Introducing: The Rainband

Manchester outfit The Rainband support The Lines in Birmingham tomorrow night (May 5) and will be co-headlining the rest of the tour with them. We caught up with guitarist Phil Rainey to find out more.

So, for those who don’t know you, what are The Rainband all about?

We’re a four piece Manchester band who have been together two years. Martin (lead vocals), Phil (lead guitar), Steveo (loud drums!) and Daggers (bass).

And how did you all first get together?

Myself and Martin had known each other for a good few years and always talked about doing something musical together. We both had various projects on with other bands though, so it never materialised back then. I think this helped though, when we did finally get together to start writing and recording it clicked straight away and we haven’t looked back since. We wrote and released some demo stuff for the first 6 months then we’re finally joined by Steve on drums and Daggers on bass have propelled the sound to the next level.

You’ve been making quite a noise in your native Manchester for a while, does it feel like things are starting to happen for you elsewhere in the country now as well?

It’s always difficult to make the break out of your home town or city, but over the last year we are now seeing the benefits of touring the country in the early days. We have some very committed fan groups in Glasgow, London, Leeds and the East Midlands and it’s no coincidence that these are places we’ve toured extensively over the last few years.

Looking forward to touring with The Lines?

Very much so. We met the guys during ours (and their’s) tour with Ocean Colour Scene last year and it’s always nice to meet like minded artists. Apart from being top notch musicians they’re also really likeable and down to earth.

How did you guys get to know each other initially?

It really all started during the December 2011 tour with Ocean Colour Scene. We had a few beers backstage in Wolverhampton, which is their hometown, and talked about getting together in the new year and doing some gigs. It then turned into a full blown joint UK tour which is great for everyone.

Do you think you’ll still get on as well after a while on the road together??

Ha Ha… hopefully! I think having met and discussed the tour with The Lines and their management we all get on very well.

How rock and roll are your travel plans for the tour?

We’re hiring a tour bus that sleeps 10 which I’m very much looking forward to. Our usual bus (as good as it is) doesn’t have any beds so after a gig in London or Glasgow you always feel like you do after a long haul flight the next morning. Now we can all sleep our post gig hangovers off and wake up in a new city ready to go again.

I hear you’ll be tossing a coin for who headlines the other dates after Birmingham, could that end in tears/violence?

No it’ll all be fair and square although I’ve heard rumours of double sided coins already being ordered. Maybe we should have a penalty shoot out for one of the gigs just to prove where the real hot-bed of football talent is in this country.

In an era of over-produced pop, it must be refreshing to see a line-up of ‘proper’ bands can still pull in the punters?

I think live is where it’s at for bands like us and The Lines. There’s no hiding place live on stage and guitar based music can still pull the punters in live.

And what have you got planned for the rest of the year, more touring, writing, recording?

This is our first major tour since December when we supported Ocean Colour Scene during seven dates followed by our own headline gig at The HMV Ritz, Manchester to an near capacity crowd. We’ve been busy writing and recording during the last few months and our due to release our next single Rise Again in June. All proceeds for the single will go to The Marco Simoncelli Foundation charity in Italy. We’re all really into MotoGP and were horrified at what happened to Simoncelli during the Malaysian GP last year. We’re going to play live at the British MotoGP at Silverstone in June so this will be our next focus after this tour.

Have you played much in Birmingham or the West Midlands before?

To be honest it’s an area we’ve not played as much as some of the others mentioned above. The obvious exceptions are Wolverhampton Civic with Ocean Colour Scene and some dates in and around the Shropshire area. I can’t wait to play Birmingham though. The crowds around here are really passionate about good live music. I spent three great years in the area at uni so know just how good these venues are from the other side of the stage.

For those that haven’t seen you before, what can we expect on May 5?

Loud, melodic, live music! We can’t wait.

Brum Notes Presents The Lines with The Rainband, Black Market Empire and The British Kicks is at the O2 Academy 2, Birmingham, on Saturday, May 5. Limited number of tickets still available fromĀ here.

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Full tour dates for The Rainband and The Lines co-headline tour:

5th May O2 Academy 2, Birmingham

6th May Mountain Ash Inn, Cardiff

8th May EPIC, Norwich

9th May Civic Hall, Shildon

10th May Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

11th May Maggie Mays, Glasgow

12th May Future Perfect Festival, Manchester

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