Orchards’ Sam Rushton: “We’re told we’ve got happy breakdowns… metalheads seem to like it”

Sam Rushton of Orchards
(Image credit: Callum Spicer)

Sam Rushton - the man who would form and become the guitarist in the UK’s most exciting alt-pop export, Orchards - knew he was onto a good thing immediately. Studying in Brighton, one of the first exercises on his Professional Musicianship degree saw him paired with drummer Will Lee-Lewis. 

“He just started playing and I remember turning to him and being like, ‘Is that Tetragrammaton by The Mars Volta!?’” laughs Sam. And he said, ‘It is, man! Yeah!’ I immediately said, ‘I’m starting a band, do you wanna play drums?’”

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.