Headline Act: The Rhubarb

There are so many bands around that we’ve not heard of that it’s still embarrassing to have one arrive in the mailbox that’s from right on our doorstep. Welcome The Rhubarb to our confessional / interrogation chair…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

We are from sunny Glasgow, Scotland.

How did you meet?

We all met when we were studying at Riverside Music College together in 2015.

How long have you been playing as a band?

The Rhubarb has been playing since 2015 with various line ups but the current powerhouse line up of (Hannah, Michael, Sean and Jack) have been making huge riffs for the last 4 years!

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

Ahh! We never tire of this question! ‘The Rhubarb’ comes from an old technique extras on tv shows and movies would use to give the illusion they were actually talking in the background of a scene without actually making any noise. The extras would mouth “Rhubarb” over and over again to give this illusion. We thought it was very cool.

What are your influences?

We are heavily influenced by Sleep, Electric Wizard, Black Sabbath, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Acid King, Weedeater and many many more.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

We believe our blend of extremely heavy riffs/sounds, thundering drums and hauntingly clean vocals gives us that unique edge over other heavy bands! No one sounds like us, if you don’t believe us, come out to a show and witness it first-hand.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Not in particular. Our themes range anywhere from being inspired by movies, tv shows, they can sometimes be political, they can sometimes be personal. We don’t like to pigeon-hole ourselves into having to stick to certain themes all the time, if the mood strikes, sure.

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What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

We have played so many gigs it’s hard to keep track of. A stand out one would’ve been supporting Green Lung in Ivory Blacks, that was intense! Our live shows are really dynamic. Even though our riffs are heavy as an iron elephant, it’s not all that. There are nice, tasteful clean breaks and much more. Come see us to get the full effect. Still working on the stage patter though!

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

Hands down the wildest thing we’ve ever seen at one of our shows was this guy jumping over the metal barrier up at the merch tables in Ivory Blacks, landing on his back straight onto a table. He then ran into the women’s toilets. One too many of those delicious Black Metal Brewery ‘Gates Of Valhalla’ maybe?

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

Love gear talk! Jack uses a Pearl Export kit with A Custom hats, crash and sweet ride as well as a K Dark crash thin with a Pearl Demonator double kick pedal and a set of Vic Firth American Classic 5A Sticks. Hannah uses an Epiphone EB-0 bass, a Fender Jazz Bass, Orange amps and various pedals. Michael uses a Gibson Les Paul Traditional, a Balaguer Select Series Espada, Orange Amps and various pedals.

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

Our debut album Symptom Of Failure! Available on all streaming platforms and physically on March 25th. We also have a launch show in Nice N Sleazy on the same day. Come on down and fill your boots with heavy fuzzy riffs.

What are your plans for the next 6 months or so?

Just to ride the Symptom Of Failure release and gig as much and as far as possible.

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

Ooooh, this is a tricky one! The headliner would have to be Bongzilla, those guys are incredibly good and they’re all cool dudes as well. Opening for us, I’d have to say would be Ancient Of Days. Again, incredibly talented dudes and the songs are insanely awesome. Check them out on Bandcamp. We need to find a way to make this gig happen now!

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