Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
RITN: RITN are best described as an indie/alternative/punk rock duo from Glasgow!
PD: Tell us a brief history of yourself.
RITN: Christina started the band around 2018, looking to do something different and more in her own unique style than previous projects. Since then RITN have been recording, touring and during the pandemic, Andrew joined the band as the new drummer after previously doing roadie and behind the scenes work. We’ve been friends and on-and-off collaborators for just shy of 10 years at this point so its really exciting to working together again!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
RITN: A very wide range of bands from Punk, metal to pop, westerns, middle-eastern music… variety is the spice of life and all that! We’re big film fans, Tarintino being a major mutual favourite, and music video directors such as Spike Jones, Garth Jennings, Tom Kuntz, and a bunch of others we’d love to work with some day!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
RITN: It’s mostly about gigging for us. Play some awesome shows with bands we love, and see the world while doing so. Andrew would love to do a run of shows in Japan one day as its one of his favourite places to go. We’re also looking to make an album in 2023 that we’re proud of and aim to release it on beautiful gatefold vinyl with Neon Tetra Records.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
RITN: We try to meet in the middle with writing, usually coming up with the bulk of the song while jamming out guitar riffs and beats in the studio. Christina is the lyricist who is always scribbling down ideas that often start off as short stories and poems then transition into lyrics with Andrew also making suggestions. Our latest single ‘The Common Stream of Consciousness’ is inspired by the never-ending flow of images and thoughts through the human mind, many which we never actually acknowledge “Common stream of consciousness, paints a colourful collage in my head, that no one else can see, there’s a generous social code to keep”.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
RITN: As an independent band we mostly promote RITN through social media and bands scattered across the UK that we’ve befriended. For our new single we have Lisa at Knight PR involved and RITN also has a lovely booking agent (Terri at Beating Heart Agency).
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
RITN: It’s the way of the world now, you’ve got to embrace the changes technology brings. It makes music extremely accessible to everyone, which is a positive. There’s near zero money in it for small bands, so we embrace it as a promotional tool for shows and merch now. We do this for the passion and fun!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
RITN: For Christina, it would have to be Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels) by Arcade Fire. This song really captures my imagination musically its beautiful and paints a picture of two lovers digging tunnels in the snow to find each other. It sounds silly but lyrically and instrumentally you can feel the passion as the track gradually gets louder and faster. When I first heard this track I think I listened to it over and over again to pick out all the instruments to figure out what they were doing. Its just a great track that I would have loved to have written!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
RITN: Forgetting a drum stool, or being assured there’s one at the venue then playing on a crate or a bar stool, haha! Or no monitors/poor monitor sound, so we hear everything on stage with a split-second delay bouncing from the back of the room, nightmare!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
RITN: Having Martin Metcalfe (Goodbye Mr Mackenzie, Filthy Tongues) on our single and music video for “Mon Cheri” was really cool as not only is he a Scottish legend, hes also a very talented and cool guy! RITN had the opportunity to support his bands Goodbye Mr Mackenzie and The Filthy Tongues at two of Scotland’s coolest venues was also awesome. Coming out of the pandemic and still wanting to do this is honestly a big one too, it’s been a rough time for everyone and we are excited to be back. We are also playing with Electric six at the end of 2022 which is going to awesome!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
RITN: Our new single comes ‘Common Stream of Conciseness’ is out on Friday (29th April), the first as the new line-up, and we’ve got a bunch more new songs cooking that we can’t wait to play. We’re also going on tour in May with the wonderful Jemma Freeman & The Cosmic Something from London! Longer term for this year, we’re aiming to get an album in the can and promoting that for the foreseeable.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
RITN: All our singles are available on all the major digital platforms, with some very limited copies of CDs and vinyl available from Blitzkrieg Shop in Glasgow.
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