Sunday 31 July 2022


SCOTS rockers The Ronains received a Russian death threat after issuing the artwork for their latest single Lunatics.  
The band beat Noel Gallagher to the top of the Uk Rock charts with their last single - a Corries approved version of Flower of Scotland. 
Their  latest single was mastered by John Davis of Metropolis studios, who has worked with The Killers, Dua Lipa, U2, Idles, Led Zeppelin, Inhaler and Noel Gallagher 
The track was recorded and produced by Brendan moon and Liam McCluskey @morsecode studio who’ve managed Paolo Nutini, Gun, The view and more.
The song Lunatics  questions how society labels those with mental health issues, had decided to use images of Boris Johnson, Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden, North Korean Kim Jong-Un and other world leaders to question what real insanity might look like. 
They suggested Putin and his peers might be better suited to an asylum than others with mental health issues - and couldn’t believe it when they received a death threat from a Russian Facebook user. 
The message they received privately said: “Watch your drinks you Ukrainian British f***, we know what you look like and will track you. Russia forever”
Jim Ronain of the band which also has members Debi, Linzi, and Ciaran,  said: “We always like to question the norm and have a bit of a laugh at other people’s expense so we put out the artwork to accompany our single for its pre sale release ahead of August 5, but we couldn’t believe it when we got a message in Russian from someone who took our message way too seriously.
“It’s actually really scary, particularly because they said they know what we look like. With us gigging and touring they could access us at any time really and we are concerned because we do like a drink, and don’t always think about what we are gulping down.”
He added: “We actually have filed a police report on the matter because it is considered a serious threat.”
The Ronains, who count Peaky Blinders Tommy Flanagan amongst their famous fans, and worked with  received a further blow when  the artwork for the song which has been mastered by U2 and Oasis producer John Davis,  got banned from all outlet stores, Spotify, TikTok, Amazon, FB, Instagram and iTunes to name a few.
It’s not the first time the band have attracted controversy with their music. 
Guitarist Jim was handcuffed and fined £90 after he leapt inside an empty cop car to stick his band’s CD No Courage Without Fear EP a blast while coppers were in a filling station shop getting grub.
Their debut album Love, Drugs & on the Dole was also based on the true story of controversial local character Lizzy Coyne and her life of debauchery.

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