photo and words by gregor farquharson (@grgratlntc)
Working with producer Bruce Rintoul (Twin Atlantic, Vistas, Fatherson), releasing a stunning EP and having a lineup change? That is exactly what life is like for Scottish rock outfit Stop The Rain at the moment. Catching up with Blair (Vocals, Guitar), Kyle (Drums) and new lead guitarist Leonard, we chatted about the last few months and how important they have been.
Coming from Perth, the five-piece don’t get to the city as much as they would like to. Glasgow is undoubtedly a hugely influential place for many young musicians and building a fan base here is important for the five-piece.
B: We’re still working on it. It’s taken us a while to sell the tickets for Glasgow as no ones wanted to travel over so we have kinda had to rely on trying to pack the places ourselves. A lot of that is down to having good support bands. I do feel we are finally starting to make Glasgow fans and are definitely making progress.
L: I actually moved to Fife a couple of months ago but a lot of my good friends are in and around Glasgow. I have a couple of them coming tonight so that’s always good. Thanks, guys! *laughs*
Grinding and gigging is the best method to accumulate a fan base and while you may assume they’d rather be back home playing, that isn’t the case; as Kyle put it, the Perth scene largely consists of 18 plus venues whereas Glasgow is a lot more accessible considering they’re only 17.
While they might be a young band, Stop The Rain are already being presented with massive opportunities, such as getting to work with the aforementioned legendary local producer Bruce Rintoul on a single:
B: It was honestly one of the best studio experience we [as a band] have ever had. We have never had a producer who has been so hands-on – he was really involved throughout the process and such a cool guy to work with.
K: Yeah totally agree with Blair. It was nice how he threw himself into the track and just went that extra mile for us.
Moving forward, the band recently gained a new guitarist in the form of Leonard to add to the powerhouse unit. Gigwise, Leonard’s onstage presence, and skill didn’t go unnoticed – the enjoyment was easily seen on his face, as it was for the rest of the band. The boys are all very hopeful for what the future has in store with the rejuvenated lineup:
B: I’m not sure it will affect us, but Leo has brought a new life into the band.
L: Yeah it will affect us man, I’m leaving tomorrow! *laughs*
B: He has brought funny vibes, good chat and he is an awesome guitar player so I think you will see our riffs become more technical. It seems we are going for a more poppy sound and I’m taking up all the vocals now so you will hear a lot more of me now.
K: Leo has brought a style to the band. We have never had a style, now we do. Basically, Leo is now the face of Stop The Rain.
L: That’s inspiring!
We wrapped up the interview talking about the bands’ EP Sinking (here’s our glowing review for reference) and how the positive comments made the band feel, and grow stronger as a unit.
B: It was great folk could hear a collection of songs rather than just singles, but all in all, we were blown away by the feedback we got. We gained a lot of true fans.
K: Yeah it was really nice to release more than one song. I mean, singles are good but having more than one song is better. It’s really great now to play more song people want to hear. Before we would play our set and people weren’t getting into it as much until we played Home Is Where My Heart Is, and then they would engage.
Being such a young band, Stop The Rain still have a lot to learn and a lot of time to do so. Yet, being a bunch of 17-year-olds and playing gigs in different cities, as well as having a full EP out, is nothing to roll your eyes out and is a dazzling achievement for the boys. The band are ready to take on whatever is thrown at them and with this new lineup, they show no signs of slowing down.
Catch the band at broadcast on the 6th of February, supporting Casey Lowery. Tickets available on the band’s website.