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Rainbow Maniac are a young shimmering psychedelic indie-blues-punk-rock band from South Wales. They really do nod to all those genres! They have recently supported SHEAFS for This Feeling and are starting to gain ground. They deserve to be outed as a stylish and super-passionate band with a frighteningly passionate drive for songwriting and playing their heavy guitar driven music wherever they can. With high octane, high-energy performances, they have to be seen to be believed. They are Conor on vocals, Louis on guitar, Gavin on drums and Laura on bass.

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Photography: Elijah Lewis Thomas

2017 has seen RM release their debut EP ‘RMEP1’ play to ever wilder crowds at the Reading Festival on the Jack Rocks This Feeling stage and SWN Festival.

“A thrilling distillation of youthful energy.” – Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales

“Raw and exciting” – Shell Zenner, Amazing Radio

On the 12th March, they played up here in Sheffield supporting SHEAFS, along with Jordan Allen, The Kicklips for This Feeling, Metropolis Music which was one of their most amazing gigs yet.

I caught up with Connor to find out a little more about this four-piece, one of sunny Cardiff’s best kept secrets.

Who are your influences?

Well, I am heavily influenced by John Wick. He’s a man of morals, and he is very well dressed. Collectively we are influenced by lad rock bands that got us into music, bands like Oasis, Arctic Monkeys and The Libertines. But also great songwriters like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Sam Cooke and Roy Orbison. I’m also MASSIVELY into disco and gangster rap.

Sum up the band in five words:

Raw, Exciting, Melodic, Fashionable, Modest.

Who writes your songs?

Me.

What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?

My girlfriend mostly. And alcohol.

Who is your favourite unsigned underground band and why?

We are very fond of our good friends from the north, SHEAFS – although they will probably be signed by the time this is released. Great songs, great live act, and great guys. Great. Not to mention our fellow Cardiffians: Buzzard, Sock, CVC and all the rest.

What’s in your cd player right now?

An album called Zipper Down by Eagles of Death Metal: it’s class but it makes me want to drive dangerously fast. Usually I just listen to hours of the Ricky Gervais Show Podcast, I love it.

What are you like live?

We’re pretty rowdy and energetic. We’ve got songs you can dance to, songs that make you laugh, songs that make you cry and songs that make you want to get incredibly drunk.

Do you have any upcoming shows?

We’re performing at this years Cardiff Music Awards, where we’ve been nominated for best EP/Single for our Debut EP – ‘RMEP1’ available on pink Vinyl and all streaming sites:

We’ve also got a few more shows lined up, including a slot at our fave northern festival. But I don’t think we’re allowed to disclose any more info at this time.

Desert island album?
Ray Mears Survival Tactics: Vol 1 – ‘Desert Islands’

What can we look forward to from you?
A bunch of incredible new recordings. A music video, and some lovely suits.

QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Weapon of choice: Blue danelectro

Base: Cardiff/ South Wales

Football team: Gav supports Man-U, Conor supports Man City to annoy Gav.

Guilty pleasure: I’ve had a Wetherspoons ‘Curry Club’ every Thursday since 2015.

FOLLOW THEM AT: 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/rainbowmaniac/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/RainbowManiaccc

KATE O’BRIEN

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