Meet Rory and Ned.
From the farmyards of sleepy Suffolk to the bright lights of Liverpool, the self-titled ‘song and dance men’ are making a name for themselves. The duo, who are signed to Antigen Records, are dedicated to playing regular live shows and were recently featured on the BBC Suffolk Introducing podcast. I spoke to Rory about the band and their rock n roll shenanigans…
What inspired you to start the band?
Well Ned played some solo stuff about two years ago whilst he was at University, then Rory swung by one day to see a show and thought: “Man, I wanna slice of this banana cake!”
How would you personally describe Rory & Ned’s sound?
Disco train wreck.
What are your influences?
Our favourite bands are folks like Daniel Johnston, The Pogues and Eagles of Death Metal…we probably just sound like some knackered old tire swinging against a church bell or some old rubbish like that though.
Which bands/musicians are you currently listening to?
We have been listening to a lot of J Roddy Walston and The Business recently; real feel-good rock and roll that makes you feel swell!
Where do you hope to be in three years time?
Ned wants to get a Le Cruseat pan set and Rory really needs a new pair of jeans.
So, EP’s, albums, touring…got any plans for us to look forward to?
Well we released a single with Antigen records a few months ago and it sold out pretty quick (still available to download, baby!) so they have let us do an EP; it should be out before Christmas.
We are recording it at the moment in between gigs. It’s got a bundle of new songs and a live version of a song on there too. In regards to gigs and tours……yes please! We have been gigging regularly around Liverpool, playing in a bunch of places like Mello Mello and Zanzibar. One of the gigs we are most excited about is on November 3rd at the Shipping Forecast, Liverpool, we are supporting Catfish and the Bottlemen…they are really nice guys with well good songs too!
Rory and Ned’s single Man Slag/The Forbidden Dance is available for download now at: www.antigenrecords.com
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Words by Holly Shakeshaft.