Q&A Scene: PENCIL of The Ruminaters

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

Bad bad things is our new single it’s not as bad as it sounds. It’s more about not minding if you do something bad. You ain’t an actual bad boy. Just if the option is there. You will take the bad kid route. It’s off the new ep we will be releasing soon called “I used to hate the the Ruminaters, now I like them”.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

I love working on my base tan.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

Jarleth pissed in a bread roll and chucked it at my head while I was recording a guitar part on our first album “I hate the Ruminaters”

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

Dim sims. Cause you can eat heaps of them. And you can get heaps of different flavours. Kinda like our songs. Lot of different stuff in there.

What, or who, inspires you? 

Anything really. I can usually tell what I’ve been listening to a lot when I write. I can pin point a lot of ours songs to specific bands or songs I’ve been into. Or not into. Also a lot of stupid conversations end up being song lyrics. And shaping whole songs.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Waterloo sunset by the kinks. It’s one of the nicest songs ever. I wish I could make back up vocals feel that nice. And that descending melody he sings through out the verses just gets me feelin stuff in me gut.

What’s next for you?

Gonna release this ep. We’ve started writing the new album so just working to making that better than anything. It’s already shaping up to be the best shit yet.

What’s your scene?


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THE RUMINATERS are a bunch of punks with your dads old hair cut who don’t mind doing bad, bad, things. Kicking off their new single with the devilish lyrics “I’m an unholy saint I do bad things just to get on by, I’ll take your daughter out and I’ll make another me” the self-described ‘swamp’ rockers new single      ‘BAD BAD THINGS’ is here.

The Ruminaters have recently returned home after completing their first European & UK tour with a string of headline dates and support slots alongside The Black Lips, Eagulls White Fence. Since dropping their first single of 2016 Mr Bubbles’ off their new record ‘I Used To Hate The Ruminaters, Now I Like Them’ The Rumies have made quite the impression with local and international tastemakers alike.

Mixing duties were taken on by Evan McHugh who has worked with the likes of Midnight Oil, Grinspoon,The Golden Age, Jet and The Delta Riggs, while keeping his foot in the live engineering world mixing for Dead Letter Circus, The Preatures, Rowland S. Howard and Wolf and Cub.

Straight off the bat there is no denying The Ruminaters are carving their own path, they are a little bit surfy, a little bit psychedelic, but the very essences of rock ‘n’ roll. The bands front man aptly named ‘Pencil’ instantly commands your attention with his hoarse yet powerful vocal and Mick Jagger esc vibe, taking you on a journey which will inevitably have you singing “It’s a Rumie show” by the end.

If you are heading up to BIGSOUND check em out. They’ll be making some noise!

Catch The Ruminaters at the following shows:

Sunday 4th Sept 

Visions Stage – King Street Crawl

Newtown, NSW

Thursday 8th Sep: 

BIGSOUND: The Flying Cock

 Brisbane, QLD

Friday 16th Sept

The Lord Gladstone 

Sydney, NSW


About Mary Boukouvalas 1501 Articles
Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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