Where are you from?
Exeter, Devon UK.
Name of band:
The Cut Purse Rascals.
Who is in your band?
Me (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Harmonica, Spoons) Dom (Drums, Backing Vocals, Ukelele, Harmonica) ,Ollie(Lead Guitar), Nick (Keys, Backing Vocals, Mandolin, Banjo) and Huw (Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals).
How would you describe yourselves?
We're a mixture between Americana and alt country.
Who are your main influences musically?
I think a lot of the music we all enjoy listening to is Americana and alt-country type stuff. We play stuff by Middlebrother, the Dawes, Delta Spirit, Avett Brothers etc.
Another great band is the Deep Dark Woods and they have helped steer the song writing. We decided that we wanted to write music with a narrative and use a historical or local backdrop to the songs. If you listen to songs like the Banks of the Leopald Canal by Deep Dark Woods you will see what I mean.
Another band that has helped shape us is The Band. When I unwind after a gig I usually watch The Last Waltz. You can pick up a lot from just watching those guys interact on stage. There's a real casual look about them but they are really tight performers. I guess I want to emulate that on stage. We use a lot of different instruments on stage. People seem to like that. One minute I'm singing lead vocals then the next I'm playing spoons and a harmonica. Whilst Dom is off the drums and playing a uke.
What do you hope to achieve in music?
As long as people ask us to play we're happy we don't ask for much. We would like a yacht though. And some free instruments. I need more guitars and a yacht. Did I mention the yacht?
What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Playing a festival and the crowd were singing along to our song. That felt pretty cool.
And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Forgetting the name of a band member whilst trying to introduce the band....I think I ended up just calling him piano man....sorry Nick ;-) It had been a long day! .
If you could choose just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Heavitree sums up what we are trying to create. The song is about a part of Exeter, called Heavitree. In the olden days it was used as the tree they would hang people from. People would be marched there and sentenced to perform the hangmans jig. We are going to keep writing catchy tunes with rich harmonies.
Where can we listen to it?
We haven't got to a studio yet to record this so we made a dodgy recording on an old iphone.... We are getting in the studio in September to make an EP, we'll let you know all about it, but until then this will give you a flavour.
Where can we find out more about your music?
Anything else you’d like to say about your band that I forgot to ask?
We are playing gigs in and around Exeter over the year. You can find out all the details on our social media sites.