The Rhubarb

Glasgow Stoner Rockers on their latest release, influences and what's coming next


Bio Glasgow four piece based stoner rock band formed in 2015. Hannah White on vocals and bass, Michael McConville on guitar, Seán Maguire on lead vocals and Jack Donnelly on drums. Influenced by Black Sabbath, Sleep, High on Fire and Electric Wizard and Hawkwind, The Rhubarb’s combination of male & female driven vocal and high fuzz drugged out riffs proves an extremely potent mix. The release our first single ‘Drag me to hell’ generated such buzz alongside the release of our next single out on February the 12th.

What first inspired you to make music? I always remember my dad showing me a ‘The Who’ video when I was two years old sitting on my potty haha, I was mesmerised by Pete Townsend smashing up guitars and amps all over the stage, even though I was still young it made me love music from then on. I knew that’s what I wanted to do with my life the older I got!

Who is your biggest influence and what is it about their music that you find interesting? Oooh hard question but my biggest idols are each member of the Beatles believe it or not haha! I can relate to each member in some way or another. Each of them played a role to become the best thing ever and they weren’t afraid to push the boundaries, that’s what I love about them most, they experimented and created the most iconic and daring songs and image ever. That’s why I regard them my heroes!

How would you describe your music and what path has brought you here? Ooooh I would describe our music as if fleetwood Mac and black sabbath formed a group together haha! We are very melodic but heavy at the same time which I think was helped by our different music tastes. We all enjoy a diverse range of musical genres and styles which has definitely landed us where we are now. We like to think we are different from most bands in the scene the now, so always experimenting in the realms of our genre is exciting!

What is your creative process? Good question. Creative process for us is from life to life situations like politics, sex, social life, drinking, drugs, love, mental health etc. We like to write about things that mean a lot to us, when you write about things that mean a lot to you the song becomes more powerful. Creativity never has limits with us, we keep going and going!

What is the most enjoyable and most frustrating part of recording for you? Haha, the whole process is a dream for the band and I! The best thing about it is in the studio with your best friends (family pretty much), recording our work and hearing it back is the best feeling ever! Knowing we recorded something really good is amazing. Probably the most frustrating thing about recording is when you’re finished and having to go back home or back to work haha, or when you mess up during a take haha!

What is the most enjoyable and frustrating part of live performance? Again that feeling of being on stage with the boys and playing to fans and friends is just a magical experience nothing quite beats playing on stage to crowds. We miss it loads. We can’t wait to play a gig again! Probably when equipment doesn’t work haha, always got to happen some time or another hasn’t it haha!

What is the most memorable gig you performed? Good one. Probably for me has to be when we played with Strauss in early 2019 at our local venue in Glasgow the 13th note. It was hella fun, loud and intimate, Strauss are a great band to play alongside with!

How do you feel social media and the internet has affected the way you promote or distribute your music? Social media has done wonders for us and loads of bands/artists. Couldn’t actually imagine where a lot of us would be without it to be honest. Especially in recent times with the Covid lockdown, it’s been great to continue working on stuff using socials and networking frequently.

What is the most trouble you have gotten into? As a band me ever or on my own? Haha! Probably when I broke my Mum and Dad’s bedroom television when I was like 6, spilt juice all over it haha. Never been into trouble as a musician (touch wood).

What is the best advice you have been given? By my dad, ‘Talent comes in all forms, if you make people smile or happy with that talent, it’ll from you as a human being’ so being a musician in a band has formed me the person I am today.

Being part of the music scene, there must be acts that you have played with that have made an impact on you, who would you say was the one that stood out the most and why? We have played with so many wonderful bands from all over the world. For me personally definitely the guys in the 1968, Black Moth and Strauss. They for me are up there in the best bands. Great guys with great sound and great advice too!

What is next for you? Our diary for 2021 is filling up already which is good, without giving too much away after our release on the 12th of February of ‘Part time suicide’ we have recording booked, a few gigs (all going well with the pandemic) so it’s looking very fruitful our diary already.

What was the driving force behind your latest work? Are there certain subjects that are dealt with? Definitely politics. Especially the class system too. It’s also based on the 1968 film ‘If....’. It’s almost very punky in many ways with the lyrics being quite angry and rebellious. It’s one of our favourites I must admit.

What part of the production process were you keen to incorporate? We all share the productivity when it comes to the process of releasing a new single or ep. We all have a bit to do when working on a new song as most of the time we write the songs together . I wrote this song with a past member of the band a few years ago. The lyrics which I wrote for the song are some of my hardest work haha which I’m definitely proud of.

Were there any hurdles, how did the material develop? No hurdles, we feel like have been on the ball over this pandemic as many would think because of covid music would postpone itself for a while but we’ve managed to keep going and not letting it interfere with our music getting released.

Which platforms will the material be released on? It’ll be released on Spotify, YouTube, iTunes and bandcamp. It’s out on the Friday the 12th of February. Thank you for this great interview, stay safe and keep rocking!

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