Jack Rabbit Slams – Interview

Jack Rabbit Slams have arrived with their blistering new single, Crackerjack – https://youtu.be/nv_fHlAicBU . We had a chat with the guys to get to grips with their background and more…..

What is the full band line-up, who sings and who plays which instrument?

The band are: Rob McCombie – Guitar & Vocals
Sean Love – Drums
Archie Rosie – Bass & Backing Vocals.


How and when did the band form? Tell us anything interesting about your hometown.

The band formed in 2016. Me and Sean had known each other for years. We are from a small town that used to have quite a vibrant music scene but like everywhere else it has died a death.


When and how did the band really start gelling and solidifying?

Me and Sean used to not get on, so it was quite ironic that the minute we first played together it was a “WOW” moment. Like why have we not been doing this forever. We clicked so fast, I knew what he was gonna do before he did it and vice versa, we worried about that when recruiting Kris and Archie. We knew we needed someone to gel with us on the same level that we had and to be honest we were pretty lucky that they both did. Archie especially as he joined at quite a crazy time and had a very little window to get tight with us but he nailed it.


Who are your musical influences?

We all have quite a varied taste. I love punk and blues and Sean loves metal, Archie’s hero is flea (typical bassist) but we have introduced each other to things we each like and we try and keep an open mind when using other bands as reference points and influencers. We would be pretty beige if we all liked and wanted to play the exact same type of music.


Where did the name of the band come from?

The name was a nightmare, any band name you pick sounds shit until it doesn’t. But, Long story short the restaurant in Pulp Fiction is called “Jack Rabbit Slims” which I had always misheard as “Slams” and that was pretty much it. Its not really a tribute to the film or to Tarintino or anything like that, more just a nod. The main thing is we refused to be called “the” somethings like every other band in a 5-million-mile radius.


How far back does your history with each other (the band members) extend? Are you friends from school or any family relations?

Me and Sean go back to youth group when we were 13/14. It was run by a guy called Andy Livingston and he is the reason we are in a band. He put on gigs and gave us somewhere to rehearse all at his own cost so we owe a great deal to him. But we didn’t like each other because Sean liked metal and I liked rock, just wee boy rubbish really. Archie we’ve only known a short time as he’s just joined. But he’s sound, we wouldn’t have let him in if he was an arsehole.


Where have you played or toured? Please name all countries / regions and recognised bands that you have played with.

We headlined king tuts in November 2017 for DF Concerts, which is a land mark for any band and then done a small tour round Scotland in 2018 to promote the first EP, we also had some radio play. We then took a break from gigging to write the album and have started gigging again supporting the likes of Mothers Cake, I Cried Wolf and The Rising Souls.


In your opinion, how is your band different from all the other bands out there?

We are definitely louder than most. Especially for a 3-piece. It’s a comment we’ve always took as quite a badge of honour. We feel we are different because we are not a scene band, we’re not trying to fit in or be flavour of month. We make music that we like first and foremost, you have to be in it for yourself or what’s the point. Then once you have something then you take it out to share with people. Music is always a positive thing, even the heaviest of heavy metals that sound really angry, or really melon collie songs about sad or emotional events they still become positive because music is positivity regardless of the subject if something evokes some sort of emotional response in someone then it can only be a good thing and that’s what we do.


Do you have a tour on the horizon?

We will be gigging/touring this album for the rest of the year and probably most of 2020, gigs! Gigs! Gigs!


Where can we find your social media sites?

You can find us on facebook.com/jackrabbitslams.music, twitter – @jackr4bbitslams & Instagram, Spotify and SoundCloud all under Jack Rabbit Slams

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