Saturday, July 25, 2015

10 Questions with Ripple Green

Ripple Green’s website describes the band as a “diverse yet sculpted mixture of rhythm, risk and energetic expression. Founded as a childhood diversion in the plains of Oklahoma, the three brothers of Ripple Green have been writing and performing since 2004.”  The band recently released their latest single and video for the song “Timepiece.” 

This interview was conducted via email June 8 – July 3, 2015. 

For more information on Ripple Green check out the band’s official website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, BandCamp, SoundCloud, and ReverbNation pages. 

Dave:  How did the band get together?

Tremaine Wade:  Joel, Lucas, and I met in Kindergarten in small town Oklahoma. A few years later, we formed the band as an escape from the mundane life faced in the plains.


Dave:  What’s the story behind the name Ripple Green?

Joel Parks:  While on an oddjob in a basement of Downtown OKC, I came across some old bicycles. In an effort to break up the monotony of my job, I took a bike for the stroll through the large poorly lit basement. After a quick turn, I began a nose dive off of a 6 foot ledge, breaking my wrist, elbow, and receiving a concussion. This accident set the band back several months without being able to practice, record, or perform. However, when returning to the site of the crash, I noticed in blood red the words “Ripple Green” hand painted. No one knew the origins of the dated graffiti. Since the basement had taken something from the band, we decided to take something from the basement. From then on, we were known as Ripple Green.


Dave:  For those who have never heard the band, how do you describe your music?

Lucas Gillette:  This new project has musical influences from bands like Portugal. The Man, Jack White, and Modest Mouse.


Dave:  You recently released a single and video for the song “Timepiece” and have an EP of the same name coming out soon.  What’s the story behind the song and the video and the EP? 

Lucas Gillette:  The idea behind Timepiece came from the six months we spent in Europe in 2015. The song started out as a projection of longing for the sun, particularly the sun of Oklahoma, but soon evolved into an account of how ours lives revolve around other individuals over time.

The music video is an adaption of that idea, captured by Stevie Denyer(Guardians of the Galaxy). Having the opportunity to film our music video at an overnight gathering at Stonehenge allowed us to fit to video the energy and idea behind the song.

While we were in England, the writing and recording of “Timepiece” was the starting point that lead to the development of the remaining three songs on the project. The title was a way to pay homage to this new grateful shift in our songwriting.


Dave:  Do you have plans to tour in support of the new record? What are some of your favorite places to play?

Tremaine Wade:  We will be supporting the release of Timepiece with a U.S. tour.

Our Oklahoma dates will be:
            7/25 - Tulsa, OK Center of the Universe
            7/31 - Oklahoma City, OK Speakeasy
            8/1 - Stillwater, OK Stonewall
            8/15 - Tulsa, OK Fassler Hall

Complete tour details can be found at:
www.ripplegreenmusic.com/tour.html

As a band we have always enjoyed performing in smaller venues and bars that allow us to bridge the gap between audience and stage.

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

Joel Parks:  As a band, we keep the writing very democratic. One person may plant the seed for the song but everyone decides where that song goes musically. As for lyrics, I (Joel) take the predominant share of writing. Since we typically write music before the words come, I always try to take the song’s musical feel into the account and see what emotions or memories it evokes. From there, words begin to come and shape the initial story, emotion or moment that I was trying to convey in the song. In the end, we never like to rush our songs or simply settle for an OK result. Most of our songs go through a bit of an evolutionary process to get to stage of recording.


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

Tremaine Wade:  In the five years of living in Oklahoma City, we have seen a continual growth of the music scene. Music festivals, like Norman Music Festival, Center of the Universe, and OKC Fest, along with the rising popularity of the monthly festivals, such as H&8th, Heard on Hurd, and Live on the Plaza, are providing the state with a diverse array of music. We have had the privilege to work with nationally renowned artists, such as Graham Colton and Other Lives, without having to leave the state.


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

Ripple Green: 
Books:
The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway (Lucas)
The Shining - Stephen King (Tremaine)
Watership Down - Richard Adams (Lucas)
Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess (Joel)
The Razor’s Edge -  W. Somerset Maugham (Joel)

Albums:
Soviet Kitsch - Regina Spektor (Lucas)
Rome - Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi (Tremaine)
Bitches Brew - Miles Davis (Tremaine)
In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson (Joel)
Kid A - Radiohead (Joel)


Dave:  What’s next for the band?

Ripple Green:  We are going to be supporting this release with multiple tours throughout the US. Also, we are currently in the process of preparing our next release.


Dave:  Any final thoughts?

Ripple Green:  Full project can be preordered now, for release on July 31st. Keep your eyes peeled for some new music videos soon.



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