Xtra Mile Recordings are proud to welcome Brighton-based trio The RPMs to the roster and plans are already forming for an incredible year for the young band.
The RPMs are Jack Valero (lead vocals and guitar), Miguel Cosme (bass and backing vocals) and Callum James (drums). Taking the classic and enduring sounds of Tom Petty, The La's, Arctic Monkeys and The Who, with their stripped back sound they describe themselves as a rock band not afraid of a good pop tune.
Their track 'Down That Road Again' (produced by Tristan Ivemy – listen on Spotify) was featured on 2015's Xtra Mile High Club Vol. 6 – the sixth annual label compilation of roster favourites and newer acts – and was promptly picked up by 6Music's Tom Robinson for his Mixtape show and BBC Introducing South as Track of the Day.
After that success, Tristan and the band teamed up again to record four tracks for a debut EP due out in the summer. More information on that to come!
Speaking on the signing, Managing Director of Xtra Mile Recordings, Charlie Caplowe says: “Ever since we discovered The RPMs, adding them as an unsigned favourite to our last Xtra Mile High Club compilation, we’ve been beavering away madly behind the scenes to get to this moment. We are over the moon to announce the signing of the lads to the Xtra Mile family.”
And of their signing, The RPMs said "We're incredibly excited to be given the opportunity to work with the fantastic Xtra Mile team. We are proud to take our place on the family tree and can't wait to see where it takes us!"
Following a small run of dates in Brighton, Liverpool and Leicester supporting The Beat late last year, The RPMS will tour the country and beyond throughout 2016. It's in the live arena that hearts are won, which they've done at Glastonbury, Brighton's The Great Escape, and opening XMR's summer party at The Monarch in July 2015. They also supported Wolf Alice and Rudimental at the Pilton Party at the behest of The Godfarmer himself, Michael Eavis.
Confirmed tour dates so far:
12 Bishops Stortford @ URC Hall
17 Worthing @ Forty Two
25 Harpenden @ Public Hall
26 Camden @ Barfly(Camden Rocks Presents)
07 Dorchester @ Corn Exchange
08 Reading @ Sub89
09 Southampton @ The Brook
16 Lewes @ Union Music Store (Record Store Day)
04 Camden @ The Hawley Arms (Camden Rocks)
“Blending rock’n’roll with a little pop, don’t be surprised if you see more of them very soon” - Retrospective