THE BAND: Loops based, hip-hop inspired, spoken word three piece. Kate Tempest, Archie Marsh and Ferry Lawrenson have been performing at festivals since summer 2008, both on stage and out in the fields with their busking trolly, touting their unmistakeable swirling guitar, crisp drums and rap vocals to a growing fan base. Described by Scroobius Pip as "intelligent" "insightful" and "inspirational", by Huw Stephens as "incredible" and highly praised by John Hillcock who was "phenomenally chuffed" to play Kate Tempest on his XFM show. The band is due to release its debut album and single on Sunday Best in early 2011; be sure to check them out.  As Roots Manuva says, their " are truly of upliftment and betterment", not one to be missed.

ALBUM: Rob da Bank, the BBC Radio 1 DJ and head honcho of successful UK festival Bestival, picked up on Sound of Rum in 2009 and quickly signed their debut LP ‘Balance’ to his label Sunday Best Recordings, enrolling his long-term friend Dan Carey [Dizzee Rascal / La Roux / Lily Allen / Franz Ferdinand / Hot Chip / Kylie / CSS] to produce the album, due for release in March 2011. Backed with an exclusive B-side ‘Can’t Be Saved’ that doesn’t feature on the album
THE 1st SINGLE: ‘Slow Slow’ blends infectious melodies, innovative production and soul jarring lyrics, all delivered with a raw intensity from vocalist Kate Tempest.

LIVE: Sound of Rum have performed at gigs all over London, around UK, and at every essential UK festival on the calendar!  Gig highlights include Glastonbury, Bestival, supporting King Blues & Dub Pistols on UK Tours in 2009 and joining dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip on their UK Tour: 15th March - 28th March 2010.  

OTHER: Kate has won poetry slams in New York (The Nu-Yorican Poetry Café), Salzberg, Austria (The Lyric Kabinett) and various in London (The Albany, Inn on the Green, Farrago, etc).  She was commissioned to write poems for Barnado’s children’s charity and designer Louis Vuitton amongst others.