THE RHYTHM METHOD: EARLY SHOW (SOCIALLY DISTANCED)
With their debut album, 'How Would You Know If I Was Lonely?', the London duo narrate the trials of life in your mid-to-late-twenties, looking for light in suburban estates and crowded local pubs. For the band, it’s about seeking out the magic in the mundane.
Joey Bradbury and Rowan Martin of The Rhythm Method first became acquainted during the British indie wave of the mid-noughties. Both in bands at the time, they found themselves moving in the same London circles and subsequently hit it off – it was, in their own words, a case of opposites attracting.
“When I met Rowan, he was dressed as this sort of new romantic – he had trousers tucked into boots,” says Joey. “When he met me, I was this loud lout. It was yin and yang.”
That said, it would take a while for them to begin making music together. Although Rowan had an inkling that they’d work well as a duo, he was more into the idea of going solo; Joey, meanwhile, was happy making “weird GarageBand music” alone in his bedroom.
It wasn’t until they ended up moving in together that the Rhythm Method was born. With Joey on lyrics and vocals and Rowan – a multi-instrumentalist – providing the musical backdrop, the pair promptly began carving out their own strange little niche in British pop. Naming ’70s sitcoms and offbeat YouTube videos as primary influences, their sound borrows from the likes of Madness, Squeeze and The Streets. They’re at their strongest when detailing the magic in the mundane – night buses; local boozers; Middlesex – Joey, with his spoken word delivery, serving as a tour guide through the humdrum trials of life in your mid-to-late-twenties.
- Huck Magazine
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