News Ross & The Wrongens: ‘I Have An English Heart And Irish Blood’

Because there’s nothing wrong with a bit of good ol’ British cheekiness.

Kent lads, Ross & The Wrongens have scoured the length and breadth of the UK for a few years now (these boys only ride in style, coming in the shape of a refurbished Royal Mail van named PAT), with their ‘shalalala’s and ‘tralalala’s melting the nostalgic hearts of their charmed audiences. Their EP ‘Life In The Loo’s’ recently released, DIY caught up with the man with the plan, Ross, to discuss life as a Wrongen.

Ross, who are your wrongens?
Sam D Wrongen - Drums/Backing Vocals; Nils O’Wrongen - Bass/Double Bass/Banjolin; Sam G Wrongen - Guitar/Banjo/Backing Vocals; Timmy Wrongen - Hammond/Accordion.

You’ve got a new EP coming out, ‘Life In The Loo’s’. Why ‘Life in the Loo’s’? Wait, do I want to know the answer to that…
Well, ‘Life In The Loo’s’ is our very first EP. The songs on the EP itself came from a couple of live acoustic videos we did. Also, Pepsi Max used one of the videos as a promotion for an online competition called ‘Max It Legends’. After that, we thought it’d make a pretty good title for the EP…

I’d say you have a fairy English sound. I mean, your single ‘That Magic Feeling’ has even been used on the Jack Wills Summer video. That’s pretty British. Who are your biggest musical influences?
I have an English heart and Irish blood! That’s pretty spot on. My biggest influences are everything from Frank Sinatra to The Sex Pistols. You can fill in the blanks there…

It’s fair to say that you’ve played some pretty established venues and festivals, from the Camden Crawl to the Cavern Club. Would you say touring is a really important part of the band?
Definitely. It’s the main part really, second only to writing. We did our first tour this summer; PAT took us where we needed to go. We gigged every day, drunk every night, we played some in-store gigs and recorded tour videos. It was a lot of fun!

What does the band have in store for us next?
Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll… You know, the usual.

Ross & The Wrongens’ new EP ‘Life In The Loo’s’ is out now.

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