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INTERVIEW: The Retakes

How would you classify your music?

We just try to make noise pretty much. I like a groove and a good bassline. Nothing too nifty.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

We worship at the foot of the Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. We take a lot of influence from Sabbath and a lot of 80’s hardcore as well. I dig a lot of beat poetry, but I don’t think that surfaces in the music very much. We also dig a lot of British invasion bands. Also Sonic Youth.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

I just want my friends to dig our stuff and I would like for people to not leave during our live sets. If I can keep 90% of the people that were there at the start of the set there at the end, I feel like I have done an okay job, and that’s fine by me. If that doesn’t happen, I know we shit the bed that night and that’s okay too.

Tell us about your latest release?

We recorded it with the guy who did our first record, Mark Estephan. Mark is a good guy and will actually be joining the band in October on bass. If you’re in the Minneapolis area, Mark is the guy to go to for solid recordings at a fair price. Not a lot of thought went into the making of the record really. We were originally going to do a full length, but our poor drummer came down with the mono virus, so we had to leave a lot of stuff behind.

What do you love and hate about the Music Business in your opinion?

I hate cliques more than anything on the planet. Just do what you want man, play what you want, if it’s good people will dig it. If it’s not, then maybe someone will down the road. I hate the capitalistic, competitive nature of things that seems to seep into local communities. It doesn’t have to be a competition. The scene up in Duluth, Minnesota has a great community of people. We played a house show there a couple of months ago that got shut down by a neighbor person. The show was relocated to another venue and pretty much everyone that was at the previous venue came, and honestly it seemed like even more people. I really dig that man, that’s a good scene. I wish more scenes were like that. Minneapolis has a lot of great bands and great people too.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

There is a band from around here called Superheater. They do some real intense live shows. I admire their craft and went to high school with one of them, Tim, who is a good pal. As for playing live, I like when it’s over and I can go home.

How have you evolved as an artist or band over the last year?

I discovered folk music and I am digging a lot of Woody Guthrie stuff, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, and of course early Dylan.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

Probably Woody honestly. I feel like he would have a lot of great stories.

What is next for you? 

We’re working on a new EP, possibly a full length. We rented out a little cabin up north and we’ll be going there to write most of it this fall.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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