Sons Of Rico
Sons Of Rico are one of my favourite bands of last year after recieving the amazing album Reactions in the mail to review which blew me away.They are currently touring around Australia this month and are worth seeing live. So was stoked to be able to interview them. So read the interview and go check them out live. I’ll see you at The East Brunswick Club this Thursday.
1. Are you happy how people have received the album?
Absolutely! As far as I can tell, it has been very well received. The best compliments I get are people telling me they have it in their car or listen to it while they’re studying.
2. How has triple j support helped the band?
Initially triple j gave us a leg up onto the One Movement stage and a triple j Unearthed feature. From then on they’ve been spinning a couple of our singles which has boosted triple j listener’s awareness of Sons of Rico tenfold!
3. What was the inspiration for the album?
Actually making the thing was the inspiration. It’s been a personal goal of mine to write and record a full length album that I would be proud of – and I definitely succeeded there!
4. Is hard having the drummer in another band as well as yours?
There are times when we can’t rehearse or we have to turn down gigs but it’s very important to view any situation in a positive light. We’re always asking ourselves “if we’re unable to do something for whatever reason, what can we do to remain productive and maintain our momentum?”
5. What inspires you when writing your songs?
Melody and instrumentation. I know that I enjoy listening to music with a strong melody, so it makes sense that I attempt to write strong melodies too! Instrumentation is an interesting thing too. I recently bought an upright piano and I’ve penned a couple of songs that I know I would never have written if I was strumming away at a guitar. Then in terms of the lyrical content of songs, inspiration normally comes from personal experience or bizarre stories that I’ve read and can somehow relate to.
6. How the internet & social media played a part in getting your music out there?
We’re living in pretty interesting times with this internet thingy majiggy! Audiences have always needed a reason to engage with your band and music. It’s always been difficult for emerging bands to encourage people to “give ‘em a go”, but the internet has definitely made this a lot easier. No longer is it an absolute necessity for bands to be on the radio or to even perform live! In the case of Sons of Rico, social media has been invaluable when it comes to notifying fans of our movements and plans.
7. How has the WA Music Community helped the band?
We’ve had a lot of help along the way in our musical careers – from other local band’s album launch support slots to community radio love at stations such as RTRfm.
8. How did it feel to have band members win WAMI awards?
I feel like a proud mother.. or father. Actually yes, let’s go with father. Definitely father.
9. What advice can you give to somebody wanting to make a music career?
You’ve got to love and be proud of the music that you make. As you would a mother to your children. Ah! FATHER! I meant father!
10. Who has been your greatest help with your music so far?
My best friends: John, Paul, George and Ringo.
11. Have you had much feedback from people overseas about the album?
Not really at this stage since we focus all our efforts on gaining national exposure, but we have had a few emails come in and some web reviews abroad!
OF RICO – THE MISS ADVENTURE TOUR
Brunswick Club, Melbourne
Fri 10 June – Spectrum, Sydney
Sat 11 June – The Great
Northern Hotel, Newcastle
Sat 18 June – Amplifier,
Fri 24 June – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury
w/ Antonio Paul
Sat 25 June – Settlers
Tavern, Margaret River
w/ Antonio Paul