Ahead of the Battle of the Bands final at Tooth and Claw in March, Noah of Ramanan Ritual answers a few questions from IGigs.

Evolving from the imagination of Noah Ramanan, Ramanan Ritual are a four piece band of Highland hippies whose music is described as “brewing up psychadelic folky blues with a world of musical influences”. It is perhaps unsurprising that the band have done so well at the Battle of the Bands, so it was great to get to ask them a few questions;

For the band how does it feel to be in the final of the competition?

It’s amazing to be in the finals! The band had just fully formed and the competition came up as a gig opportunity and we went for it. I think it’s really inspired us to really push ourselves.

What do you think it is about your music that has caught the imagination and support of the audiences and the judges?

I think our music is just really different to the other bands in the competition and that turns heads! We draw on alot of different influences so that makes it appealing to a wide audience.

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Ramanan Ritual at Tooth & Claw February 2019

A thousand quid is an impressive prize, what are your plans for it, should you win?

To be honest we haven’t really thought about the money! Everything from gigs so far has just gone into a pot. It will probably go into getting an album out in the near future.

For people new to your music, how do you describe it?

Oooh, I always struggle with this question. Let’s go with ” if Nick Drake grew up in India listening to Black Sabbath in a jazz bar”

If you were to build a soundtrack of your band, choosing only other act’s work, which five tunes would top the list?

That’s hard! Umm Jimi Hendrix – hear my train a coming, Xavier Rudd – fortune teller, tinariwen – sastanaqqam, Bert janch – blackwater side, Shakti – la danse du Bonheur. To name but a few, good question!

When it comes to preparing for the final how easy is planning your set-list and which are the songs that will definitely make it to the final ?

It was pretty straight forward picking the songs, we all have our faves and kind of know which ones resonate with the crowd most. We want the show to be super high energy, have good vibes, get people engaged and smiling! We also wrote a new song for the final which has been alot of fun.

Which of the bands that you have seen in the competition have you been impressed by, and why?

I was totally mesmerized by Wilson Noble in the first round, he’s doing some really cool loop pedal stuff that just blows my mind. It feels really fresh and musically diverse.

What are your plans and ambitions for 2019?

2019 looks to be an awesome year, we have a load of cool gigs lined up so keep your eyes peeled! And we definitely want to spend some time in the studio to get some tasty recordings done an album has been a long time coming.

Ramanan Ritual joins Monsters in the Ballroom and The Dihydro in the final of the Battle of the Bands at The Tooth and Claw, 23rd of March, 2019.

See what fellow Battle of the Bands finalists, The Dihydro, said for themselves below;