Singularity: All Roads Lead Here
And just like that we announce 'Singularity,' the final single signalling the end of RUM DO.
Featuring guest violinist Leslie Townsend, Singularity is the light at the end of the tunnel for Bill Cutbill and rryrry — an orchestral electronic blend of epicness and timelessness.
In a press release the duo said:
"Our singularity is an A to B; a beginning and an end; a period of time held between two stationary points. Thank you for joining us."
Cutbill and rryrry started working together remotely in 2015 and in a period spanning what feels like many lifetimes they never once met in person. Desiree Das Gupta joined Cutbill to reimagine RUM DO's material live at Canadian venues and festivals. The duo also recorded a special live session of Wedding Day which is taken from the debut EP, lay down, lovers.
Thank you for everyone who bought a RUM DO cassette, went to a show, supported via bandcamp or listened on streaming. This music will remain online and we hope it helps to find you some peace and happiness.
Just as equal to the music, this also completes the RUM DO film which is a back-to-back continuous visual accompaniment to the entire discography. We will be releasing a full uncut version of the film before the end of the year.
Your Grandad Needs His Poison
Your Grandad’s new single, Poison, has the band expanding their vocabulary into realms more subtle and eerie than anything we’ve heard from them before.
Lyrically introspective, vocalist Cameron Kirk wonders aloud about the things he consumes and the experiences he’s had, and whether or not these things are any good for him.
The track feels like a question. The rhythm section provides a simple, locked-in groove which underpins an expressive guitar, evoking the image of a never-ending blue-grey spiral.
Think of a whirlpool in slow motion; no longer chaotic but still with a sense of inevitability. As the last lines of the song are sung, the music fills out a little more, but just as the band really gets going, everything but the drums fall away.
The dissonant two-beat phrase that opens the track returns, and then silence. Until it comes back.
Your Grandad Release CERB and Announce Debut Album
We are pleased to declare that today, June 2nd, is now a brand new public holiday for everyone! That's right, don't bother going to work, instead go to the park or have a bbq with your nearest and dearest.
Well today is the day that Toronto post-punk alternative trio Your Grandad release the first single, CERB, from their self-titled debut album. The track is written in memory of the utopic glimpse that the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit gave us during the pandemic.
If you weren't aware, Your Grandad is a three-piece band with Cameron Kirk (bass, vocals), William O'Neill (guitar, vocals) and Max Sheffel (drums, vocals). Once combined, they have a disposition to make edgy, sharp post-punk.
Speaking of the single, Max told us...
"CERB is full of moments which colour, contrast, and interrupt its playful lurch. On paper, the track borders on monotony, which we use as an opportunity to never actually stay settled into a groove for too long, twitching instead with anxious desires."
"All this explodes into the high-octane coda, celebrating the titular government benefit."
In CERB, we can hear what songwriter Cam was feeling in the early days of quarantine... lazy contentment, which may be familiar to those of us who were lucky to maintain some companionship when we were ordered to stay at home, coupled with dreams of an escape and return to the real world.
This single represents a joyous silver-lining of hope for future social reintegration, but more importantly, it also represents the beginning of one of the greatest album roll-outs of all time...
Your Grandad from Your Grandad, will be released via Safe Sounds in late 2023. Before then, you will be treated to regular single instalments and limited edition cassette releases, and at the end of it all you may just have some new wax to add to your collection!
Support this release now via bandcamp and don't forget to stream it on every music platform possible.
Bill Cutbill Stars In The New Music Video for Lighter
We're continuing to pump a barrage of RUM DO content into the atmosphere for the first time in years. It's all in anticipation of the new EP, 'You Just Have To Be.'
Today marks the release of the music video for 'Lighter', which follows Bill Cutbill on a tranquil psychedelic walk through the Canadian bush at Lake Superior Provincial Park in Ontario. It's the chillest moment on the EP, and probably the least produced song as well.
RUM DO is very much an audiovisual project, with all the music released over the duo's lifespan arriving alongside accompanying visuals. The moving pictures stretch continuously between tracks as a never-ending consciousness, though the format has morphed over time.
Bill Cutbill, who handles the visuals for RUM DO says —
"With this, the final EP, we wanted to reflect the history of RUM DO in the visual progression.
Our debut EP featured visuals in a 3:4 SD format, for a VHS quality, which suited the footage I wanted to use which was shot on old mobile phones. We then raised the bar to 16:9 HD visuals for the second EP, which was then expanded to 4k with the intervening double-a side release.
For this EP, we've circled back to 16:9 HD, whilst incorporating a mix of digitally generated footage, mobile phone footage and manipulated visuals that have been so synonymous with RUM DO. This final chapter is intended to complete the full circle that this project represents."
RUM DO's Single Lighter Will Put Your Mind At Ease
The first single No Worries which was released in December, represents some of RUM DO's most upbeat sounds to date; funky bass, warm textures and calming vocals.
Well they've very much carried on in this vein with the release of Lighter, which is an airy upbeat classical guitar track with washing ambience, soft synths and an organic rhythm.
Speaking of Lighter, Bill Cutbill of RUM DO said —
"This was written and recorded during the stay-at-home order. I was very much trying to use music and the recording process to channel some inner peace and tranquility at that time.
"To me, No Worries and Lighter will forever be linked by that conscious effort to meditate on a feeling of lightness and joy.
"Being stuck at home was both stressful but also in some ways calming. I hope that people listening to the single will absorb some of those feelings that I was able to conjure while recording it at home.
True to RUM DO's style, Lighter has a lot of hidden texture. What's slightly different in the case of this single, is the lack of digital percussion, the use of open space, and the light use of vocals.