Come Play With Me Presents:
+ The Boxing
Doors 7pm | 18 + | Monday 17 July
The Social, 5 Little Portland St, London, W1W 7JD
Tickets £7 advance:
See Tickets: bit.ly/2q93bHA
Coinciding with the release of their split 7” single released by Come Play With Me on 14th July RIIB and FURR will be celebrating the release at this special event at the Social
— RIIB was initially the work of musician James Mainwaring of Django Django & Roller Trio; their new single ‘Conveyor Belt’ explores the punkier side of the band that Mainwaring built around himself for the project.
Starting life when James was still performing as a singer songwriter, ‘Conveyor Belt’ soon became a full band piece when the rest of the band made their mark on it. Although it’s one of the more upbeat and playful of their live set, the lyrics counterpoint by addressing the harrowing state of the American farm industry and those trapped within it.
Joining RIIB on the next CPWM single is Leeds four-piece Furr. Peddlers of no-nonsense pop melodies and huge riffs in the vein of QOTSA, Furr have enjoyed support from the likes of John Kennedy, Classic Rock Magazine & Upset magazine with their previous single releases. All living, writing, rehearsing and recording under the same roof, the group of musicians enjoy a kind of musical closeness and intuitive decision making most bands would kill for.
Furr’s Sam Jackson explains their contribution to the Come Play With Me single — “Another Fable is the frankenstein of all these different musical influences that make up what Furr it is about. If someone said 'what do Furr sound like?' this would be the song to play them. Loud in your face guitars and popish vocal melodies. There might be a guitar solo! It's the first time we've been critical of things going on around us and what's been pissing us off recently. It's about how obsessed with people we are about people we've never met and all this pop culture we have shoved in our face constantly....”
Compelting the line-up are Lees trio The Boxing, part of a new burst of energy in West Yorkshire.
«Dank, twisted psychedelia with a punk edge.» Clash
Harrison Warke’s lead vocals and guitars take it in turns to dominate the limelight, a piercing brightness peeping through the tonal gloom.
Completing the line-up are drummer Charlie Webb and bassist Henry Chatham, generating a surprisingly expansive sound for a band of just three people.
'RIIB is the latest creative iteration of James Mainwaring, a Leeds based musician who has veered from way out jazz to indie and back again.
The project has been ongoing for some time, sits somewhere between those two poles. James' journey has taken him from working alongside Mercury nominees Django Django to the jazz fluidity of Roller Trio, allowing him to tour the country in the process.
James explains: «About once a year I go into isolation/hibernation mode and become a bedroom singer-songwriter, nobody normally hears what I do, but the one leading up to RIIB was long and I felt like I’d reached something I hadn’t reached before, so I decided to share some of the results with a few people including a promoter and a producer. They were very supportive; offering me some solo gigs and recording time.»
«Around the same time, I received an email from Django Django who I’d met at the 2012 Mercury Prize show asking me to do some recording and to go on tour with them and I decided to join, hearing their stories, meeting their fans and playing some big shows was inspiring. I also started playing guitar on a couple of their songs.»
The difference between Roller Trio and Django Django, it seems, is quite stark. «Composing for Roller Trio and my more jazz inspired projects is completely different to writing songs and the approaches are challenging in different ways. Some of the songs I’ve written intensively over a few days, spread out over months, or in real time. ‘Conveyor Belt’ was one of the real-time ones that was almost improvised after watching a documentary called Food, inc. I think RIIB’s style has some crossover with Roller Trio, within the harmony and the use of odd time signatures and drummer Luke Reddin-Williams who is also in Roller Trio has brought his highly individual style and all round amazing skills to it.»
«Now that RIIB’s line-up has settled, I’m looking forward to recording more and doing some collaborative writing, bringing more energy to the tunes and our live shows.»
'Conveyor Belt' is a sharp-as-a-tack introduction to where RIIB could lead — check it out now.' Clash Magazine