Whether you’ve seen them at Reading or Leeds fest, heard them on BBC Radio One or scrolled past them on your TikTok ‘for you page’ this small town band are onto some pretty big things which I discuss with frontman Mitch on my podcast.
Made up of Mitch Spencer singer and guitarist, Mason Cassar on drums and Callum Warner-Webb on bass guitar the Rills have broken the borders of secured living by captivating audiences with energetic live performances, engaging with fans on TikTok and releasing indie anthems that anyone with a dream and a drive can resonate with.
Small towns are self explanatory, it’s easy to go places in them but its a challenge to get anywhere which is why few years after meeting in a skatepark, Mitch Spencer and Callum Warner-Webb set off to Sheffield to work on their music, where they eventually met Mason Cassar and morphed into the trio we now know as the Rills.
Since releasing their debut single Pyro in 2017, the band have gone on to release three more singles, their latest being Skint Eastwood a character ,that frontman Mitch has, described as “a Lincoln loner. A BMX bandit who lurks on the streets, with just their rucksack on their back and loose change in their pockets”
The leather on a cowboy is much like the metal on a knight beneath both guises ,we are vulnerable. This hard exterior mixed with what we hide, the”cowboy cliche has been used to describe the lost boys and girls of our generation” explains Mitch. Those that get left behind due to the narrow pathways used to navigate Suburban life.
James Joyce’s poem Ulysses serves as a great influence over the mind of Mitch, inspiring him to wrote songs from different perspectives, exploring the psyche of characters you’d find in a small town. The songs are almost as though you have walked in to your local pub and listened to all of the distinctive voices that define small town life, yet you realize they actually have something important to say, they become interesting proving that no matter where you come from it is what you make of your experience that defines the success of your journey.
And what an experience the band are having, from a supporting tour with Bloxx to their own UK headline tour in December the Rills are further proving that small towns can lead to success if you just work for it, and maybe move to a larger town.
Buy tickets for their tour here before they get any bigger so you can brag about it when they do.