There’s a type of music I grew up with in the East Midlands around the Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, and Buckinghamshire tri-county area which is grounded in the blues, and most of the time emerges as hard rock. Occasionally you’ll get a Bauhaus slipping through the net but when I was growing there in the early 70s it was all about the big beasts like Zeppelin, Quo, Sabbath and Purple. The pubs and clubs were full of bands like Stray, who fed off the blues tradition and created a scene dominated by levis, leather jackets and motorbikes. Indeed the villages and county towns of the area have a long legacy of creating riff/chord driven bands that produce no nonsense rock music. That tradition is still very much alive with a duo called Rusty G’s.
Rusty G’s are James Finch and Dan Lopez, they are based in Milton Keynes. The alternative Grunge rockers first hit the local music scene in late 2007 with a desire to “create rock music that sounded fresh and unique with a wide array of influences”. Since forming, the band have played hundreds of shows nationwide, increasing their fan base. WIth an impressive CV of gigs such as performing with the likes of; Australian rockers Electric Mary, grunge-indie band Nine Black Alps, Johnny Foreigner, Dead Sons and The Weeks (Kings of Leon label-mates), their biggest show to date was in front of an audience of 5,000 people at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena. The duo are fresh off the road from touring with Steve Conte, former guitarist of the legendary ‘New York Dolls’.
The boys are also no strangers to the media, shown by their impressive features in the local heroes section of Kerrang! Magazine and US magazine ‘Stitched Sound’ along-side The All American Rejects among others. On top of this, the band have received some great airplay on BBC Introducing (Three Counties) and BBC Northampton.
Much of 2014 saw huge activity in the recording studio. The outcome is a much more accomplished and mature sound. Despite the bands creative energy in the studio, in August 2014 Dan and James unfortunately had to say farewell to long serving bassist and founding member Tom . Dan and James however were left undeterred and were determined to continue on. So the search commenced for a new bass player. After many months of searching for the right person and the right sound, things proved more difficult than first hoped. Eventually the boys took the decision not to recruit a new bassist.
‘Don’t Belong’ out on 26th October, finds the young rockers drawing on past influences for super charged guitar riffs and thunderous drums, recalling the likes of the Foo-Fighters, Nirvana and other favourites of the Seattle grunge scene . The single brings a no holds barred, chord driven immediacy with an anthemic edge.
There’s a possible debate out there somewhere as to whether it’s timely to bring Grunge back onto the scene. With veterans like Tad reappearing in various guises, and Melvins still pursuing their singular rock and roll journey there ought to be room for these lads to make a big name for themselves. It’s also very refreshing to hear a guitarist/vocalist not trying to be Matt Bellamy, and willing to stamp his own identity on the scene.
You can catch Rusty G’s this Autumn alongside guitar legend Bernie Torme.
- 23rd October Southbeach Hotel, Troon
- 24th October Bannermans, Edinburgh
- 31st October The Borderline, London
- 14st November The Prince Albert, Brighton