the build up in ‘Fire’ by Kasabian (minus the 90’s synths). I was enticed by the sound as soon as it ambushed my eardrum. The song they were playing sounded like danger.
There was nothing amateur about their set up or their delivery. And there was nothing repetitive either; it was loud, in your face and impossible to neglect. I couldn’t resist but write about them.
They are organic produce of Folkestone and travel up and down our island, as well as a variety of European destinations. Performing to all souls with whom they cross paths. More recently Rudy Warmen and the Heavy Weather have toured France, Germany and the Netherlands, where I am told they indulged in the cycling culture and a selection of local delicacies.
‘We had one days notice for the Mad Hatter’s festival in France, the van broke down on the way, but we had an amazing time and ended up touring Nantes as well.’
Interestingly they don’t simply market their music but they also promote healthy living and their positive philosophy of life. On their website they have included recommendations of various handy products to improve your day to day life, including a water distiller and a very gorgeous company that make vegan guitar straps (Righton straps for reference).
When listening to some of their radio interviews the band spoke of the importance of love, and the messages of peace and kindness they wanted to infect their listeners with. The music is incredibly successful in translating emotion into sound; ‘Lullaby’ in particular strums your heartstrings in a beautiful sequence of miner chords. While, ‘Gazelle’ musically kicks up an angry despair towards the end with dramatic percussion and vocals. All three volumes in my opinion are an exhibition of emotional excellence, despite the critical comments that came from the horses’ mouth.
‘As a group of artists from the South Coast of England
We see the sea, the trees and the sky and all the earthlings passing by.
We spread love with music and music with love.
We are the children of the moon and sun.
When you think it’s over, you’ve really just begun.’
https://rudywarman.bandcamp.com Listen to, and buy all three volumes from their bandcamp page, they really are amazing and will be the perfect Christmas present (or anytime of the year present) for anyone who likes home grown, organic earthy music.
Incredibly they do everything from writing, to production, to tour organisation themselves. They do not require a middleman, or expensive studio engineers to bring out the best in their sound. They have nurtured a true talent into a career without succumbing to the sad materialism of Hollywood and show business.
I asked them where they like to play, and touchingly they stated ‘anywhere’.
‘A lot of our music has been recorded in bedrooms, basements, bathrooms… Anywhere that gives a good natural resonance, but we’ll play anything, anywhere, anytime’.
My British question for them was: custard creams or bourbons? Bourbons have been concluded the winners! Because, (fun fact) bourbons are vegan! Who knew, that that delicious chocolaty cream contains no cream at all.
The name of this band fits like a winter glove, as they bring together every element a dedicated listener deserves to experience. Earth, air, fire and water. Let the storm rage on.
Next gigs are:
|November 5th The Churchill Tavern, Ramsgate|
|December 29th The Chequers, Sevenoaks
Additionally, the 9th of December will see the launch of their latest EP at the Quarterhouse in Folkestone, here are some links for tickets and the event page:
Facebook (go and like): https://www.facebook.com/Rudy.Band.Music/
‘Sweet’ Music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLo9sFlaVXY
Have a goosy