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Rotunda
02/10/2000



Please give a brief history of the band, including current line up.

Rotunda got together at the back end of 1996 as a four piece, but we later added a second guitarist to the line up so that we sounded more powerful.

The current line up is Louis - vocals, Pikey - lead guitar & vocals, J - guitar & vocals, dave cain - bass and steve on drums.

Discography.

The first recording was a 5 track demo recorded in 1997. Tracks included were 'Red Sky', 'Punk Rocker In Love', 'Message To A Girl', 'High Speed Junky' and 'Neutron Bomb' We only released this demo on cassette and they are all sold out.

The second recording was our 'My Only Weapon' CD which has got 4 tracks on it - 'My Only Weapon', 'Punk Rock Casualty', 'No Fun At All' and 'Neutron Bomb'. We released this on our own label 'Can't Shine Shit Records'. We had 1000 copies made and they are selling pretty well at our gigs (we haven't got a distribution deal or anything) - we've got about 300 copies left.

We are also on loads of comp CD's including 'Brum Scum'.

Why did you choose the name Rotunda?

The Rotunda is a big massive building in the centre of Birmingham. We chose the name Rotunda 'cos we're proud to be Brummies and wanted something to signify our roots and our identity.

Describe your sound and the main themes to your lyrics?

Our sound is street punk with a hardcore oi feel to it. The main theme to our lyrics are social issues and personal experiences.

Do politics and music go together?

Politics and music can go together, like when a political decision affects you personally or just pisses you off. It's fair game to have your say and put your point of view across, but ramming political views down your neck in every song can be a bit boring.

If you could see any band play live, either of the past or present who would it be?

We would love to see BONECRUSHER from Orange County California, because they are the most explosive street punk band in the world today. Past bands would have to be The Clash - what a great band.

What is the Punk/Oi scene like in your area?

In Birmingham, the punk & oi scene is good but there are so many gigs - sometimes 3 a week - that punters get spoilt for choice and become a bit apathetic.

What question would you like to be asked in interviews, but you are never asked? And what is your answer?

Q - If money was no problem, where would you record your debut LP and what label would you like to sign to?

A - West Beach Studios, Hollywood, California - and we'd sign to Epitaph Records.

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2000.

We are going back into the studio in December to record six new tracks - hopefully they'll be out by January. We've got a couple of gigs coming up - 11th October at the Foundry, Birmingham supporting Peter & The Test Tube Babies - 28th October at The Crypt, Lancaster with Eastfield.

Our plan is to try and play as many locations throughout the UK as possible and really just keep the ball rolling and get noticed. Hopefully, we'll get something in Europe as well.

Any final comments?

Cheers for the interview Rebecca - if anyone wants any info check out our website - www.gbasolutions.co.uk/rotunda or email us rotunda@gbasolutions.co.uk for any merchandise etc. or if anyone wants to put us on. 'My Only Weapon' CD is still available for 2 quid + postage. hardcore is punk - punk is oi - oi is hardcore - peace - rotunda

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