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Q&A: The Rails

By Lucy Hamill

Q&A: The Rails

Ahead of their gig at Tut's on Monday 21st October, we got to know The Rails....

Where did your band name come from?

We picked it out of a hat.

Describe your sound in 3 words.

Pop, Folk, Rock

What music did you listen to growing up?

The Beatles, The Kinks, Link Wray, Sam Cooke, PJ Harvey, Elliot Smith.... sooooooooo many more!

Tell us the inspiration behind your hit single ‘Cancel The Sun’…

That was a line from a play that James saw...Pinter perhaps? It felt suitably doomsday.

Favourite Glasgow hang outs?

My Uncle Brian's house or anywhere out on the town with my cousins. My Grandma was for the Gorbals and I'm lucky to still have a lot of family in town.

Favourite venue you’ve ever performed?

Probably Carnegie Hall or The Ryman. 

If you could have dinner with anyone in music past or present who would it be, and why?

John Lennon - I would just love to listen to him talk. About anything!

Is there anything that you can’t go on tour without?

Decaf tea and ear plugs.

Tell us about your most memorable gig…

James had kidney stones once and was in so much pain he had to go to the hospital, but we couldnt pull out of our show, so I had to wing it solo - it was a shock to the system and a reminder not to let your solo skills slip!

If you could have one song on repeat for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

One song on repeat for the rest of my life would be torture! Don't they use that technique to extract confessions for criminals?

Any exciting plans for 2020?

LOTS!! We'll be touring in the UK, Europe and America and starting on some new material for a couple of other projects we're working on. 2020 is looking full on...