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With Reaperz emphatic debut single ‘The Living Dead’ causing all kinds of fuss, we sought to find out exactly who your favourite new Scottish hard rock duo are

It is a relatively rare occasion that a band have us so exasperatedly excited with the release of just one single, but Aberdeen’s Reaperz have done just that. With any kind of luck, ‘The Living Dead’ is an example of what is to come from the young duo, it is brash, it is packed full of riffs, and it is one of our standout hard rock tracks of 2019 so far. When accented with its off-kilter, tongue in cheek music video, its easy to see why something so unique, so memorable and so ultimately fun is creating a buzz.

The track had us hooked from the moment that we first heard its crushing opening riff, and has led us seek out the highly rated duo to find out some more about them.

Who TF are Reaperz?

Max and Scott, two average joes from the North East of Scotland (Aberdeen) who became friends at school and decided to make a racket together.

How long have you been making music?

This is our first year in this band but we were in a band previously together and Scott was in another band called Autumn In Disguise.

Why do you make music?

It is a release for the both of us, doing something creative like writing songs is good for our minds and gives us a chance to escape from “normal” life for a short while and to articulate your frustrations in a positive way whatever they may be.

What are your biggest influences?

For us as a band I’d say bands like Queens Of The Stone Age, Muse, RATM, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes but that list is not definitive we both are influenced by different artists, too many to mention!

What would you say has been your best moment so far?

Recording with Romesh Dodangoda at Longwave in Cardiff was a great experience, he was very accommodating and put us at total ease. His studio set up was perfect for us very laidback and we learned a lot from the experience, Cardiff is a cool place also in general!

What do you want people to take away from your music?

For as obvious as it sounds just to actually enjoy the songs for what they are. Lyrically the majority of the songs are about my battles with my mental health and if people can take any encouragement from them and speak about their own struggles then thats great too. Music is subjective so whatever the individual takes from it is okay with us.

What’s your dream “I’ve made it” moment?

Free tea, coffee and energy drinks at the studio haha! Seriously, I think it’s too early to have an answer to that!

Your debut single ‘The Living Dead’ dropped recently, what’s the story behind the track?

It was actually written for our last band but we never used it as we took a break and went and travelled for a bit. It’s a little tongue and cheek but it’s about the rat race and how we all act in it, we are the living dead serving companies and industries who will replace you at the click of a finger which is the reality. I think it’s important in life to have a good work life balance and we can all struggle with that sometimes.

Obviously, we couldn’t talk about the track without mentioning its wonderfully unique music video, what was the thought process behind it?

We wanted to do a music video that portrayed that we don’t take ourselves too seriously. All the videos you see usually are bog standard performance videos and they bore me to tears. I think with this video it’ll stir a reaction either positive or negative and that’s great!

What does the near future hold for Reaperz then?

We have some gigs lined up at the start of August and a few others in the pipeline. Another release is in the works also.

And finally, who is your biggest fan right now?

I’d say my mum wins that one…


‘The Living Dead’ is out now