We caught up recently with Merseyside six piece Rongorongo, and put out five in five questions to them.
Rongorongo know a thing or two about building a psychological safe place where the mind can wander.
The sextet’s forthcoming release, the introspective, yet propulsive ‘Black Rain’ pours over the idea of the internal weather systems that regulate our mental states. It is posited there is a ‘psychogeographic climate’ that exists outside of the personal that forms through the noise of politics/economics/culture. The damp atmospherics of ‘Black Rain’ attempts to harness these two factors with a defiance that insists the storm isn’t permanent and that there could be a break in the weather soon. ‘Black Rain’ is a “is a call to arms and hopefully a helping hand”, explains vocalist Mick Chrysalid.
Merseyside six piece Rongorongo have been bubbling under the surface with an ominous volatility since their swirling inception. With a taste for macabre sensibilities combined with an uncanny knack for ear tunnelling melodies the ensemble have won keen critical acclaim over the release of two prior EPs (Automatic Hypnotist and their eponymous debut). GIT Award nominees in 2016, the band most recently performed a high octane show at this year’s Liverpool Music Week Closing Party on November 4th which boasted headline performances from Zola Jesus and Perfume Genius. Rongorongo released ‘Black Rain’ on War Rooms Records r on November 24th. Follow up single ‘Euclid’ is slated for release on January 10th.
Rongorongo are Sam Gill (drums), Our Keith (bass) Alex Walker (Guitar) Jonny Davis Le Brun (Guitar) Phil Howells (guitar) and Mick Chrysalid (vocals).
Answers by Mick Chrysalid
1, What has been your biggest f@ck up on stage? Where was it, what song was it how was it received by fans?
Stray notes and errant drumrolls are our friends. We embrace them. Also the biggest fuck ups on stage may just be the bloating gas bags of humans trying their worst..
2, You’re changing the band’s name to your favorite fruit + the reason you last took pain killers. Your new band name is… ?
3, How can we collectively put an end to online ticket touting? Feel free to show your working out for extra points…
Getting to grips with bots and secondary ticket platforms would be a good start, as well as improving transparency around consumer rights.
4, What would your Music Super Power be and what other band would you use it on and why?
Warm, loving and infinite reverb to comfort tormented souls like Lil Peep.
5, Your idols gonna give you the instrument that their famous for,
Who is it?
We dont have idols. They’re in a constant state of ruination.
Do you really have to ask?