‘Going Out On My Own’ is the debut single from the Cardiff band, consisting of Conor Latcham (lead vocals and guitar), Louis Jugessur (lead guitar and harmonica), Gavin Jenkins (drums) and Laura Brown (bass).
The track comes as the first release from the band’s ‘RM EP 1’ which is to be released later this year through Phwoar & Peace Records.
‘Going Out On My own’ opens with fiery riffs and thumping percussion as the track explodes into mayhem in the opening seconds. “I’m going out on my own, just for a couple of cold ones, all my friends back home don’t treat me right” sings Latcham, providing the perfect soundtrack to all those lonely lads out there off down the boozer for a few. The lyricism of the track makes it instantly relatable to the listener,
“I’m going out on my own because I don’t wanna be stoned, and I don’t wanna be sober, not tonight” pounds the chorus, accompanied with hectic guitar screeches and gritty drums from the band. The band are clearly proud of their roots, as they mention their hometown of Cardiff various times throughout the tune.
The song climaxes with a frantic guitar solo, leaving the listener eager for more.
I managed to contact the band to get them to spill the beans on the new track, they greatly emphasised the influence of Queens Of The Stone Age and Eagles Of Death Metal; “the rhythm guitar (that you can’t hear as much on the record but you can live) is really bluesy like Eagles Of Death Metal“. The band joked in saying “there is a little bit of Stereophonics in there, but apparently that’s not a very cool thing to say according to our producer“, I say wear the Welsh dragon on your sleeves lads!!!
The band went on to note that the track was written “during a time when I became interested in referencing Cardiff, after the rat trap (ongoing run of Cardiff gigs with Tibet and other great bands) first came around and we all wanted to create a Cardiff scene“. Following in the footsteps of The Libertines and their Camden references, Rainbow Maniac are giving it their all to put Cardiff on the map, and rightly so.