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Ramanan Ritual unveiled line-up at battle of the bands heat

By Margaret Chrystall

IT seems like a baptism of fire to launch your band’s live life by entering a battle of the bands competition.

But it’s worked for Ramanan Ritual, the four-piece walking away as winners of the recent Inverness Tooth and Claw competition – and winning over a whole crowd of new fans in the process.

Noah Ramanan leads the band, having moved up from Dundee and found some like-minded musicians in saxophonist Jamie Anderson, drummer Liam McLaughlin and bassist Liam Black.

Noah said: “We all love music though we all have our own tastes and flavours. But it’s been very nice for me because they have all said that the stuff I’ve written is music they want to play.

“They have the drive to add their own bits and the songs have so much energy now, it’s great.”

Looking around for gigs to play just after getting the four-piece line-up together, they decided to play the battle of the bands.

Noah said: “It was just a gig that came up and it was the first time we’d played together as a four. We thought ‘We’ll just go for it!’ We won that one and that gave us a real drive! It all just helped pull us all together and gave us a real focus.

“But it’s been amazing, the support we have had, especially because the middle round, the semi-final, it was a three-way split between the bands from the judges.

“The result was decided by how loud the crowd roared.

“And it was really emotional because the crowd ripped the roof off when our turn came.

“They really, really screamed for us.

“I bumped into someone the next day who was saying ‘My voice is still really done in!’.

“We put a lot of energy out on the stage and it physically comes back.

“A big roar from the audience is really nice and the same thing happened in the final.”

Now the band plans to record.

Noah said: “We’re lucky we have a space to record in, so we don’t need to pay to do that and the two Liams are both very knowledgeable about production stuff.

“Then later we can maybe spend some of the £1000 prize money on getting a nice CD produced.”

In the meantime, you can hear the band’s self-defined sound – psychedelic folky blues with a world of musical influences – on Ramanan Ritual’s Soundcloud.

There will be lots of chances to catch them over the coming months – they have already been snapped up for Belladrum and Jocktoberfest.

“I’m waiting for Glastonbury to give us a ring now!” Noah joked.

n Ramanan Ritual play The Market Bar, Inverness, on Friday, April 5. They also play The Rock Factor: Back To The 90s band contest with a cover and their own songs along with Bad Actress, The Citrus Scene, Danny Mortimer, High Wire, The Hunt and The Malts. Ramanan Ritual have also been confirmed for Belladrum and Jocktoberfest.

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