The recently reformed The Rainkings, consisting of original and current Inspiral Carpets vocalist Stephen Holt, ex-Inspiral Dave Swift, Cathy Brookes from Dub Sex and ex-Bodines drummer John Rowland, have released their first newly written material since the 1990s. Stephen Holt has tweeted a link to a live rehearsal of a new song called Nothing’s Set In Stone.
The Rainkings formed when Stephen and Dave left the Inspiral Carpets at the end of 1988 and they recruited John and Carl Wolstenholme from The Bodines and went on to release a couple of EPs, building a live following around Manchester and support from the likes of John Peel.
More recently, with Stephen rejoining Inspiral Carpets and finding his buzz for music again, they released a download-only career retrospective on the resurrected Playtime Records label, on which they released their two EPs in the 1990s. Louder Than War reviewed the album at the time and also spoke to Stephen and Dave before the Inspirals’ sold out Manchester show earlier in the year.
They’re currently in the studio working on new material, of which Nothing Set In Stone is the first product. Stephen spoke excitedly about when he met us at the recent Dub Sex reformation gig at the Ruby Lounge.
The Rainkings are on Twitter.