Tuesday, April 17, 2012

10 Questions with Switchblade Rosie

Switchblade Rosie is a progressive metal band from Oklahoma City.

For more information on Switchblade Rosie check out the band’s official website, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, ReverbNation, and BandMix pages.

This interview was conducted via email with drummer Josh Fallin April 11-17, 2012.

Dave:   How did the band get together?

Josh Fallin:  Chris and Jose met each other through a craigslist ad about starting up a new band that was non-genre specific. Jose knew me from school and after rolling through about 5 different bass players we asked Tyler to join and here we are.

Dave:  What’s the story behind the name Switchblade Rosie?

Josh:  Chris runs his own karaoke/dj business and one night he met some local roller derby girls. One of them was, and she still is, Switchblade Rosie. He met and her and said damn that’s a great band name, I'm going to use it for my next band and he did.

Dave:  You mix a lot of elements of jazz and classical into your music.  Are any of you classically trained musicians or have a background in jazz/classical music?

Josh:  Jose, Tyler, and myself all met while studying music in college, so yeah we’re all classically trained musicians as well as have a background in jazz. We try to take influence in as many ways as possible so that our sound is something different. We all listen to tons of music and study different kinds based on our instruments.

Dave:  Along those same lines, people probably don’t associate metal with things like jazz and classical.  Personally the only connection that I see between the two is the need to be technically proficient at what you play (that and the fact that the band Scatterbrain did an amazing cover of “Sonata # 3”).  What parallels or connections, if any, do you see between metal and jazz/classical music?

Josh:  First of all, all music is emotion and that’s one of the biggest things. Jazz, classical, and metal normally don’t convey the same emotion though ha-ha. Jazz takes a lot of knowledge as well as technicality but to play metal and classical I’d say it’s become more of a technical aspect. There are plenty of people out there that really stick to music theory when writing metal music but more people just write stuff that sounds heavy. Jazz also has an improvisatory element, which we use a lot. A friend of mine compared music to the body once… Blues is like the heart. Jazz and metal are the brain.

Your first statement would be the biggest thing. You need to be proficient to be able to play all those styles well.

Dave:  You recently released the Nocturnal Guest EP.  What’s the story behind the record?

Josh:  We have had most of these songs around for quite a while and after our first Ep came out we wanted to do something heavier. So there are no ballads or anything on this one, all the tunes are pretty intense.

We recorded it last summer and spent a lot of time getting it and the video prepared to release at the same time. Our first EP was a lot more spread out than this one, we wanted to remind people we’re a metal band at the core but we love sprinkling anything we can on it so it’s got a different flavor.

Dave:  Do you have any specific type of songwriting process?

Josh:  Generally Jose finishes a rough version of the song with sampled drums and a rough bass outline and his guitar part fully finished. We listen to it, play it, and Tyler and I add our own voices to it by manipulating the rough ideas Jose had for the drums and bass. Then Chris writes lyrics to it when we feel like there won’t be more changes and bam. It works the same way when Tyler or I write a song too.

Dave:  What are your thoughts on the music scene in Oklahoma?

Josh:  It’s really saturated. Which can be looked at as bad or good. There is a lot of talent here and we’re happy to be apart of it. The metal community is a pretty brotherly bunch. We try to support each other and go to shows on off nights and what not. You have to take care of the scene so that there is a scene to be a part of.

Dave:  This is a High Fidelity inspired question.  What are your top 5 favorite artists/bands, albums, movies, television shows, books/authors?

Josh:  Bands - Meshuggah, Opeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Thrice, and Trivium.
Tyler:  Books- Kurt Vonnegut-The Sirens of Titan; Neil Gaiman-American Gods; Aldous Huxley- Brave New World; George Orwell-1984; Christopher Moore-Fool; Dante Alighieri-The Inferno
Chris:  Albums - Colors(Between the Buried and Me),  LD50(Mudvayne),  Melon Collie and the Iinfinite Sadness(Smashing Pumpkins),  Verses(Pearl Jam), White Pony(Deftones)
Jose:  Movies: Event Horizon, Office Space, Moon, Star Wars, Alien, Interview with the vampire & anything by the Marx Brothers

Dave:  What’s next for the band?

Josh:  We’re planning to blow up the video once we release it to Youtube. We’re in the works for getting out of Oklahoma for some summer shows. And also got some material we’re going to record and release for free soon to try and keep our buzz up in the world.

Dave:  Any final thoughts?

Josh:  Tell your friends about us because most likely we’ve got something that they’ll like. Tip your bartenders and waitresses.

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