Rudimental are as good a live band as you'll ever see. My first encounter with the rambunctious, English dance crew was unforgettable. I was in Austin, capturing band after band after band during Baeble's 2013 run on The Hype Hotel. Solange had just turned in what was frankly a pretty lukewarm set, and there were technical problems on stage...loads of them. So the guys in Rudimental just stood there for an hour, hitting single keys on their synths, checking mics, and generally looking concerned.
Once all of the problems were sorted out, it was like it never happened. Rudimental turned on their over-the-top live show and ferocious energy with the flip of a switch. "The live Rudimental show is madness," Kesi Dryden recently told us in a sit down interview with Baeble. "When we play live there are 11 of us on stage, we're all great friends and we've all grown up together from childhood, so when we come on stage the energy is crazy...it's something special". We knew it was when we first saw the band in Austin. Considering the 2 million plays on our video of the concert, we're pretty sure you know it too.
We recently caught up with Dryden along with Piers Agget in Midtown earlier this summer to get the scoop on the band's hotly anticipated, sophomore album, We the Generation. Given the intensity of the music they play, it's an apropos title. "We wrote a song called 'We the Generation'," explained Agget. "The lyrics on that song were a lot about believing in your own sound...expressing creativity without worrying about what you're meant to do...or what type of music you should make. We realized that's what we're about at the moment. Rudimental is a family and we've really had to dig in deep and support each other. That's where we are as a band right now so we felt it was a good title for the new album".
On the album, the band remain rooted in dance and house music...but boxing them into a corner is a huge mistake. Their love of R&B, Funk, Rock, Hip Hop, and even Jazz is as evident as ever, slicing and dicing across the new cuts, making them difficult to characterize. Also still big in the Rudimental world is their love of unlikely collaborations. Their 2013 debut Home helped launch the careers of Angel Haze, Emil Sande, Alex Claire, and John Newman, for example. On We the Generation expect more. "It's almost like we've ticked off our bucket list with people we grew up listening to", Dryden beams. "We've got features from people like Dizzee Rascal...and we've got George Clinton on the record! But we're also launching new artists as well".
Have a look at our interview with the band...it's a really good primer for all the excitement that's coming when the band release We the Generation on September 18th.
And guess what? We've got the incredible first impression the band made on us on film...have a look at our concert with the band from 2013.