RGM Introducing – Stepford Wives

Hiya folks take a seat, what made you decide to start a band?

SW: We are a cross-generational band, so we all have quite different experiences of life. When we are writing songs, we combine those disparate experiences. There’s a real mix of influences: disenfranchisement, fragility, social fabric, resilience, black humour. We believe in looking for slivers of joy in a world that often feels as though it’s crumbling. We are panning for gold in a river of shit, basically. Oh, and of course there’s the constant need to better ourselves. We felt that things needed to be said in a way they haven’t been said before. We all just love making new music, trying new things and trying to do things differently to the majority of what’s out there. Searching for the unusual.

Introduce us all to the members, how did the band get together?

SW: Most of the band met at school, but not in the way you would expect; Niklos was a Media teacher at Jarrod (drums) and Rowan’s (bass) school. The summer after Rowan and Jarrod left, they started jamming with Niklos and developed their mutual love of loud, blunt music with a melodic undertone. We needed someone else to bring that melodic edge, actually and that’s where Dom came in. Once we were four, we rehearsed solid for six months, developing and refining our songs, before we went out into the world of gigging in spring 2019.

What is the unsigned scene in Manchester like at the minute?

SW: Very vibrant we think. We were lucky to get picked up after only 3 gigs by A1M Records, but there’s plenty of exciting stuff out there right now. The alt punk scene is buzzing.

What’s your favourite song right now from another band?

DOM:  Spitting by Tinfoils 

ROWAN: What happens When You Turn the Devil Down by The Mystery Lights

JARROD: Handmade Cites by Plini

NIKLOS: I Can’t Escape Myself by The Sound

What support is out there for new artists in Manchester?

There seems to be a growing culture of DIY in Manchester. Some say it’s like the 70s/80s when fanzines and small indie labels just rejected the mainstream and got on with promoting vital music to the younger generations, without caring what the dinosaurs think.

Who is inspiring you at the min?

SW: We are listening to a lot of The Sound, Pixies, Bou, Wu Tang Klan, Shy FX, Bru-C, Bowie, The Cure, Sleaford Mods, Wire, Alice In Chains, Periphery….. A reyt mixed bag

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

Cramped together on Jimmy’s stage  last summer. Smoke machines going off. Sweating our tits off. Intensity of our songs crackling round the room. Sounded massive.

What was the worst experience on stage?

Having to play a gig without a drummer, in the middle of the afternoon, with nobody paying attention. In a building with the scariest Victorian lift that when you stepped into it – felt like one more plectrum’s weight and you would all plunge to your doom.

If you could play any music festival which would it be?

SW: It’s got to be Glastonbury, maybe John Peel stage. Just so iconic.

Best gig you’ve been to that you weren’t playing? 

DOM:Run The Jewels at the Albert Hall in Mcr 2017

NIK: Amyl and the Sniffers, Gorilla Mcr

ROWAN: Pixies at Apollo Manchester

JARROD: Periphery O2 Ritz Mcr

What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?

Don’t try to be what you’re not. Be prepared to learn to become an expert in everything.

What advice would you give your younger selves?

Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day. . 

Whats your biggest achievement as a band?

Keeping it together long enough for it to get good – recording, gigging, videos etc etc…. 

Probably finding a record label that loves us and shares our vision of the world.

What makes you stand out as a band?

We’ve got an unconventional line-up when it comes to our ages, which naturally affects our taste and musical knowledge and feeds into the music we make. As soon as we began rehearsing together, we realised what a massive benefit this is. Two of us don’t know better, two of us should know better. Between us we have got youthful confidence mixed with life experience and realism. We’ve got fresh ideas but we are unhindered by trends.

Right now, whats pissing you off the most? (Cant say the virus 🙂

The world’s willing descent into absolute capitalism.

Tell us something unusual about each of you.

ROWAN: I have a black belt in karate

DOM: I used to sing in a male voice choir

JARROD: I have a drumming meme coffin dance video on YouTube with over 2.5miliion views

NIKLOS: I spent the last few summers roadying for Twisted Wheel. Also, I am a junior rugby league and weight lifting coach in my spare time

Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?

Every time we are together we have a proper reyt laugh. There’s no point being in a band if you don’t.

I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?

Just as we launched ‘All On Me’ the world melted. So… we are getting this back on track, The song is about the very real mental pressures in society experienced when a person can’t cope anymore with the constant demands of material expectation. It is about a descent into the drowning pool, but with a dose of self-realisation and glimmer of hope for the future.

Whats coming up in 2020 for the band?

SW; Excited and looking forward to the release of the next few singles and our EP.  Made up to be rehearsing again. Hope we get the chance soon to play indoors. Outdoor festivals are great, but nothing beats the intensity of a smouldering dynamite room set to go off. We also can’t wait to record our new songs and capture where we are up to now as a band.

Louder Than War named us as one of the essential 20 bands to listen to for 2020. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Everyone’s a Stepford Wife, going through the motions, pretending to be alive.

There is often friction between us, and it sometimes feels like we are a large musical  Hadron Collider, but the result is constant progress. Personality-wise, all of us are brutally honest and reject bullshit, but ultimately, we are a bunch of sweet lads.

We have got something for everyone. We put a lot of thought and time into our music. Whether you are into intelligent lyrics or just up for a good dance, you will find something to love in a Stepford Wives song. Our music is our take on the world around us, and what a world it is right now!!!

We care about other humans,no matter where they come from. Yes, we are brutally frank about the state of things, but we are also optimists who know the power of punk and love a bit of hope.