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Win Two Tickets to see rising rockstar Rob McCulloch…

Singer / songwriter Rob McCulloch is one of the North West’s most promising musical talents and has been steadily climbing the ivory tower of fame...

Published on April 5th 2006.

Win Two Tickets to see rising rockstar Rob McCulloch…

Singer / songwriter Rob McCulloch is one of the North West’s most promising musical talents and has been steadily climbing the ivory tower of fame, receiving comparisons to Richard Ashcroft and Oasis as well as much critical acclaim along the way.

Manchester Confidential is offering readers the chance to win two free tickets to see him perform live at the Late Room, Friday April 21st.

We caught up with him recently and chatted about his latest album, breakfast balms, and men born without ears.

The chat went as followed:

So… Rob, how are you and what have you been up to?
“I’m very well, thank you. You’ve just caught me in the studio, actually… recording songs for my 3rd Album. I’ve got about 9 or 10 songs I’m pretty happy with.”

Weren’t you supposed to be remixing your second album [Thoughts Alone] and re-releasing it?
”Yeah, I was. But I got back into the studio and started to write new songs instead. I couldn’t really resist. I’ve been spending most of my time either gigging or stuck in this recording studio…”

You’ve said you take your influences from of Paul Weller, The Stone Roses and Tim Burgess… do you have any embarrassing or obscure bands in your record collection?
“No. Oh, actually... The Kinks. They’re Southern aren’t they? I can’t freely admit to liking them around here. Other than The Kinks I’ve been listening to Talvin Singh, [Mercury Music prize winner, 1999] he does drum ‘n’ bass and also pioneered bhangra, that’s pretty interesting. What about new bands? Well, I liked The Libertines, and Dirty Pretty Things are alright, but mostly I listen to Paul Weller all the time… hmm, but they’re all Southern too, aren’t they…”

While you’ve been out gigging, have you acquired any fascinating rock ‘n’ roll anecdotes?
“Actually there was an incident recently where my guitarist bought a breakfast balm. Which would have been fine, there was bacon, sausage, beans… but no egg...

He kicked up a proper benny and started screaming, he really wanted that egg… I guess that isn’t very rock ‘n’ roll, but I spent a lot of time staring at a brick wall as I’m recording… it makes arguments over breakfast balms seem pretty incredible.”

If one day you stumbled across a man with no ears, how would you describe your music to him?
“A man with no ears? Was he born with no ears? Did he lose them in an accident? Well, if he was born without ears then I would use braille as my method of communication. Oh, wait, he can see, can’t he? I guess I would show him… an orange. I would hold it up to his face and he would understand that my music is smooth and slightly wrinkly, with an orangey glow. [starts laughing]”

And finally, what’s next for Rob McCulloch?
”I’ve got my single ‘Something Abuse’ coming out soon, it’s the best thing I’ve written, I think. I’m currently either gigging or recording on each day of the week, and I’m hoping to release my third album sometime this summer.”

Thank you Rob. Goodbye.

If you’re already a Rob McCulloch fan, or if you’re interested in discovering the ‘smooth, orangey glow’ of one of the North West’s most promising musical talents; Manchester Confidential are offering you the chance to win two tickets to see him live at Manchester’s Late Room, 21st April.

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