By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Stompy drums, chunky riffs and the raspy growl of lead singer Troy Ounce are all the rage in Raincity Ghouls’ newest tune since their hiatus return – the aptly titled “Let Loose,” available now via Rain Dragon Records.
In addition to that, the band has a new self-titled book out, which you can buy now on Amazon here.
The Music Bugle had the opportunity to talk with band drummer/5 Feet Under Studios owner Tom Berttall about their new music and more.
Music Bugle – How would you describe your newest music?
Tom Berttall – Raw, rockabilly punk. Not sure how else to describe it myself! (Laughs)
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?
Tom Berttall – To me, I see it as a form on no-rules-goes. If it sounds sick, then we roll with it.
Music Bugle – What was your goal for your new single?
Tom Berttall – To make some kickass music that we and many others would have fun blasting and dancing along to.
Music Bugle – How did you guys decide on the name “Raincity Ghouls”?
Tom Berttall – Troy had come up with it. Part of it came from his old dog named Ghoul and just where we’re all from.
Music Bugle – What did you focus on primarily during the band’s hiatus?
Tom Berttall – I had actually joined Raincity Ghouls during the hiatus. We’ve just been working on a bunch of stuff, so I’m super excited for everybody to see what we have going on.
Music Bugle – What do you hope for by the end of 2021?
Tom Berttall – Just hoping to get back out there soon playing again, making new content and just continuing on. We can’t wait.
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Tom Berttall – The fact that we purely enjoy what we do. It’s a hobby that’s taken on the form of a career that you still love by the time the day is done.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Tom Berttall – I’ve been on an Offspring kick mainly, but just recently started finding a new love for the UK. Subs.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?
Tom Berttall – Mountains! if i feel the need to get away, then i really try to get away. (Laughs) If I’m not working on music, then I’m trying to go camping and four-wheeling.
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?
Tom Berttall – In many ways, social media has done a lot to help artists get known, but because of how easy we can obtain things through the internet, I find that it can hurt the artist. There is a loss of revenue on hard earned work and though not everybody does this, I believe it to be a fairly big percentage still, which definitely could hinder any artist from working on the next big thing.