Low Rent Tractors are a London band who were formed in late 2011 and have recorded their debut material over the last year. Their sound ranges from apocalyptic funk (“Idiots Dance”), motorik krautrock (“Penny Arcade”) to all-out 80s guitar epic (“Diamond White”). Influences
are the classic car boot fair – from Bowie to Iggy Pop, Zeppelin to Talking Heads, Velvet Underground to Neu! – we’re talking rock music, not dappy indie stuff. Mind you, they do have a liking for Beck too.
The band is:
Andrew Robertson, guitarist and singer, also known for his work as an actor in The Cement Garden and Gormenghast. Robertson has produced three e.p.’s for psychedelic group Higamos Hogamos (ex-DC recordings) with whom he also plays guitar. He also plays in bands with Viv Albertine, producer Youth, and Zed from Zodiac Mindwarp. He works full time at Queen Mary University researching the synchronisation of computer technology with rock bands. Handy day job!
Hugo Wilkinson, bass, has played in several London bands including Carnival of Souls, The Nines, and with Andrew Robertson and Billy Scherrer in Liberty Ships, where he doubles up as guitarist and bassist – a man of many talents.
Adam Whitfield is on drums. His ideal holiday is to lock himself in a rehearsal room and practice.
Gronk has his own band (Gronk and the Bodydoubles), also featuring Robertson and Wilkinson (they get around!) and has trained as a sound engineer at London’s Alchemea studios. He’s currently working as a freelancemixing engineer.
Currently gigging in North London, their recordings are looking to be released in early 2013. Watch this space!