BRIGHTON power trio The RPMs talk about their 1960s influences and getting props from Public Enemy’s Chuck D.

“Jack [Valero, vocals and rhythm guitar] and Callum [Allner, drums] decided that after two years of gigging, The RPMs had outgrown the sleepy English countryside of Southwest Dorset and we should move on to pastures new – namely the Brighton Music School of BIMM. Sadly our original bassist did not come with us. We met Miguel Martins [bass] at BIMM in our first year studying. Luckily Jack and Miguel were in the same class together and became good friends. Then after a few weeks of jamming together Miguel joined The RPMs and they have been playing together ever since.

“Our main influences are older music, from the 1960s and 1970s era.

People like Tom Petty, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Byrds.

“It’s all about the live show for The RPMs. It’s definitely where we are most comfortable with loud, catchy and most importantly ‘simple’ tunes that you can dance to and stick in your head for ages after whether you wanted it to or not. The biggest show we’ve ever played is the John Peel stage at Glastonbury 2013. It was both thrilling and terrifying.

“We have recorded some demos, but we are yet to make an official release.

The connection with Chuck D came about when he visited our music school as part of a master class. At the end Callum went up to him and gave him a CD. Naturally we assumed he wouldn’t be interested, but then a few days later he sent us a tweet saying he liked our stuff. “At the moment our future plans extend as far as building a solid fan base from our gigs.

We are looking to properly record our demoed tracks and get them released. We have just completed a run of dates in and around Brighton as well as supporting The Beat at Concorde 2 last month. We are currently setting up our next run of Sussex dates which we hope will also include doing some joint shows with The Tuts, a fantastic all female punk pop band from London. Two power trios for the price of one – it’s gonna be a good night out!”

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