Rich Ragany And The Digressions Drop New Tune

Fronted by former Role Models leader Rich Ragany, the last few years has seen the Calgary, Canada born and now UK-based songsmith build up quite a reputation with his band of rock n ’roll trailblazers, The Digressions. With musicians that include Andy Brook (celebrated producer, SHUSH), Gaff (Glitterati, Dedwardians, Desperate Measures,) Ricky McGuire (UK SUBS, The Men They Couldn’t Hang), Simon Maxwell (Role Models, Yo Yos) and Kit Swing (Mallory Knox, Seven Days And Doesn’t Die), the band won over the hearts of many in 2021 with their critically-acclaimed Beyond Nostalgia & Heartache album, gaining considerable airplay on BBC Introducing.

Rich Ragany

Rich Ragany
Rich Ragany

Sharing stages with the likes of The Lemonheads, Warrior Soul, The Men They Couldn’t Hang, Whitfield Crane, Ginger Wildheart, The Professionals, Steve Conte (New York Dolls) as well as packing out London venues in their own right, all this deserved attention has led to the band signing a deal with Barrel And Squidger (who have released music by CJ Wildheart, Massive Wagons, members of Status Quo and Sex Pistols) and released their new album What We Do (To Not Let Go) in March of this year. Rich Ragany And The Digressions have now released their new single How Much Of Me Is You? 

How Much Of Me Is You? No matter how much you try, sometimes the people you want to accept you just won’t,” explains Ragany. “You can poison yourself with the elixir of their love… Get addicted to the turmoil…This is about, in sound and lyrics, letting go and tearing away. Now doesn’t that feel better? “How much of me is you? Not enough I guess. What a fuckin’ mess…”

It’s a taster off an album that is crammed full of soaring melodies and the kind of rock n’ roll that can take on many different moods, sounds and styles. For What We Do (To Not Let Go) that band went for a different approach to its predecessor…

Check out the fantastically unique and energetic video by Craig Temple for the glammy-guitar and harmony-heavy stomper How Much Of Me Is You? below:

“As ‘Nostalgia….’ had that wide-screen depth and cinematic feel,” explains Ragany. “I decided to lay down a new approach. Gone were layering guitars and keys, in with punchy one takes… everyone getting one shot… everybody gets one job (Gaff is lead guitar, Kit rhythm for example no layers… just the parts), solos are solid takes and not pieced together. This to me would ensure that everyone’s personality would shine right through while making the songs far more immediate and vital. If it’s one thing I’ve learned while being incredibly lucky to work with the Digressions, it’s that they have a ton of personality.

“After writing, recording our Beyond Nostalgia And Heartache album through the pandemic I felt we were on an incredible creative roll. So just before the release of Nostalgia I booked time again with Andy at The Brook Studios in Wallington Rock City. I had the songs and the band had grown into something very special. We had to keep going, which felt natural. What you get is a muscular yet melodic, anthemic rock n roll album. A new way of telling our story. One I can say I am so proud to be part of.”

What We Do (To Not Let Go) is out now via Barrel and Squidger Records with album release parties on 3rd March at The Parish in Huddersfield and 4th March at London’s Camden Assembly in London were all well received. The band have also just secured the main support slot on The Southall Lawless Stage of The Call Of The Wild Festival on 27th May with more dates across the country being added.

Steel Panther Live And Lewd In Manchester

Jessie Ware @ Mighty Hoopla 2024 (Kalpesh Patel)

A Mighty Finish To Hoopla Weekend 2024

It’s time for one of the weekend’s big guns as I head over to get a good spot for Rita Ora. She’s not due on for...
Weezer @ The O2 (Kalpesh Patel)

Weezer’s Double Header Slot Feels Like Support At The O2

With LA-hailing rockers Weezer seemingly misstepping with a planned (ans subsequently aborted) 2022 Broadway run in...

Fire, Flirtation And Fighting Cancer At Trixi’s Grindhouse

Signature Brew Haggerston has never been quite so glamorous as it is for the inaugural Trixi’s Grindhouse, the sold...
Liam Gallagher @ The O2 (Abigail Shii)

Liam Gallagher Embodies His Biblical Rock ‘N’ Roll Star At The O2

"Biblical, celestial rock star" proclaim the billboards outside The O2. While Liam Gallagher didn’t quite reach the...
Rival Sons @ Oxford Academy (Sam Holt)

Rivals Sons Play Intimate Show At Oxford Academy As Part Of Their European Summer Tour

Rival Sons, currently on their European tour, stopped off at Oxford's O2 Academy and tonight’s is one of only two...
Rebellion Festival 2024

Stage Times Announced For Blackpool’s Rebellion Festival 2024

Returning this summer over four days from the 1st to the 4th of August at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, Rebellion...
The Smashing Pumpkins @ The O2 (Kalpesh Patel)

The O2 Is A Vampire As Smashing Pumpkins Exsanguinate In London

“You might have heard, I have a reputation. You heard about that James?” barks Billy Corgan, grinning at his Pumpkins’...
Dean Lewis (Sean Loaney)

Dean Lewis Announces Third LP The Epilogue + Global Tour

Global superstar Dean Lewis has announced that his hotly anticipated third studio album The Epilogue will be released...

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share Thing