Brighton based trio The RPMs will release their debut EP ‘Digital Disobedience’ on 24 June 2016 through Xtra Mile Recordings. The EP is released on 12” vinyl as well as digital download. Preorders are available now from the XMR shop or digital download via iTunes, with lead single ‘I Don’t Like It’ available instantly on all digital preorders. Listen to it below.
The four-track EP encapsulates the sound, style, and even smell of The RPMs home-grown gritty, rock tinged sound. Their main track 'I Don't Like It' pitches you the rough and ready anger of youth with tunes you can hum, beats you can tap and lyrics you can sing in the shower. Inspired by the past but built for the future, their sound lends itself a timeless pop feel. 'I Think It's Stupid, But I Think It’s Love' pushes this home with it’s juxtaposition between romance and reality, and has already gained airplay and 'Track Of The Day' on BBC Introducing South.
Jack Valero (lead vocals and guitar), Miguel Cosme (bass and backing vocals) and Callum James (drums and backing vocals) are The RPMs. Inspired by the classic and enduring music 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. The track 'I Wanna Work In Abercrombie and Fitch' again stays true to this by combining social commentary with a catchy chorus and 'Down That Road Again' is just there for you to dance like no one is watching....and you're ever so slightly drunk.
The latter track 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 as well as bagging them their first BBC Introducing South 'Track of the Day'.
Following a recent run of dates supporting The Beat, The RPMs will tour the country and beyond throughout 2016. Continuing to win over audiences, as they've done already at Glastonbury, Brighton's The Great Escape, opening XMR's summer party at The Monarch in July 2015 and supporting Wolf Alice and Rudimental at Pilton Party at the behest of The Godfarmer himself, Michael Eavis.
Confirmed tour dates so far:
16 Lewes @ Union Music Store (Record Store Day)
21 Brighton @ Prince Albert
13 Camden @ Monarch
27 Brighton @ Zooberon
4 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” - Redrospective