With The Rheingans Sisters joining us this October, we caught up with them to find out more about their latest album, Receiver, and what it’s like to be back out on tour!
So, what does it feel like being back out on tour together after so long?
We are so happy to be back on tour, and together again! We have a lot to catch up on, musically….socially…. life gossip! We just feel like we have forgotten various things, for example the packing/loading/timing techniques, when exactly in the middle of a soundcheck one should order the UberEats…. which cables plug in where… We’re just kind of finding our feet again, and trying to stay extra well for the whole thing as it feels like a very special thing to have gigs right now. We’ve been saving up our energy; we want them to be the best.
How have the experiences of the last year and a half affected you as a duo?
We have both been incredibly lucky to have had such dedicated online students for the last year and a half, and while we were still disappointed to not be able to share the new 2020 album Receiver straight after its release, the music has somehow still evolved through both of us without live gigs, and has somehow even taken on other pertinence. It feels even better to share it now after all this, as people are so excited to be seeing live music again.
How have you found it doing gigs online?
As with our online teaching, a few online gigs that we have done have been a really great way to actually reach further than we ordinarily would have been able to. With fans joining in from America and Europe, it’s been possible to connect with people further afield than UK venues, and for them to carry on seeing live music in a safe way. It’s not the same as a room full of bustling vibes, but it is great seeing all the emojis and supportive comments from so many different places. It has made us feel very supported.
This is the launch tour for your latest album, Receiver – could you tell us a bit about the album and what our audience can expect?
Receiver is an album about listening to the world, and collaborating with what we ‘receive’ from that. It is about experience, accident, intention and opportunity – and we were very inspired by the pinhole photography specialist that we worked with on the artwork – Pierre-Olivier Boulant, based in Toulouse. We see our creative processes reflected in the ways he produces these beautiful images, and think that this album of mostly our own compositions corresponds fittingly. We are really proud of it.
The Rheingans Sisters will be playing an online gig for us on Sunday 3rd October at 8pm BST. Book tickets now!