RPMBased at Hereford Music Studios, RPM play swing jazz and blues in the authentic style. With the music of Louis Jordan, Louis Prima, Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, Sonny Boy Williamson, Duke Robilliard, early BB King and some new originals in the same style they are currently going down a storm at venues ranging from Monmouth, Gwent, to Stourport in the Midlands.
Press and PRRPM are a trio of experienced musicians who are currently wowing audiences at gigs all over the country. From the Midlands to the Royal Forest of Dean the band are getting great reviews and, more importantly, return gigs.
Serendipity played a great part in the original band being formed, when Mick O'Toole happened to be in the right place at the right time one summers day. He was having some tyres changed at John Woods Tyres, in Hereford Cattle Market, when he heard Pete playing and wandered up to listen in. So they traded some chat, with Mick admitting he played double bass and Pete relating some of his skills, until Pete suggested that all they needed was a drummer. Mick said "I know someone", and the rest is history...
Led by Pete Goodall (of Thunderclap Newman, the Troggs, Carl Douglas, and many other name bands) on guitar and vocals, with Mick O'Toole (of the Commitments) on bass, double bass and vocals, and with Phil Jacobs, a veteran of the London Big Bands scene, on drums, the band quickly gathered a faithful following. The same faces were to be seen in the audience up and down the country, with some people travelling for hours just to see big Mick..
And then came Mick's tragically early demise. This tore the heart out of the band, its management, and fans.
After a stunned interval, Pete decided that the best thing to do was to carry on, so he recruited his old mate from back in the day - another bass player called Mick - Mick Bigham. So RPM 2 was born.
The music is slightly different now, however, without the double bass, but with the addition of occasional guests the band is still packin' 'em in.