WITH MADELEINE MITCHELL
BY KIAN WEST
Frenzal Rhomb are back in Newcastle this week and a rad local band are playing support - Rort Menace are playing so I asked Madeleine from the band a couple of quick questions.
Tell us a little bit about the band?
Madeleine: We’re Rort Menace, a punk rock band from Swansea. I play bass and do vocals, my brother Will plays the guitar and does vocals, and our good mate, who may as well be another sibling, Zac, plays the drums.
When did you start playing together? Have you been in groups before?
M: We started playing together in late 2012 when Zac and Will were in year 9 and I was in year 11. The boys had been getting around jamming for a fair while but this was their first, and my first, semi-serious band. Rort Menace has provided a platform for us all to explore and start other projects but it remains a constant feature, a high school band we won’t let die.
Who are your influences?
M: Our music is influenced by lots of ‘80s hardcore and punk bands from the US like Adolescents, Descendents and Circle Jerks. We also take a lot of inspiration from local bands, some of the greatest bands I’ve ever heard are getting around Newcastle right now.
Have you got any local favourite artists?
M: Our favourite active Newcastle artists include Obat Batuk, Wavevom, John Howard, Fux and the Sound and Scumdrops. I also enjoy everything else the boys are involved in. Chimera (one of Zac’s other bands) is my favourite local band right now. Chimera features Jess Rama and India Seddon-Callaghan, two of the most talented young musicians you’ll ever see, as well as Joel Degotardi, who needs an eye kept on him at all times so you don’t miss anything he creates.
There is a show coming up?
M: We’re very grateful to have been asked to play with Frenzal Rhomb and Totally Unicorn on August 4 at the Cambridge Hotel. Jason Whalley from Frenzal Rhomb recorded our debut album ‘Reid’s Mistake‘ we released back in June, and we join an extensive list of acts featuring non-male musicians that will be supporting Frenzal Rhomb on their national ‘Hi-Vis High Tea’ tour.
What should people expect?
M: Frenzal Rhomb are well known for putting on an energetic show, and we always have a lot of fun whilst we’re playing too. I reckon it’s a good way to spend your Friday night.
What is next?
M: We’ve got a few cool things happening throughout August and September.
After Frenzal Rhomb on the 4th of August, we’re back at the Cambridge Hotel on August 6 supporting Foley! on their Newcastle date for the ‘Hey, Don’t Worry About the Tour’ tour.
On September 14 we support Sick Times (GER), Starving Millions (NZ) along with Fux and the Sound at the Hamilton Station Hotel, and on September 29 we are back at the Hamo, playing with US punk band Teenage Bottlerocket.
there you have it! Rort Menace sound like they have a lot going on the next few months so don't miss them live!