RUMSPRINGA

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Name: Cecilia Della Peruti – no longer in Rumspringa/ now leads Gothic Tropic
Nickname: The band calls me “C”
Sign: Virgo (libra rising, gemini moon)

Favorite:
Dessert. too many to choose from…. A well made Flan.
Holiday. Halloween (and New Years)
Book. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Q1. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child? 
A1. Not so much as one friend, but imaginary scenarios, definitely. All the time haha.

Q2. Personal Quote? 
A2. “son of a bitch” is a staple… and taken from a text convo between my roommate and I “We can donate some of that $50 to strippers and death rock. Yeah, I’ll be okay this week, I’d rather do that than buy lavish meals.”

Q3. Do you believe in horoscopes and zodiac signs? 
A3. I believe the earliest of human civilizations referenced the night sky and documented their lives according to the stars/planets. Over time, enough consistencies suggested a correlation between humans and what exists outside our planet. It’s already a scientific fact that the moon influences the tides of our oceans, I think as humans, products of evolution, we’re not exempt from the effects of the planets/star systems/universe ect.. I demystify it, because the flower children often distract from the basic logic of it all.

Q4. Do you drink coffee? If so how many cups a day?
A4. Unfortunately I work in a corporate office, so YES. Maybe 2 cups a day. Sometimes 3 😦 Only started about 8 months ago though. Prior to that, absolutely not. Never, in fact. Tea…and hot chocolate…

Q5. If you had a parrot what would you teach it to say? 
A5.Probably profanity 

Q6. What superhero would you make your sidekick? 
A6. Quail Man?

Q7. What do you admire in a person? 
A7. Forwardness, intuition, absurd humor, the ability to do anything i cant do…I could go on.
Q8. Biggest Pet Peeve? 
A8. a ‘The Cool Guy complex’…And saying “melk” instead of “milk.” Same rule applies to “pellow.”

Q9. Bathroom read? 
A9. Mome (graphic novel)
Q10. Most Embarrassing Moment? 
A10. I pissed my pants in 7th grade on the tennis court. I was laughing too hard. I think even then I thought it was too funny to be mortified. 

Name: Ricardo Robles Jr.
Nickname: Caco
Sign: Virgo?

Favorite:
Dessert- too much sugar, don’t like it. I like deserts though.
Holiday- Kwanza (don’t celebrate it).
Book- “God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian”- In 9th grade I realized my worldview was similar to Vonnegut’s.

Q1. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child? 
A1.God.

Q2. Personal Quote? 
A2. “Get Real.”

Q3. Do you believe in horoscopes and zodiac signs? 
A3. Hmmm. This one’s hard for me. The idea that the time of year a person is born somehow determines their personality seems like blatant bullshit. I don’t see very good evidence for it; but maybe there could be checkable evidence later- like the location of the other planets of our solar system in relation to earth somehow affects the physiology of a growing fetus’ brain…? The way Carl Jung explained Zodiac Signs makes it sound not too far-fetched: the weather and time of year that a person is born naturally affects a person’s first experiences outside of the womb, and therefore their personalities. My reply to this would be to ask: do only people born outdoors exhibit personality traits associated with their Zodiac symbol? Most of us in developing countries are born in hospitals with roofs and temperature control…How could this apply?

My own horoscope suggests that I’m very picky/anal. Most of the time though, my house etc. is pretty messy and I can just go with the flow…..then again my long ass answer to this question may indicate otherwise! Often, horoscopes seem to perfectly describe a person. I read one of those birthday books and it describes me well. So, I’d say I’m skeptical, but allowing for the possibility.

Q4. Do you drink coffee? If so how many cups a day? 
A4. No coffee. I’m always shaky and nervous. That +coffee could = a mess.

Q5. If you had a parrot what would you teach it to say? 
A5. I’d see how many digits of Pi it could memorize….might take some time.

Q6. What superhero would you make your sidekick?
A6. Magneto, duh.

Q7. What do you admire in a person?
A7. If a person is really opinionated but not closed to debate, I like em.

Q8. Biggest Pet Peeve?
A8. Those who, on a certain level (often barely conscious), are comfortable lying to themselves or others because life is easier that way and second guessing your ideas or values is too uncomfortable.

Q9. Bathroom read?
A9. I don’t take THAT long to poop…but I might play Bubble buster on my phone.

Q10. Most Embarrassing Moment?
A10. Every time someone walks into my house (often), they are greeted by a CD tower which I’m too lazy to move. It happens to be the tower from the time period between 6th grade and 9th grade with great bands like Limp Bizkit, Slayer, and everyone on the Warped Tour…..there’s a couple I’m proud of and might still listen to like Richard Hell, but for the most part it’s horrible.

Rumspringa is indie rock dipped in a 70’s psychedelic sound. With paisley printed melodies and guitar work they have a familiar gypsy sensibility. Unlike most psychedelic music that tends to be so trippy one needs to be on hallucinogens to appreciate the music. Rumspringa has a very grounded rock sounds that is more of an homage to the great rock stars of days gone by, instead of being trapped in the rock stars acid trip. As a contemporary band they are taking classic rock elements and brushing off the cobwebs to make them fresh again. Their song “Shake’em Loose Tonight” dips into the love den with a heavy velvet rhythm, easily I can imagine a bunch of people dancing together in a room decorated with silk scarves and bohemian pillows. But its songs like Triptych and Sway that validates their music in its current relevance while nodding to their influences and inspirations.

Please listen to more Rumspringa on thier Facebook

Rabbits Rabbits Rabbits – A Lurid Stew

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Name: Christopher Frederick Newcomer
Nickname: Chris
Sign: Pisces

Favorite

Cookie: EMPIRE BISCUIT
Holiday: New Years Eve
Flower: Ranunculus

Q1. What is one of your vices?
A1. Sometimes I have a real flip attitude.

Q2. Biggest Pet Peeve?
A2. Hearing other people’s shitty loud music through my apartment walls or blasting out of their cars.

Q3. Have you ever been in a food fight?
A3. I was once slapped in the face with a burrito.

Q4. Have you ever done a physical challenge, like drink an entire gallon of milk in an hour?
A4. I never haven’t accepted a challenge of any kind.

Q5. What movie would you want to live in for a day? Would you be yourself or another character?

A5. Patton/Patto

Q6. Do you have a phobia? Or what is your most irrational fear?
A6. Spiders. Dying in the fireball of a plane crash. That actually doesn’t seem too irrational to me, though.

Q7. Most exciting moment of your life thus far?
A7. Being born was probably exciting.

Q8. What do you wish was invented?
A8. Human flight. Invisibility. Giant cats that you can ride like horses.

Q9. Childhood ambition?
A9. The first thing I apparently ever wanted to be was a garbageman.

Q10. What is something everyone else loves and you just don’t get why?
A10. People must like it or there wouldn’t be any, but I don’t really understand why Yoshinoya exists.
Name: jenni Tarma
Nickname:  Tarms
Sign: aries

 Favorite:

cookie: mint chocolate chip
holiday: Halloween
lower: lily of the valley

Q1. What is one of your vices?
A1. The sauce.

Q2. Biggest Pet Peeve?
A2.Incompetence.

Q3. Have you ever been in a food fight?
A3.No. Seems like a total waste of delicious food, which you could munch on instead.

Q4. Have you ever done a physical challenge, like drink an entire gallon of milk in an hour?
A4. I once challenged myself to eat a bite of catfood, which it turns out is surprisingly bland.

Q5. What movie would you want to live in for a day? Would you be yourself or another character?
A5. I would be any character from Scott Pilgrim, and live in their magical video game fantasy land.

Q6. Do you have a phobia? Or what is your most irrational fear?
A6. Murky water= no bueno.

Q7. Most exciting moment of your life thus far?
A7.I got to play a show on top of an Austrian mountain, another one on an outdoor stage overlooking the Bosphorus, and another one at the Hollywood Bowl. All three of those were pretty rad. And cold.

Q8. What do you wish was invented?
A8. Teleporting, although I think they’re already working on that. Also, it would be cool to see the inside of a black hole.

Q9. Childhood ambition?
A9. Astronaut/ secret agent.

Q10. What is something everyone else loves and you just don’t get why?
A10. Beer- it’s not that I mind it, I just think it’s overrated. And mayonnaise fucking sucks. Most of all though, the thing I currently hate above everything else, is that stupid show Glee.

Name: Jack Burnside
Nickname: I’ve had a bunch of these. Most are vulgar.
Sign: Capricorn

Favorite
cookie: Mint chocolate chip
holiday: Christmas
flower: Jacaranda

Q1. What is one of your vices?
A1. I feel it would be unfair to my myriad vices to pick out just one.

Q2. Biggest Pet Peeve?
A2. Bad spelling.

Q3. Have you ever been in a food fight?
A3. Yes. Several, actually.

Q4. Have you ever done a physical challenge, like drink an entire gallon of milk in an hour?
A4. I prefer to goad others into food related challenges.

Q5. What movie would you want to live in for a day? Would you be yourself or another character?A5. The Life Aquatic. I’d like to be Steve Zissou and see it turn out a little better.

Q6. Do you have a phobia? Or what is your most irrational fear?
A6. I hate confined spaces, particularly multi-level parking lots.

Q7. Most exciting moment of your life thus far?
A7. Either rafting down the Zambezi in Zimbabwe or waterfall rappelling in Costa Rica. Or maybe seeing David Byrne play Naive Melody at Disney Hall a few years ago. One of those. I think.

Q8. What do you wish was invented?
A8. Some kind of a real life command Z / undo button.

Q9. Childhood ambition?
A9. Starting center fielder for the Chicago Cubs.

Q10. What is something everyone else loves and you just don’t get why?
A10. Bloody Marys.

Name: Dan Horne
Nickname: Horn
Sign: Capricon

Favorite:

Cookie. Holiday. Flower…. Whatever is the current craze.

Q1. What is one of your vices?
A1.Beer

Q2. Biggest Pet Peeve?
A2. Cheapskate rich people.

Q3. Have you ever been in a food fight?
A3. No. I like food why would I fight it?

Q4. Have you ever done a physical challenge, like drink an entire gallon of milk in an hour?
A4. I play real sports. I’m not trying to be the best at eating or anything.

Q5. What movie would you want to live in for a day? Would you be yourself or another character? A5. Willie Mays Hayes in Major League

Q6. Do you have a phobia? Or what is your most irrational fear?
A6. Spiders

Q7. Most exciting moment of your life thus far?
A7. 89 earthquake at Candlestick Park. I like earthquakes.

Q8. What do you wish was invented?
A8. The guitar solo

Q9. Childhood ambition?
A9. Jimi Hendrix

Q10. What is something everyone else loves and you just don’t get why?
A10. Mediocre Music. Very in right now.

Small confession: I’m never fully confident about writing my little sum up of the bands I survey, because I don’t write like a music writer (and this is no exception). It seems as adults the insecurites of our teen years are supposed to be gone, and we are to be confident in all our actions. But the more I talk to other people in the realm of “adulthood” it’s not that your insecurities fall away from our teen years, we just get better at working through the fear. Why do I go into this? Because I feel Rabbits Rabbits Rabbits is music for adults, the twenty thirty forty somethings all still figuring it out. With lyrics like “Saturday friends, are you sure of them?”, from the song Right Ones, it opens up a peep hole into the land of “adults”. When we are teens we know who our friends are, we have our clique, and even if we don’t like them we stick with them. As adults we have the power to walk away, we can find new friends, we don’t have to stick with the wrong ones. There is a familiarity about the music of Rabbits Rabbits Rabbits, and I believe that familiarity comes from the fact their music encompasses the insecurity and the power that we have as “adults”. I don’t really care for the term “Young Adult” because it indicates an age in which you grow into an adult. I feel that being an adult is a mindset. And that mindset, I don’t think anyone ever feels like an adult.Rabbits Rabbits Rabbits get that, or at least their music conveys it.

( and for a friend that said i didn’t say anything about the band, in my best music writer voice: the music is dreamy but not trancey, upbeat but not pop, more like you have a small pep in your step, there is no gimmick or niche, it just is what it is and that’s good.)

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The Pity Party

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Name: Julie Edwards

Nickname: Heisenflei

Sign: Libra

Favorite:

Fruit: Avocado

Book: Post Office, Bukowsky

Place: White Sands, New Mexico

Q1. Most wild and crazy thing you have done thus far in your life?

A1. And this is your business because…

Q2. Whats the most interesting thing you found lying on the street/sidewalk/ground/random place? A2. A wet t-shirt with “fuck it” scrawled across the front in sharpee

Q3. How many car accidents have you been in?

A3. 6

Q4. Do you have a phobia?

A4. economic slavery, spiders

Q5. If you could morph into any animal what would it be?

A5. a housecat

Q6. What was your childhood ambition?

A6. notoriety

Q7. Have you ever been in a food fight?

A7. no

Q8. If you had to give up one of your 5 senses, which one would you abandon??

A8. sight, don’t need it

Q9. What do you wish was invented?

A9. The Morchant Timeline

Q10. Do you have a childhood memento you keep with you always?

A10.  Animal.

Name: Marc

Nickname: M

Sign: Cancer

Favorite:

Fruit: Green apple

Book: Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)

Place: Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Q1. Most wild and crazy thing you have done thus far in your life?

A1. I rode my bike at night with the Wolf Pack Hustle years ago.  Less than 2 blocks into the ride, I rode straight into a pothole and was launched over the handlebars of my bicycle.  I ended up with two pins in my pinky and six stiches in my face.  It was awesome.

Q2. Whats the most interesting thing you found lying on the street/sidewalk/ground/random place?

A2. $20. I was 10 years old. My two older brothers and I were walking home from school in the San Fernando Valley, and I caught sight of it. They took it from me and insisted that we buy baseball cards with it. I didn’t get to use any of the money for myself.

Q3. How many car accidents have you been in?

A3. At least 10. I have a knack for hitting inanimate objects (dumpsters, parked vehicles, etc.)

Q4. Do you have a phobia?

A4.  Acrophobia (irrational fear of heights). The older I get, the more intense the fear.

Q5. If you could morph into any animal what would it be?

A5.  A cat.

Q6. What was your childhood ambition?

A6. Decline to answer.

Q7. Have you ever been in a food fight?

A7. Yes, in 3rd grade. I was suspended from Hebrew Day School for one day.

Q8. If you had to give up one of your 5 senses, which one would you abandon?

A8. Smell. As a male, I already suffer from a bad sense of smell. I can’t miss what I’ve never really had.

Q9. What do you wish was invented?

A9.  A “waste black hole,” to put all the trash of the world in so that it can no longer pollute the earth.

Q10. Do you have a childhood memento you keep with you always?

A10. A picture of my bandmate from when we were 12 years old. It’s adorable and prominently displayed on the refrigerator.

I have a tendency to talk about things I know nothing about. Take The Pity Party for example, their music has a late 90’s Lower East Side sound to them. But if you asked me to compare it to another 90’s group I can’t name one, all I can say is I think “Love Lies” could have fit in perfectly on the tv show Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s soundtrack  (which is my favorite show of all time – I love that soundtrack, so that’s quite a compliment). And I’ve never been to NY’s Lower East Side, but I know a bit about it and there is a basement bar quality to the hypnotic voice of singer Julie Edwards. It seems lately the LA music scene seems to be saturated with a vintage beach/ surf sound, so it’s refreshing to be torn from this “California” sound and hear something a bit more grity.

Listen to more of The Pity Party here