EMQ’s with THE RHUBARB
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Glasgow, Scotland based Stoner/Doom band The Rhubarb. Huge thanks to vocalist/bassist Hannah White for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Alright alright alright! How are we doing? My name is Hannah white, I’m vocalist and bassist of the Rhubarb. The Rhubarb formed in 2014 in Busby, Glasgow. We are a four-piece doom/stoner metal band who write and play songs about sex, love, drink and politics. We have Seán Maguire as vocalist, Michael McConville on guitar and Jack Donnelly on drums. This is our second EP release coming out.
How did you come up with your band name?
It’s a funny story actually. We were talking one time about facts during our lunch break in college break and I said that film and tv extras, during filming, constantly say the word ‘Rhubarb’ as it uses the entire mouth when pronouncing it. We said that’s it, ‘Rhubarb’!
Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?
We are from Glasgow, the music scene in Glasgow has always been amazing. We love so many bands and artists in the metal scene here. Not only do we enjoy listening to their music, we are all very close as well, as friends. And plus, to the fact, we are with Reaction Management, so many bands similar to us in the roaster, we are close with and help each other out.
What is your latest release?
Our latest release is our single ‘Drag Me To Hell’, which came out on December 4th. It is off our EP release “Black Sun”.
‘Drag Me To Hell’ (Lyric Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Oh wow, where do we begin! Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard, Hawkwind, Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, Monolord, Kadavar, Blues Pills- the list is endless! But that’s definitely our major influences, we just love that sorta sound!
What first got you into music?
Wow, I remember sitting on a toilet potty in my living room watching an old ‘The Who’ greatest hits DVD my dad had on and I was in total admiration, total awe watching this crazy noisy band go wild and even though I was a toddler I knew I loved music from that moment and wanted to be in band.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
We always said we’d love to do collaboration with Hawkwind, we really take to their style and, of course, they are legends and the music they’re still bringing out today is totally banging. We feel we could heavy them up a bit haha. But we’d deffos love to work with Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, they are out of this world!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Definitely Desertfest: every year they have the beat line-ups, the way the fans support that festival is just insane.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Haha the weirdest gift, probably a deck of fags after a gig.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Our message to our fans is always. ‘You’re the best fans ever for listening to our electrifying tunes, we salute you all forever!’
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Lemmy. He would enjoy our banter.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Let’s start off with the bad things first: the bad thing is obviously not being able to rock out 24 hours a day, seven days a week because of work commitments etc and the good thing being that what we write and play creatively is just too awesome not too: we live and breathe music.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Music industry has always been levelled for me, like it’s has its ups and it has its downs just like all artistic industries, there’s gonna be crap or good music, it’s subjective. But I feel like right now, due to the pandemic, a lot of artists and bands have been affected but it’s just about momentum and energy, just gotta keep going!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Definitely “Paranoid” by Black sabbath. It’s perfect in every way possible.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
100% vinyl. Vinyl, vinyl. VINYL! We’ve always wanted to release a vinyl. Maybe one day…!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Oh, probably our last gig in February there supporting Skeleton Gong. What a show it was! Very atmospheric, great stoner/doom bands playing and great support from our fans too.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Likely a makeup artist or an actress. But currently I work in a bar outside the band. I love that too.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
That’s a hard one but definitely, Paul McCartney, Nicola Sturgeon, Tommy Wiseau, Nicholas Cage and Ozzy Osbourne. What a dinner party that would be…
What’s next for the band?
There’s so much on the agenda especially for next year, few ideas coming your way and surprises here and there for ya all…!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Yes, plenty of links for you. Here they are:
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
See, I would call them a biscake. See what I did there…haha!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Just a massive thank you to SaN PR and Reaction Management for the best support and work ever, we are so humble and thankful. We hope y’all enjoy the release. Stay safe everyone and keep dooming and rocking. 🤘🏻
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