Justin Klunk: Hi! Thanks for having us! We’ve been great! Just been working on new music and drinking too much coffee.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Psycho Killer”?
Annie Dingwall: “Psycho Killer” is our second release as a band. In this song, we lean into our rock roots a little more and explore a character that is not entirely sane. “Psycho Killer” talks about the danger and excitement that extreme lust can bring upon two lovers – and how easily wrapped up in it we can become.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
AD: I wouldn’t say there is a specific event that inspired the song. The whole song came out of a super grungy synth bass combined with a love of psychological thrillers.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
AD: Yes! Our video is currently being edited. We’re really excited to put it out next month.
How was the recording and writing process?
AD: The songwriting process on this song was actually pretty fast. “Psycho Killer” came out of a crazy writers retreat where I met Petie and PLAYDED. We had met 5 minutes before getting thrown into a room together to write. A couple minutes into the session PLAYDED played that grungy synth bass and the verse melody and lyric immediately hit me. I was originally afraid to tell them the idea since we had just met (and I didn’t want them to think I was psycho), but I did and they loved it! We all share a mutual love for Sia and Evanescence, so we decided to add a bit of that flavor in as well.
JK: I was more involved in the recording than the writing. I met with Annie, Petie, PLAYDED after a lot of the foundation was built. We immediately got to work and started layering a ton of saxes. Whatever I had in my collection. We threw my baritone sax through some distortion and filtering to double the bass part. After that, we stacked a bunch more over the bridge to make it feel as cinematic as possible. It was really a fun, experimental process.
What role does LA play in your music?
JK: LA’s always been home for me and I feel like it’s home for Annie too at this point. Everyone that we perform (in our full band) and create with are mostly based here, and it’s been like that since college for us. I feel like there’s a very unique synergy that comes from performing with musicians or creating with producers that understand what we do to stay creative in LA.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
JK: We definitely have a couple new dishes being cooked up! We have the new one in post-production at this point, and we’re pretty excited about it. I get to stack some more saxes again on this one!
AD: We’re stoked to be back in the studio working with Petie and PLAYDED. They’re an amazing team and the four of us have such a great time creating together.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
JK: We’re not giving specifics just yet, but you can expect it to be out not long after “Psycho Killer”.
What aspect of crime and thriller will you be diving into this record?
AD: “Psycho Killer” is definitely setting a theme for our upcoming releases. It’s fun to explore characters through songwriting and performance that are a little more extreme than what is normally socially acceptable, and there’s more of that to come.
Any plans to hit the road?
JK: Totally! We’re planning on touring during late April and May. We plan to hit the California coast, Pacific NW, and select cities further east (like Denver, Dallas, Chicago, etc.) A handful of these dates will be with Sofar Sounds. They have an amazing platform for artists on all levels to have great, personal performances with a new audience and are a wonderful community to be involved with.
What else is happening next in RAINNE’s world?
JK: Right now, we’re excited to be playing shows and and getting this music to everyone’s ears. As for the future, we’re constantly together and working on new material, so you can be sure that we’ll have more stuff on the way.