After appearing on a recent EP release by a rather well known band who go by the name Groove Armada, a summer of endless festival appearances and a future that holds untold greatness. Becky from the RGBs takes time out to enjoy a little conversation with us at The 405... (Lewis) Hello Becky! It is great to be talking to you.  First of all could you introduce yourself for our readers who are unfortunate not to have heard your music? (Becky) My name’s Becky Jones. I am also known as Saint Saviour. I’m the lead singer of an electro band called the RGBs. (L) Let us talk about some rather incredible news that you released to the world recently concerning a certain EP that you appear on with Groove Armada. How did this EP come to fruition? (B) Well, we have the same management and we are kind of like a happy family. We got to know Groove a while ago because when we joined under their management we supported them on tour for a couple of their dates last year. We started to get booked onto the same festivals with them too. We played Glastonbury, Creamfields in Spain, etc, a couple of hours before they played so we were with them quite a lot. We were put onto the same flights, so we just ended up becoming friends. (L) Great! Well, I have only heard ‘Go’ but it is a really good track, rather funky. (B) Oh right, thank you. I love the chorus. (L) Are you hoping for it to be played in all the clubs this year? (B) Yeah, definitely. We are all really into dance music. The RGBs isn’t specifically dance music, it is kind of electro pop, so to do something that is quite dancey and the idea that it might be played in nightclubs is cool because at heart I’m a clubby kid. That’s what I grew up doing, hanging around in nightclubs and dancing my butt cheeks off three times a week. So it is really exciting to think that I’ve got something going out there into that kind of arena. (L) Definitely. I’ve heard the RGBs being described as fempop.electrodisco, the list goes on. There are so many genres and sub genres, variations, on where your music style resides. Would you specifically place it as ‘electro pop’? (B) To be honest this is actually a blessing and a curse. We often write as a team and our influences, my influences as a musician, not just a singer, are so diverse that I just can’t help what comes out when I write and quite a lot of the time it is actually very disco. Solely because I think it is very easy to get into because it really shows off your voice. And then the rapping, well, it just kind of happened by accident. I never intended to rap in my career. It was hilarious. It started out as a joke because, obviously (her accent rather gives this away), I’m from the Northeast. We’ve got a song with the RGBs called ‘Tourist Guide’ and it has got a rap in it. I remember rehearsing it and being really embarrassed in front of the other guys in the band an thinking ‘Oh God! What are they going to think of me?’ So I just did it and everyone laughed. We got over it. I used to go onstage and say ‘have you ever heard a Geordie rap before?’ But then suddenly people kept asking me to rap so I ended up doing loads of rapping, which was hilarious. (L) What would you say is the inspiration for your writing and how do you write songs for the RGBs? Do you write as a band? (B) With the RGBs I write with a writing partner and then we pass it on to the guys. They then put their own flavour into it. We give them a starter and then it develops in rehearsals. (L) Lets talk about your forthcoming album. I notice it was put back from the end of summer to the next few months. Will we be graced with its release in the near future? (B) We are in limbo at the moment. We want to get a good grounding in terms of being signed and knowing exactly whom we will be working with before we finish the album. We certainly have enough material; we have so much music that we have been writing from the last four years for the album but we just haven’t sorted everything out yet. (L) What do you think draws people to your gigs? What are your strengths, do you feel, onstage. What makes people want to see you perform? (B) Everyone has a bit of voyeur in them. That is why people read Heat magazine and watch clips on Youtube of people doing crazy stuff. I think everyone wants to see people do things ‘outside the box’, although I hate to use that cliché. But what I do onstage is a result of years and years of being frustrated as a singer so I push the boundaries of performance as much as I can to the extent where at the end of a gig I’m just an absolute mess. I just put everything I can into it. It’s only because I’ve been wound up for so lone being in bands where I’ve had to be quite serious and the songs have all been quite heartfelt. You’ve got to be pretty and you’ve got to look at the floor, you have to be kooky. I just got so bored and I wanted to put on a leotard and just scream at people and grab them. It’s such fun. The best thing I have done in my life. (L) You do ware a lot of pretty funky clothing. Along with your alias ‘Saint Saviour’, does this help create a persona onstage that is removed from your offstage self? (B) Oh my god! Absolutely. People are so shocked in real life. I am very shy. People actually laugh about it. When people meet me they expect me to be a crazy woman but I am really shy. A stuttering fool most of the time. (L) Do you think you are setting a trend with your style onstage or are you trying to follow one? I relate to fashion icons like Laura Hollins, aka Agyness Deyn, who seems somewhat similar in style to the RGBs onstage. (B) To be honest, in terms of thinking about it in a fashion sense, I come out in what I ware onstage from the point of view that I’d ware a baby grow if that was appropriate. Actually it is more about me being able to move and use my body and do things like back flips, I can’t do back flips, but gymnastic type stuff. Ass around and throw myself about. And I just can’t do that in anything that isn’t made of lycra. I can’t do it in heels; I’ve got to ware flat shoes and leggings. I’ve tried wearing props like funny hats and masks and within the first song they just get thrown off. I have to ware something really basic and stretchy. So it ends up being funny leotards. I’ve often felt quite embarrassed, I will be a really shy person offstage in trainers and jeans and I’ll do my sound check without any makeup, and everyone is like ‘oh my god, who is she and what is she going to do?’ And then I’ll come out in a thong leotard with diamonds encrusted all over it. (Laughs). The first five minutes onstage you just feel ‘Ohhhhh! What am I doing?’ Then you get into it and everyone understands ‘Oh right! That’s what she’s up to’. It can be embarrassing coming out onstage like it (laughs) my mum came once and I wore a red thong leotard with tassels coming off it. (L) Does it get to the stage when you come offstage and you resort back to your shyness? (B) Yeah! I’m really shy again and everyone is shouting ‘that was amazing’ and I find it quite difficult. (L) Do you feel as though you just wish to hide away? (B) Well, I try not to be rude but it is really difficult. The other girls will tell you the same thing. Before you go onstage you don’t want to talk to anybody. You have guests there and you feel rude but you just don’t want to talk. You need to zone out. Then when you come off you are so exhausted all you want to do is have a drink and a fag and give yourself ten minutes or so. (L) So let us go back to your alias. Where did ‘Saint Saviour’ come from, what inspired such an alias? (B) I live in Bermondsey, in southeast London. The whole area is actually amazing to live in because it’s just full of history. It’s kind of like a Dickensian area where everything is kind of old Victorian, with old warehouses and workhouses where orphans used to live, like Oliver. There is an old workhouse around the back of Waterloo station and it is called ‘Saint Saviours’ and it is an orphanage. I just really liked the idea of a woman taking in all these kids and being their saviour. Also it is inspired by a picture I have in my living room that I bought from an artist. It’s a picture of her idea of what Saint Saviour looks like and it is just the most beautiful painting I have ever seen and I am so lucky to have it in my living room. (L) And the RGBs? What inspired that name? (B) We were coming back from Glastonbury a few years ago, which we went to as regular punters, and we were completely wasted and knackered and filthy. And you know when you are a bit wired and your mind is just having funny thoughts, you just come out with rubbish and you’re laughing at yourselves. We were kind of like ‘quick draw’ shouting out band names like ‘blah’ ‘blah’ ‘blah’ ‘blah’ and I just shouted ‘RGBs’. I didn’t know where it came from, but at the time I was helping run an art company and it was all about graphic art so we had to deal with RGB colours, red, green and blue spectrums and also CMYK. So I thought ‘lets go retro’ and call it the RGBs. It’s actually the colour spectrum that creates the colours on your TV screen. (L) What are your roots? Where is it that you were ‘birthed’? (B) (Laughs) I was ‘birthed’ in the northeast of England in a town called Stockton-On-Tees, which is near Middlesborough. It’s the birthplace of the match and the railway. (Pause…. . .. ..) Also apparently heroin! (L) Hah!!! Well… nice? Thank you Stockton-On-Tees? So have you always wished to be in the music industry, even from a young age? (B) Yeah! I have always, always, always wanted to be a performer and I decided I wanted to be a singer specifically when I was about eleven or twelve. It was for a number of different reasons. Just thinking it was an escapism thing and as much as I like going back there I always wanted to escape the place I came from. I always wanted to get out and see the sights, to be in a big city. Also, my parents are really into music. My dad’s a biker so I grew up listening to music all the time. Rock music basically. Janice Joplin, The blues. I always wanted to be Janice Joplin. (L) Would you class her as a hero figure then? (B) I don’t know about hero because she didn’t change the world or anything. But she was an amazing singer and the thing about her is that I have never heard anyone sing like that. I think that Beth Ditto is the closest anyone has ever come to it and Beth is amazing, but there is something that defies logic about Janice Joplin. It’s not right. People shouldn’t be able to sing like that biologically. Vocal chords are not designed to do that yet she managed to do it for a career, for ages. I think that is amazing and she was so good, so powerful. I guess she is kind of like my singing hero. (L) So have you played musical instruments your whole life also? (B) In the RGBs I play a keytar, which is like a keyboard guitar. (L) Like the infamous ‘saxaboo’ Jack Black uses in Tenacious D? (B) (Laughs) Yeah! Like on of those. But I played the violin when I was young. I’m really into synths at the moment. About two or three years ago I got really into Gary Newman and thought ‘scrap guitars, scrap basses, I’m just going to play with keyboards’ and that is why the RGBs happened. So I guess that’s a good thing. (L) It most definitely is. So what would you class as the best gig you have ever played? (B) Definitely Glastonbury. Just because we couldn’t believe we were there. Actually the ‘Lovebox’ was brilliant as well. I think what people think when they see us is, they think of us as a kind of freak show type thing! And people go ‘Oh my god! What’s that weird noise?’ and they just want to go and see for that ‘funny’ factor. I seriously believe that. I would do the same if I heard that kind of noise coming from the stage. I would go over and see what the hell was going on. We’re no Arcade Fire but I think people want to see it because it is entertaining. I love CSS, and the reason I got into them is because I was drawn in to their live shows. (L) I am inclined to agree, I had a similar experience with The Irrepressibles at Latitude Festival last year. We have talked of your good gig experiences, would you enjoy sharing any bad gig experiences with us? (B) Well, there have been a number of bad gigs because we are such am electronic band that we rely heavily on lots of things that can break down. Actually, although the gig turned out amazing, we played at Creamfields in Spain. It was freezing and raining in England when we got on the plane, and when we got off at 9am in Spain it was so hot. We just thought ‘whoa! If it gets any hotter than this we’re just going to have a nightmare because we run around so much. Anyway, it got about twice as hot and our computer got too hot and just exploded. We play through the computer so it is pretty important. Then Robin, our drummer, realised his snare drum and kick pedal had been lost in transit. It was at a dance festival so there was only one other band that had a drummer. So we went running around in the heat trying to find a snare drum but finally Groove Armada gave us one and we just prayed that the computer was working, and it did. We turned it on later and it was fine. We had the thought that we had flown to Spain and this whole thing is a nightmare, we are not going to be able to do it! (L) That sounds like a pretty ominous situation to be in (laughs). At least it worked out ok for you guys though. Talking of festivals and being chosen to play bigger and bigger festivals, you are starting to grasp a firm rooting within the industry. You have been featured in a lot of magazines too. Is there a particular magazine you would love to be featured in, a magazine that would make you think ‘we have finally made it’? (B) Well, the one that comes to my head because I have so much respect for them and, well, I have different influences that inspire me to buy new music, is ‘Fact magazine’. I really feel that if I got in it I would be ‘cool’ because I read it religiously. I save every issue and I have a bookshelf with one shelf containing every Fact magazine since the beginning. I really love the music that they are into. They inform me as to what could be good to listen to and I have discovered some really cool music from reading it. They got me into M.I.A., which really inspired the RGBs. (L) I can certainly hear the influence within your music, but I prefer the twist you put on the style to M.I.A. I must say. So what are your hopes for the future, in one year and five years time? (B) Well, for a year away, I guess I’d like this ‘female electronica blah blah’ thing to happen to us because there are lots of female electronic artists just getting loads of hype at the moment. I just want a piece of that. I want to show that with electronic music it doesn’t have to be clicks and beeps. You can have really crafted and cool pop songs but with the clicks and beeps as well. And in five years time I want to be a household name (laughs). I’ll probably be doing the keep fit section on GMTV. (L) (Laughs) so, many of us experience pretty random and strange events in our lives that leave us feeling a little bemused or annoyed, even happy. Are there any such events in your life that you can recall and share with us? (B) I can’t really think of anything huge. But… I met my doppelganger once. And that was really weird, really random. And she was a cow. So… (Laughs) So I guess it was a pretty shite experience as well. I saw her and couldn’t believe it. So I went up and talked to her and she was a complete cow. Oh! Actually, something else hilarious happened that night. I was performing my solo stuff at a gig, which is just me, I sit and play a piano. Everyone loved it but this one guy. I’d booked his friend to play at the gig because I was booking the gig and he turned up and just stood on the balcony going ‘you’re shiiiiiit!’ Like, I’ve booked your friend, and I’m playing a gig, you don’t turn up and shout that. So I sent a strong worded myspace message to his friend that I booked. (L) After that thought, let’s go to some positive thoughts. If there was one thing in the entire world you could be doing right now, what would that one thing be? (B) I’d like to be on tour somewhere I guess. Touring. I’m at my happiest when I’m touring about and gigging all the time. I think probably on a really cool tour bus that has a TV and a seating area with video games, probably in Japan or something. (L) That sounds like a rather good way to spend your time. Now to the very last question, could you leave us with one thought, any thought. (B) Tomorrow is another day… We thank Becky sincerely for conversing it up with us and hope for an incredible year, and future for herself and the RGBs. The 405… To discover more about the RGBs check out the links below - Website: http://www.thergbs.com/ Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/thergbs To discover more about the EP Becky featured on with Groove Armada check out the previous post concerning such on the 405 through the link below – Clicketyclick