Up and Coming Band: Rigid Soul

Disclaimer: I am in no way bias in this blog post just because I personally know Rigid Soul, this is my own opinion.

There are 2 types of ‘rock’ bands nowadays. Firstly, there’s the band that holds their guitars so high up their chest that it just looks ridiculous. They’re clad in patterned shirts or denim jackets, and you can’t forget the beanie. They try so hard to mimic indie bands such as Foals or Bastille. (Why would you want to be anything like Bastille? They’re terrible.)

Secondly, you have the ‘rock’ band that overall just tries too hard. Either it’s trying too hard to have a certain attitude like Kurt Cobain, where it just becomes cringey to watch, or they try too hard to produce their ‘original’ music, which ends up sounding just like any other commercial rock band today.

So there’s either stereotypical indie or harder rock bands. But which do Rigid Soul come under? Neither.

Rigid Soul present themselves as a blues rock band, but they dive into quite a range of genres. They cover artists like Hendrix, Black Sabbath and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and sometimes dip into current bands such as Royal Blood.

The band also have many original songs, showcasing the band’s natural ability for songwriting and making music. Below is a clip of their original track, ‘Five out of Four’.

Rigid Soul has so much potential. It’s three members each bring something special to the band. Lewis Ross on bass has went from playing drums to playing bass, effortlessly mastering the instruments. Drummer Scott McCutcheon brings so much power and drive to the band. Finally, singer and guitarist Kyle Hood is simply a prodigy, with genius skills in song writing.

It’s amazing that three guys can make a sound that’s so original. I can’t even think of anyone to compare them to, and that’s a good thing. If a band strives to sound like a certain band or music genre, then they are limiting themselves and their creativity. What’s the point in starting a band and wanting to make songs that follow the same formulation as a cliche Oasis song? The band copying them is therefore not authentic or inventive, all they would be is an Oasis impersonation. Tip to any bands like this; don’t be like that. There are far too many bands today that make this mistake.

But back to Rigid Soul. As I’ve said, they are their own band. Own sound. Own feel. Own talent. Not one original song of theirs sounds like another. Each is so distinctive, and each shows that they aren’t afraid to explore new ideas.

Their previous array of concerts is quite impressive. They’ve played around Ayr and Glasgow, notably playing for Oxjam back in October. Their last gig as of March 2017 was at Ayr Town Hall, where they played a 45 minute set for the FreshAyr Festival of Creative Diversity. The gig was one of their best ones yet, and to top the night off, they met a familiar face. (And so did I!!!)

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L-R: Kyle Hood, Lewis Ross, Scott McCutcheon, myself and Simon Neil from Biffy Clyro.
Who knows, maybe Rigid Soul from Ayr will make it big one day. If they keep working hard and putting themselves out there, they will certainly deserve it. Just like a small band from Ayr called Biffy Clyro did.

So, to all those bands out there trying to make a name for themselves; don’t aspire to be your favourite band. Be your favourite band. Have your own sound and vibe. Be like Rigid Soul. Yet, don’t be like Rigid Soul, because that would just counteract my arguement in this post. But you get what I mean.

Rigid Soul on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RigidSoulBand/?fref=ts

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-731155878

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