Interview with Rich Rutter of Toledo Steel – The Firehouse, Southampton – 13-09-2019

Rich Rutter of Toledo Steel

Interview with Rich Rutter of Toledo Steel
The Firehouse, Southampton 13-09-2019
By Lotty Whittingham

Bands like TOLEDO STEEL are ensuring the heavy metal scene still thrives. Before they took to the stage in Southampton; Lotty Whittingham caught up for a quick chat with lead vocalist Rich Rutter about their tour, their latest release and differences between the UK and European Metal scenes.

Hello Rich, thanks for joining us. First off introduce Toledo Steel to the readers?

I’m Richard Rutter from Toledo Steel, I’m the singer and we’re a traditional heavy metal band that’s based in Southampton.

Speaking of Southampton, we are at The Firehouse tonight. A local hotspot for you guys.

How has the tour been going so far?

It’s a short number of dates, it’s three shows in a row. We played the first on in Newcastle and that was a great show. It was a long drive but the scene up there is pretty consistent and we have played there before. It was a great way to start the short tour.

You also have some European tour dates after this short run?

Yeah that’s right, in two weeks’ time we’re going to Belgium again for one show and then we’re following that up with our two first shows in France. So it will be falling on the Friday in Belgium, the Saturday in a city just outside of Paris and then the Sunday in Paris.

You’ve toured Europe quite a lot, do you notice any significant differences in the metal scenes in each of the countries? For example ticket sales, audiences?

Yes there is definitely a big difference, I think the UK is good but it’s quite hit and miss. Whereas Europe on the whole tends to be more reliable with regards to getting a good turnout at shows, people are more likely to travel further to see a band that they like. In the UK, unless it’s right on their doorstep, they don’t necessarily venture out to see bands unless it’s a big name. So it’s different in Europe in a number of ways.

You must have quite a big fan base in Europe?

Yes it’s slowly building up! We just try and play as much as we can. Hopefully each time we go back, there will be a few more people. So we try and build that up slowly.

There’s also a huge heavy metal scene in Europe too?

Yes definitely. Especially in countries like Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium.

You released your debut album last year, am I right in thinking they are all brand new Toledo Steel tracks and not ones from previous EPs?

Yes that was all fresh material on that album, so it was eight new tracks. Prior to that, we had done two independent EPs. The first one was just a three track to get us started and the second one was slightly longer it was five tracks on that one. Obviously, we had to follow that up with a full length album with all new material.

Would you re-master any of the previous tracks?

Not remaster as such but re-release possibly. I mean we still have a few copies left of each EP and if they all go, our label Dissonance Productions maybe planning to release both EPs as one package at some point.

Do you guys have a particular routine when it comes to writing songs?

It depends from song to song. Everyone contributes in some way. Quite often, it will be Tom our guitarist who comes up with a riff idea and that will inspire a lyrical theme. We then just kind of flush it out from there. Sometimes it might come from a solo or a bass riff, it depends on the song. Sometimes it can be lyrics inspire a melody, a chorus and we work the guitars around that. We build it from there on out.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to start a band?

Get out there and give it go. I mean make sure you get the right bunch of people that are in the same head space as you so you have a clear direction. Take it seriously, work hard at crafting some decent songs. Don’t rush to play live and make sure you get it together enough in the rehearsal room before playing shows. Get out there and learn as you go.

Big thanks to Rich for talking to Lotty.

You can read Lotty’s full review of the Southampton gig at the following link:

https://ever-metal.com/2019/09/16/speed-queen-toledo-steel-skyryder-the-firehouse-southampton-13-09-2019/

Dawn previously interviewed Rich in 2018. You can check that interview at the following link:

https://ever-metal.com/2018/09/03/interview-with-toledo-steel/

Image courtesy of Tomasz Wrobel at TzW Photography
https://www.facebook.com/Tzwphotography/

TOLEDO STEEL LINKS:
http://www.toledosteel.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/toledosteelband/
https://www.instagram.com/toledosteelband/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgbmPNkl-J9g-og3gP_BmRA/videos

 

 

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Speed Queen, Toledo Steel & Skyryder – The Firehouse, Southampton – 13/09/2019

 

A full review of this gig can be found here:

https://ever-metal.com/2019/09/16/speed-queen-toledo-steel-skyryder-the-firehouse-southampton-13-09-2019/

 

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Speed Queen, Toledo Steel & Skyryder – The Firehouse, Southampton – 13/09/2019

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Speed Queen, Toledo Steel & Skyryder
The Firehouse, Southampton 13/09/2019
Review by Lotty Whittingham

Heavy Metal therapy should be a thing. Think about it; you have had a stressful week or month; you attend a heavy metal show that matches this energy and that helps you get it all out. You also enjoy this experience with likeminded individuals who might be there for the same reason. This was the feeling I got on Friday 13th September when witnessing Speed Queen, Toledo Steel and Skyryder conquer The Firehouse, Southampton.

As the doors opened, it was great to see punters coming in early. Some grabbing a much-needed pint or two from the bar, others finding the ideal spot to watch the bands from and catching up with some friends. It was brilliant to see that support for local music is still going strong. Given that a number of venues are closing all over the country, it’s more important than ever to keep on going to venues and support the scene!

SKYRYDER
The first band to kick off proceedings on this night of pure class heavy metal were the colourful Skyryder! Colourful in stage wear most definitely and in personality too come to think of it. From the energy and passion in their performance, it was evident they were having a great time on stage. This enjoyment was passed onto the crowd who really seemed to take to their set consisting of slick guitar work, on point harmonies and excellent vocal work. Their brilliant musicianship combined with their fantastic sense of humour made them a fantastic opening band!

01 Skyryderhttps://www.facebook.com/skyryderuk/

TOLEDO STEEL
Local boys Toledo Steel were next to take to the stage. I have seen them on previous occasions and they always put on a great show. Friday night was no exception. Their mission is to offer straight to the point, no nonsense Heavy Metal and they did this plus more. Their passion and energy on stage was incredibly infectious. They performed a great selection of songs from across their discography and the crowd got to hear two brand new songs that will be on an upcoming album. A great set of heavy metal goodness from Toledo Steel once again.

02 Toledo Steelhttps://www.facebook.com/toledosteelband/

SPEED QUEEN
From the moment Speed Queen started to play, it was evident the name was more than appropriate, mainly in terms of musical tempo. It states on their Facebook page that they are a mixture of speed and heavy metal mixed with a nasty and sexy stage attitude. Judging from their performance on Friday night, it is easy to see that claim was incredibly accurate. Their mind-blowing performance consisted of finger blistering guitar work, dominant vocals and powerful stage presence. You didn’t need to be a detective to figure out who was in control of the crowd the whole time they were on stage. Let’s hope it’s not long until they come back to Southampton.

03 Speed Queenhttps://www.facebook.com/speedqueenofficial/

If Friday night proved anything, it’s that Heavy Metal is still alive and kicking. There was some solid music and passionate live performances, as well as the comradery from the community. If these bands tour together again, I highly recommend catching this line up in action!

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Images courtesy of Tomasz Wrobel at TzW Photography
https://www.facebook.com/Tzwphotography/

 

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