Lemonade Shoelace is a one man psychedelic pop rock project created by Newcastle (Co. Down) native Ruairí Richman. The project has grown over the past year and a half and the debut single ‘Autopilot Paradise’ has just been released, and it sounds like a dreamy ode to summer days, perfect for fans of the likes of ‘Tame Impala’ or ‘Air’. Ruairí spoke to The Jumble Magazine about the new track, his future plans, and what inspires him most.
I started making music about 5/6 years ago, but I began to take it all more seriously over the past year and a half when I started Lemonade Shoelace. I have four talented band members who join me on stage when I perform live, but sadly there hasn’t been a whole lot of live performances as of late.
I guess my music is like a hypnotic explosion of melodies, with a sprinkle of psychedelic synths. ‘A Psychedelic Sundae; is a good way to describe it.
Normally, my main source of inspiration comes from whatever my mind is focused on at any time… recently, that’s been self development, being happy, and a good deal of escapism. I want to make music that people can use as an escape, and I’m obsessed with catchy melodies. Space and time give me a lot of inspiration too, and the idea that we are floating on a rock at a million miles an hour is something I always wander about.
I’ve found that the past year has had a varied influence on my music. Nearly all of the tunes that I’m releasing were actually written and produced from the start of lock down as I had a lot more time to focus on my sound and lyrics. It definitely inspired what I was writing about and pushed more of that feeling of escapism I was talking about before. The local scene took much more of a hit than I did though. I was living and studying in Dublin whilst working in Whelan’s at the time, and going from being right in the centre of the Irish scene to being back home to a lonely Newcastle was quite a contrast. It’s still pretty crazy what happened, the start of lock down feels like an overslept dream to me.
I think my favourite tune of mine at the moment is ‘Do Whatever Makes You Happy’. I can’t wait to get it out into the world. I wrote it to help myself, and hopefully other people through tough and uncertain times, and it certainly worked on me.
‘Autopilot Paradise’ has just been released. My band and I played a version of it and another tune live at The Oh Yeah Centre which you can watch here. I have a cool collaborative DIY music video on my Youtube Channel too. It’s a cover of ‘After the Storm’ by Kali Uchis ft. Tyler, The Creator & Bootsy Collins. The cover is featuring Leah Whearty & Finnbarr Richman, it’s a great piece to check out if you wanna have a boogie.
Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming Lemonade Shoelace EP, and stay up to date with the project on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can listen to ‘Autopilot Paradise’ on The Jumble Magazine Local Music Playlist and check out Lemonade Shoelace on Spotify.