Living together in East London and described as “exuding raw punk energy reminiscent of the late 70’s” The Ringards are a set of very talented musicians, which is immediately apparent on first listen. Forming back in 2017 the band didn’t start officially releasing music until 2018, they consist of Enzo Salinie (lead vocals), Vinny Baker (lead guitar), Gary Cartmill (bass) and Jo Hornby (drums).
The Ringards breathe new life into the post punk genre and have gained support from BBC Introducing, Fred Perry Subculture, Boogaloo Radio, Hoxton Radio and have been featured on the cover of Lost and Found Magazine. My personal favourite and one I’ll be immediately be adding to my playlist is Septums (Muzzle Me), this band will definitely appeal to fans of Fat White Family and The Moonlandingz.
I caught up with the band to find out how they are handling lockdown and what their thoughts are on the effect it’s having on live music…
How have things been for you over the lockdown/tier fiasco? What has been the most challenging?
Down in the dumps, down like, getting your trousers pulled down in front of a crowd on a cold Stoke evening. The obstacle of it all has been trying to find rigor in the mundane, and spirit in the dull repetitive cycle that feeds an apocalyptic order. It’s been a sad and long marathon without any charitable claps.
What are your feelings about the current situation and its impact on live music and venues?
It pains us to not be able to foreshadow any sort of stable recovery towards anyone affected by the situation. The entire state of affairs is as sad as a morning after a party. It’s killing the smaller venues around, and that is a troubling thought given that they are the foundation to the scene itself, many of these sites are trampolines for the memories and artists you’ll cherish tomorrow.
Do you think there has been enough help for the industry throughout the crisis?
I think it’s been all too quiet on that front, too many suits and ties have undermined the importance of the arts and the emotional benefits it brings to the people.
2020 has been understandably riddled with a lot of negativity, what was some positives for The Ringards in 2020?
We started living together, which means there’s a lot more writing happening, among other things… An effortless bond was formed, and chemistry found its place within a sound we’re eager to delve into.
Tell me a little about and your most recent single…
Our most recent single, is entitled Helen Mirren and it sounds like a poorly dressed Elton John imitating Louis Armstrong whilst complaining about IKEA assembly instructions.
What’s the best venue you’ve played so far and what’s would be your dream venue to play after Covid-19?
We’re slightly nostalgic of our time at the Shacklewell arms at the beginning of last year, place was crowded with joyful sweaty faces, feels unreal doesn’t it? Once coco’s long gone, we’ll barge into any place with a mic stand and happily tolerate verbal abuse from sound engineers and bouncers alike. We’d do karaoke at this point…
Favourite festival you’ve played or want to play and why?
We’ve never played a legitimate festival! We’d love to play home and experience the classics, but we wouldn’t say no to a stamp in the passport. Get the boys a size 4 font on the Coachella poster…
What tune should readers listen to right now of yours that sums you up the best?
We urge the readers to keep their ears out and listen to the next one as that’s usually always our favourite, but if we had to choose from the repertoire, I’d say Helen Mirren and Septum’s are probably the closest solidification of our sound.
What can we look forward to from you in 2021?
More releases, and hopefully some shows with relieved minds in attendance.
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