New single ‘Let Things Happen’ raises the bar significantly for this young Brighton band. Following the success of their previous single, ‘Your Ghost’, ‘Let Things Happen’ is cast firmly in the mould of classic indie pop, fusing contemporary songwriting sensibilities with the fluttering sounds of lush keyboards interwoven with melodic, ringing guitars. Speaking of the new single, singer Jack Valero said, “It’s written about how sometimes in life you just have to sit back and go with the flow and is very much based on where we are as a band right now. You face many difficult obstacles in life especially when you’re in a band and it’s all about how you overcome them and carry on, just like it says in the chorus ‘Pick up and start again’. It’s a positive message to not allow yourself to be defeated and also to remember sometimes to let go and live in the moment instead of trying to control it."
The RPM’s emerged from the Brighton scene that has also birthed contemporaries Black Honey and Fickle Friends. The band was formed in Dorset by childhood friends Jack Valero (lead vocals, guitar), Callum James, (drums and backing vocals). Following a move to Brighton they were joined by Miguel Cosme on bass and gained early momentum in 2016 for their debut EP, ‘Digital Disobedience, followed by their second EP in 2017, ‘Agents of Change’ released via Xtra Mile Recordings. Inspired by the support of singles ‘Oh My God’ and ‘Things I Forgot To Do’, The RPM’s expanded to a five piece, adding in Chris Bowden on keyboards and Ollie Summer on lead guitar to create a larger live sound and carve out a more ambitious sonic direction. Aided by in demand producer Gethin Pearson (Mallory Knox/Charli XCX) ‘Let Things Happens’ flows effortlessly into their steadily evolving plot together with other significant milestones: Their London debut for Abbie McCarthy - Good Karma Club, their SXSW debut; being chosen by Huw Stephens as one of his Alternative Tips for 2018; their first Radio X-Posure session and inclusion on R1’s Best Of BBC Introducing Playlist. The RPMs are set to tour extensively throughout Spring and Summer in support of ‘Let Things Happen’ and their upcoming third single for 2018, ‘Gotta Let Go’ slated for release in September via Xtra Mile Recordings.
Airplay: includes Huw Stephens (5 plays), Best Of BBC Radio 1 Introducing Playlist (9th Feb Added), Huw’s Alternative Tips for 2018, R1 Introducing Hot List, BBC Radio 1; Steve Lamacq, Chris Hawkins, Tom Robinson, Introducing Mixtape, BBC 6 Music; John Kennedy (15 plays), X-Posure Playlist - (3 weeks), One Night Stand - Live Session, Radio X; Melita Dennett, Dave Warren, Casey Heyburn, BBC Intro South; Charlie Ashcroft, Amazing Radio; Playlisting, Soundlab Radio; Morphett Radio. Blogs: Dork; Clash Magazine; Louder Than War. Spotify: Hot New Bands playlist (#5, 14 Weeks), official SXSW playlist (11 weeks).
Live dates 2018:
05 Leeds, UK @ Live At Leeds
06 Liverpool @ Liverpool Sound City
12 Southend @ Chinnerys ('Lost Minutes' w. Sean McGowan and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. pre-Lost Evenings)
14 Roundhouse @ Roundhouse (Frank Turner's Lost Evenings II – Xtra Mile Label Night)
19 Brighton @ Shortts Bar (Alternative Escape - Roger Kent for Kick Out The Jams)
27 Catton @ Bearded Theory Festival
22 Newport (Isle of Wight), UK @ Isle of Wight Festival
22 Stockport @ Stockport Blackthorn Fest
03 Edenbridge, UK @ LeeFest Neverworld
04 Edenbridge, UK @ LeeFest BBC Introducing Kent Stage (Abbie McCarthy and Casey Heyburn)
10 Peterborough, UK @ Green Meadows Festival
12 Newquay, UK @ Cornwall Boardmasters
26 Ragley Hall, UK @ Camper Calling