MUSIC MATTERS: By Pete Chambers BEM: The Rushmore and Dirty Stop-outs - The Coventry Observer

19th Aug, 2022

MUSIC MATTERS: By Pete Chambers BEM: The Rushmore and Dirty Stop-outs

The Rushmore

A few times this year I have mentioned bands that just could be the next big thing from the area, and I’m happy to add another one to the list.

The Rushmore are a six piece and hail from Leamington Spa, taking their name from a local street in the town.

Back in the early 2000s the seminal line-up of the band was Daz Ryan and Trevor Davies. The concept back then was to be an acoustic duo.

As they gigged, they took on new members, spreading their music all over the local area and beyond. Alarmingly the band reckon they have had a throughput of nearly 100 members!

The debut album ‘Welcome to the War’ was released in 2014. As the put it: “With Welcome to the War, we worked closely with Matt Waddell from 14 Records, who added the now distinctive ‘synth sound’ which has been the driving force of the band’s song writing ever since.

“A couple of years of touring the album, both locally and nationally, have led to a larger following – playing shows in London, Coventry, Birmingham, culminating in a headline show at local venue, the Leamington Assembly.

The Rushmore’s next gig is supporting The World’s Leading Tribute To The Killers -The Killerz – Saturday December 9th at The Benn Hall in Rugby tickets £11 available from For more information on this exciting band go to

The Dirty Stop Outs guide to 1970s

‘The Dirty Stop Out’s guide to 1970s’, is a charming and unique A4-sized book, guaranteed to get the nostalgia juices going for those of a certain age.

Written by Ruth Cherrington, it’s packed from cover to cover with photos and information of an era that was for many (including myself) a defining decade.

Coventry pubs, gigs, bands, films discos and clubs all get a look in and it’s a joy to read.

One of those books you all sit around on, say, Boxing Day, exchanging blasts from the past with cries of “I remember that”. You never know, you may be in it! The biggest compliment I can pay this book is this is exactly how I would want my own book to look like.

I asked Ruth what made her write it: “I always thought the city needed to be recognised more for what was going on leisure wise in the post-war era and all of the innovations and contributions it made.

“The opportunity came for this book earlier this year when fellow writer and leisure enthusiast Neil Anderson wanted to extend his ‘Dirty Stop Out’ books, which until now had focused on northern cities.

“I offered to write one on Cov in the 1970s, an era when I was a teenager getting out and about, and he quickly agreed.

“I soon realised that there was a lot more going on in the 70s than I knew about! The book is therefore the realisation of a personal dream about writing about Coventry and celebrating this great decade in history.”

The book is available at Waterstones, Amazon, and Coventry HMV and Hall of Fame at the 2-Tone Village.

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