Stop The Rain
Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Stop The Rain find out more about them…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
The band consists of: Lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Blair Davie (17), lead guitarist Leonard Crainie (19) (who is the newest addition to the band, joining only in January), bass player Sam Flood (18), keys and synth player Ben Muir (17) and drummer Kyle Fummey (17). We're primarily based in Perthshire, and we formed as the result of a school music competition in which Blair and our previous guitarist and singer Sam Steele (who is currently studying in America) took part in by writing some original music to perform. We decided we would record the music along with another former member named Chris Blair who played saxophone and keys, as well as Kyle on the drums. One of the songs recorded for the original first EP entitled 'Save My Life' had the lyrics 'I can't seem to stop the rain' and from this, we decided to call ourselves 'Stop The Rain'.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up, we were inspired by artists and bands of all different genres including Mumford and Sons, Eric Clapton, McFly, Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins. Nowadays I'd say our music taste has very much rubbed off on each other; we're all big fans of a lot of Scottish music like Fatherson, Twin Atlantic, The Xcerts, Prides, Biffy Clyro, as well as other bands from all over like The 1975, Kings of Leon and Nothing But Thieves.
How would you describe your sound?
Our sound has changed a lot since the beginning, but now we've definitely found ourselves in the alternative rock genre, with hints of pop and indie in the mix.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest single is called 'Everend' and lyrically it's about reflecting on the idea of commitment and the concept of forever. If something could last forever, as much as you may want it to, then maybe it's all you would ever know and would be the end of learning and experiencing anything different. Musically we wanted it to be something people could dance to as well as something we'd have a lot of fun playing live. It has an element of pop in the midst of our rock heavy influence.
What’s your local music scene like?
The scene in Perth is a very friendly one, everyone knows everyone and because of that it isn't hard to put on a show or get a support slot. We all just love listening to and playing music. There aren't an abundance of music venues in Perth but that doesn't stop bands from the area putting on a packed show.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We have some shows and some support slots lined up that we're excited to announce, as well as new music.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
We'd definitely love to create a track with one of our favourite bands like Twin Atlantic or Fatherson, but we're also big music fans in general so the idea of creating a track with a rapper or a remixer would be something we'd jump straight on!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We once played at a small community festival called 'Braemar Night' that is a celebration that takes place in a place called Blairgowrie that happens before the Braemar Games. Halfway through our set the generator packed in and we were left with no power, luckily it was soon resolved only to blow once more just before the end of our set! I feel as though this was well deserved as the previous year we had played at the same festival, Blair told the crowd how lovely it was to play our first gig in Braemar, completely forgetting we were actually performing in Blairgowrie, nowhere near Braemar.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
I think right now, we just want everyone to know about our new single! We're super proud of it and really excited to release new music soon.