The Rainband chosen for Simoncelli tribute with single ‘Rise Again’

The Rainband, will speed into the summer, after being chosen to perform their second single ‘Rise Again’, as a tribute to motorbike legend, Marco Simoncelli, at the British Moto GP.

The band was contacted by the Marco Simoncelli Foundation to write a single to honour the Italian motor racing hero, who died at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix, aged just 24.

Rise Again will be officially released on 18 June and the band are currently filming the accompanying video in Marco’s hometown of Coriano, Italy.

Martin Finnigan, singer of The Rainband, said:
“Being invited to open the French and Italian motor shows is a big honour for us. We’re performing in aid of the Marco Simoncelli Foundation, whose sole focus is to build a specialist hospital for disabled people in Rimini. All proceeds from our single will go straight to the charity.

“Rise Again is one of our best songs and is a brilliant soundtrack to the Foundation and a fitting tribute to remarkable man.”
The band has invited double world moto GP super bike world champion, James Toseland, to play piano on the track. He knew Marco personally and on hearing the song wanted to perform with The Rainband.

2012 has been a momentous year for the band which has seen them write the title track for Trevor Williams’ short film ‘Plenty More Fish in the Sea’. They have also been named by the O2 event group as ‘Rising Stars’ at the BRITs. Recent support slots include Simple Minds, The Charlatans and Ocean Colour Scene.

With flavours of Madchester stalwarts – The Stone Roses, Oasis and The Charlatans, The Rainband consists of four lads with serious Madchester pedigree. Guitarist Phil Rainey was previously a member of Peter Hook’s cult combo Monaco.

The band has been applauded by legendary Manchester musicians from Johnny Marr to Liam Gallagher to Tim Booth of the band James. The Rainband’s debut EP and single She’s a Rainbow is out now on Affinity Records and available on iTunes and in all good record stores.

The Rainband at The Brit Awards

Check out the Manchester Evening News review of our Brit Awards 2012 attendance.


The Rainband to play MotoGP at Silverstone

We’re delighted to announce we have been hand picked by the organisers of the British MotoGP at Silverstone to play at June’s event. The event attracts 80,000 Motorbike spectators each year. Details of an exclusive competition to join us on the weekend will follow shortly.

Want to be an extra in a critically acclaimed movie with The Rainband?

Want to be an extra in a critically acclaimed movie with The Rainband? This coming Sunday we film our live music scene in the film ‘Plenty More Fish In The Sea’ at the 101 Bar on Silver Street in Bury. We’ll play this track exclusively live for the 1st time as a band. Filming begins at 4pm and will finish around 8pm. There’s then an aftershow party with some of Manchester’s finest DJ’s. Respond to this status if you want to be involved or email for more details.

Brixton Jamm acoustic set from The Rainband supporting Steve Cradock

Steve CradockTonight Martin & Phil from The Rainband play an acoustic set supporting one of the most talented musicians of a generation Steve Cradock from Ocean Colour Scene. He brings his band to Jamm for an acoustic performance of some style and quality. After a recent visit to the venue which saw Steve Cradock play solo, we know how good this night is going to be so make sure you don’t miss this opportunity. Plus there is an amazing support set from Simon Townshend (The Who).

The Rainband at the HMV Ritz. Interview with Martin & Steve and live tracks The Prodigal & Rise Again

Online music magazine Beatwolf came down to exclusively interview us during our gig at the HMV Ritz Manchester. Two track appear in this 10 minute documentary; The Prodigal and Rise Again

Exclusive ‘fly-on-the-wall’ backstage footage shot by The Rainband at Manchester Apollo

Ever wondered what it’s like to walk on stage at a sold out Manchester Apollo? Before our tour with Ocean Colour Scene in December we certainly did! So now we’d like to share the experience with you all. We’ve edited exclusive behind the scenes footage (shot on Phil Rainey’s camera) of our entrance from dressing room to stage… Enjoy!