If your drummer can drum and your singer can sing, you’re halfway there says Rudely Interrupted guitarist Rohan Brooks.
The group, who met at music therapy, have found opportunity and resistance in their point of difference, he says.
Three of the four band members live with a disability.
They have played for the UN in New York and with an 80-piece orchestra in Italy and toured Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Rudely Interrupted will launch a new music video later this year.
“I still think we’re shooting for something that’s possibly unattainable but we’re not doing it to be a super huge band, we’re doing it to show people what can be achieved given the right support,” Brooks says.
“Does it make it harder for us? It can and it does. In other ways we are afforded opportunities that possibly wouldn’t be open to others.”
Given the talent that they do have, they should be afforded the opportunities as everyone else and we will keep shooting until we are accepted as artists.Rudely Interrupted guitarist Rohan Brooks
Brooks formed the band 11 years ago.
“We felt we could make something out of it when the drummer Josh started playing.
“Rory also lives with perfect pitch so if our drummer can keep time and our singer can sing then we’re halfway there.
“Having played in bands for a long time I know what it takes and there was a little bit if magic with what we were doing. It was completely out of control but there was togetherness that happened and I just knew with some effort and practice and support it could turn into something.”
Brooks says his band mates’ disabilities has put some people off working with them.
“To look at someone’s disability and think they can’t do something is incredibly wrong and that preconception is the thing that stops a lot of people from working with us.
“I think they’re fearful of what other people would think of them if they choose to work with us.
“Given the talent that they do have, they should be afforded the opportunities as everyone else and we will keep shooting until we are accepted as artists.”
Rudely Interrupted will play Babushka Lounge on Saturday, May 13 from 8-10pm. Tickets are $10. Check out www.rudelyinterrupted.com.