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The band formed in August 2009 with Rob, Steve, James and Tim having worked on various other musical projects together previously and Matt fitting perfectly in to place to form Rapids! They gained their first gig in a small bar in Bournemouth in October 2009 with no recorded music and only the promise to the promoter that they would be good…

Rapids! released their first 3 track, self titled EP in November 2009 limited to just 200 copies and containing their earliest songs; Maps, Void and The Elitist. Following further time in the studio, they released a 6 track EP in March 2010, building on their first three tracks with the songs Fuses, Economics and Inland Empire. Between October 2009 and spring 2010 Rapids! played a large number of shows across the south coast gaining favourable reviews in many high ranking music blogs and magazines such as Artrocker and Rocksound as well as gaining airplay on John Kennedy’s XFM show. During this period, Steve Lamacq did the first of the band’s two on air interviews with the band on 6Music.

The band signed to London/Manchester label Heist Or Hit Records (The Answering Machine, Pomegranates, The Crookes, Love Like Fire) in July 2010 and their first 7” on Heist ‘Fuses’ was released in October 2010. Also in October 2010, the band toured the UK as the main support to The Answering Machine.

With regard to radio, in late 2010, just over a year after forming, Rapids! built on the earlier XFM radio play with the track Fuses being played by Tom Robinson and later a BBC Introducing/6Music live session with Tom at the 6Music studio in London.


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