Classic Rock Revisited presents the World Premier Video for Ragdoll’s “Rewind Your Mind”
“Ragdoll are old school rock with a twist! This is good stuff!”
– Classic Rock Revisited Owner Jeb Wright
Australian hard rock band Ragdoll redefine the term power trio. Since 2011 the band, comprising Ryan Rafferty (vocals and bass), Cam Barrett (drums) and Leon Todd (guitar), have pioneered a hybrid between classic bombast and modern muscle some have dubbed "hair grunge". A fine balance between raw power, monstrous hooks and intricate musicianship has seen the band through four releases and three international tours, expanding well beyond their isolated home in Perth to share the stage alongside heavyweights Guns'n'Roses, Korn, Alice in Chains and more.
The world's most isolated capital city, and home to little more than 1.5 million people, Perth, Western Australia, is renowned as a hub for indie and roots music; hardly the place you'd expect to find a band channeling the golden age of American and European rock music. Guitarist Leon Todd explains "Not many people our age grow up listening to the likes of Rush, Purple, Sabbath and Zeppelin, so when you meet a fellow musician who shares your taste and your passion for high quality rock music, you tend to stick together. We're just lucky to have found one another and to have all shared a similar vision for our ideal band".
Ragdoll's latest offering, "Ragdoll Rewound", brings this ideal to life over 9 studio tracks and 4 exclusive live tracks. Merging the swagger of the 70s, the anthemic melodies of the mid 80s and the sonic intensity of the modern era. Refined through a series of independent EP releases and a prodigious international touring schedule, the bands approach is best described by lead vocalist and bass player Ryan Rafferty "we bring together all the things that we, as rock music fans, love about all our favorite bands; power, melody and groove. "
Be it the histrionics of tracks like the raucous single "Tell Me" and "Foot to the Floor" or the understated emotion of "Heaven Above", Ragdoll are not short on any of these three elements. Ryan Rafferty is a revelation on lead vocals, with a vocal tone in the mould of David Coverdale or the late Steve Lee. Together with Cam Barrett on drums, the two form a powerful rhythm section drawing on the classic power trio format of Cream, Rush and Kings X. Rising young gun Leon Todd rounds out the trio on guitar, and is quickly forging a reputation for his consummate song craft and electric live performances.
2015 has already seen Ragdoll nominated for a prestigious Western Australian Music award for the track "Here Today" off "Ragdoll Rewound" as well as landing a slot at the Rocklahoma festival in the USA, alongside Linkin Park, Slayer and Godsmack. A short tour of the USA will follow, including a headline show at the infamous Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, accompanied by a brand new single and music video, "Rewind Your Mind".
Leon Todd (guitar)
Cam Barrett (drums)
Ryan Rafferty (bass/vocals)