“How, unless you drink as I do, can you hope to understand the beauty of an old woman from Tarasco who plays dominoes at seven o’clock in the morning?”
Malcolm Lowry the author of Under The Volcano, a strange and beautiful novel from which that quote is taken, was a dipsomaniac, which is a lot like being an alcoholic except you don’t have to go to meetings. Something about his tale of a Mescal-soaked Englishman living out his final days in the Mexican heat must have appealed to The Family Rain who stole the title for their debut record, which is out next month.
The Family Rain are a rock’n’roll band in the old fashioned sense . They’re called ‘The Family’ because they’re three brothers and ‘Rain’ after Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s timeless blues number “Didn’t It Rain”. The oldest brother, Ollie, plays guitar riffs that strut and stumble like Keith Richards leaving a nightclub. Tim beats the living shit out of the drums while his identical twin Will plays bass and wails like Jack White in a custody hearing.