Pulling the strings Pop band New Rules giving away four guitars to lucky fans as they launch single
ENGLISH-IRISH pop band New Rules have launched a unique promotion for their latest single, My Guitar.
The group, which features Dubliner Ryan Meaney from Rathfarnham, are giving away Taylor guitars to four lucky fans.
And the hot trio have also organised a series of online music coaching classes featuring a string of stars including Niall Horan's guitarist Jake Curran, Danny O'Reilly from The Coronas and Billy McGuinness from Aslan.
New Rules, which also includes Alec McGarry and Nathan Lambert from England, have spent lockdown working on new songs, learning Spanish and interacting with their fans around the world.
"We've seen during lockdown how people's mental health can be up and down, and we've done the one thing that we know helps our mental health and that's play music," Ryan tells Shuffle.
"This week on a web page we'll be putting up videos of different artists talking about their first guitar and then teaching songs, so maybe after watching those videos some of the fans will be inspired to play guitar.
"There are some great video interviews. Danny from The Coronas gives tuition on how to play their hit, Heroes Or Ghosts, which was a huge song for me growing up, and for anyone into music in Ireland.
"Billy's one is absolutely amazing too. He teaches how to play Crazy World. We've been in contact back and forth with Aslan on social media since our show in Dublin. Alec did a chorus of Crazy World that night and the fans went mad seeing this lad from London singing Crazy World in Dublin.
"Aslan saw that on social media and they shared it, and since then we've kept in contact. That'll be great for Irish fans on the web page seeing people like Billy and Danny getting involved.
"Niall Horan's guitarist Jake Curran is brilliant too. He teaches a Niall song, Heartbreak Weather, which we just know our fans are going to lose their minds over.
"Heartbreak Weather is the title track off Niall's last album and it's a really upbeat, funky kind of song. I think the fans are going to love that one the most."
Knowing that not everyone can afford to get started, Taylor Guitars have donated four guitars to give away to people that want to start learning in lockdown, and these will come with a New Rules Zoom guitar lesson.
"It'll help to keep people busy and happy during lockdown," Ryan says.
"To be in with a chance of winning one of the guitars, fans have to tell why music helps them in lockdown. It's not cheap to go and buy a good guitar like a Taylor guitar, which is what we all play in the band. They are brilliant guitars, so we're delighted to get the opportunity to give some away."
Ryan says that London-based New Rules have grown closer as a band since lockdown, and have also established what they're trying to achieve musically.
"We built a makeshift studio up on the top floor of the house we're sharing, and we just learnt how to record and how to get a good sounding demo. That's where our new single, My Guitar, came from, and there are several other tracks that hopefully we'll be releasing very soon.
"At the start, we were also trying to get our Spanish a lot better, so that we can do interviews for Mexico and South America where we now have a lot of fans. We've been watching a lot of Spanish TV shows.
"My Spanish is OK because I did it for six years in secondary school at Templeogue College, and then I did it for one year in UCD, so I was a little bit ahead of the other lads.
"We've also been keeping in touch with fans. We're just doing a Zoom party with them and chatting about the tour, and what's going to happen. And it will happen eventually."
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