'This isn't some half-arsed actor wanking off,' he says of the venture

Actor Paddy Considine has announced he has launched a five-piece rock outfit called Riding The Low.

The actor, who has most recently appeared in Shane MeadowsArctic Monkeys-affiliated film ‘Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee‎’, sings in the band. They release their debut EP ‘They Will Rob You Of Your Gifts’ on November 9.

In a statement, Considine spoke about how serious Riding The Low are.

“We mean it man!” he explained. “This isn’t some half-arsed actor wanking off in a band. I mean it! We mean it! I’m proud of this band. I don’t want to waste anybody’s time.”

He added that the name of the band was inspired by a book he read about fellow actor Lee Marvin.

He revealed: “There was a section in the book where it described the way Lee felt after he’d completed a movie. If it was a demanding role the character would leave him drained, and feeling depressed. He used to see a psychiatrist who advised him that after movies he should fill his time doing the things he enjoys to take his mind off things and settle him back into normal life. The psychiatrist called this period Riding The Low. I’d had similar feelings after some of the more significant roles I’ve played in my day job.”

Riding The Low release ‘They Will Rob You Of Your Gifts’ on their own label, which is called Clinical Finish. They are set to enter the studio later this month to record their next EP ‘Riding The Low Are The Part-Time Rock Stars’, which is due for release early next year.

The band are also set to play live dates later in the year.

As well as ‘Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee‎’, Considine has appeared in movies such as ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’, and ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’. In 2006, he starred in the video for Arctic Monkeys‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’.