LENNY Kravitz’s album title may have proved the inspiration for Let Love Rule’s name, but Matthew Rhind from Nairn emphasised the Edinburgh-based ambient rockers’ sound is all their own.
The band members met on the four-year popular music degree course at Napier University – with Matthew, Laurence and David now having graduated, though bassist Tom still has a year to go.
And on Monday, they relased their debut single – and video – online.
Matthew said: “I decided early on I wanted to do a band though I made some demos at first, then got the other guys involved.
“They do encourage you to form bands, but there were only a couple in our year.
“In a way I’m surprised more didn’t take it up because you get to use the facilities for free.”
Matthew said: “It really worked to our advantage because we got to rehearse there and record our demos for free.
“We recorded the actual single in the Chamber Studios outside Edinburgh – used by bands like Biffy Clyro and Mogwai and Travis. And the single – On The Shore – sounds really good, so it was worth it!
“We thought this would be a good song to introduce us.”
The single is a taster for a four-track EP Let Love Rule plan to release in late October – after a second single early in October later in the summer.
“The next single is more of a one-off song, where On The Shore is more the essence of our sound,” said Matthew.
“I tend to write the song and then take it to the others and tell the guys what I have in mind. They are all great instrumentalists and add new dimensions to the songs!”
The band has been gigging for just over a year and plan to launch the single and video at a gig in the Banshee Labyrinth in Edinburgh tonight (Thursday).
“We did lots of gigs but now have decided to spread them out more and make them more of an event.
“I put on a couple of gigs and ran them myself – one at Sneaky Pete’s and doing that we got to choose the bands we played with.We pick bands we think other people should be hearing too!”
The band was also lucky enough to have talented family members to help get the project off the ground.
Drummer David Hill’s dad Dave designed the colourful atmospheric cover artwork, while Matthew’s film-maker cousin Tom Hayton based in Barcelona came over to direct their video back in April at locations in Edinburgh including Arthur’s Seat and Cramond Beach.
Buy the single On The Shore: https://letloverule.bandcamp.com and find out more about the band on Facebook: facebook.com/letloverulemusic and follow on Twitter: @LLRofficial