Tuesday, November 8, 2022

DJ Interviews: Rubber Clown Car

 Here's my interview with the band,  Rubber Clown Car

How'd you get started in music?
Rubber Clown Car (or RCC as we’re also known) started in 2006 at a party.  A mutual friend introduced us to each other.  I played in a few Beatles cover bands, Fred (drums) played in some hard rock and metal bands, and Tony (bass and keys) played in some pop and “fake jazz” bands.  We found a mutual love of pop songs and bands/artists like the Beatles, XTC, The Replacements, Matthew Sweet, punk, Bob Mould, BOC, GBV, and a bunch more.

The name “Rubber Clown Car” came from a near fatal accident where the overcrowded car we were driving in bounced off two other cars like it was made of rubber.  No major injuries, and we had a name!

How'd you get started in music
I started on drums but was so horribly bad my parents made me quit and get a guitar (they thought that would make less noise - guess again!).   Tony and Fred spent a little time in school bands before moving on to other stuff

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

If you love what you’re doing don’t stop.  Some people will like it, some won’t, that’s just the way it is.  But if can get the same buzz playing as you did the first time you heard or played music you’re on the right path.  Only you can sound like you if you let it happen.

How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?

I think we bring in so many influences, and we’re not afraid to try stuff.  It’s gonna sound like us anyway so there’s no need to stick to any “formula”.  On our “Horse Logic” record we asked our Twitter family to send us samples, sounds, noises, singing, whatever.  We used those sound bits as the basis of the songs. Tony said it was like trying to do a puzzle by taking three boxes, dumping them on the floor, and trying to get stuff to fit!  A challenge, but a hell of a lot of fun.  And it turned out pretty cool.

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

Right now we’re focusing on a bunch of singles.  Just released “Penny For Your Thoughts” and we have a couple more in the works.  We’ve released 12 records so far so I’m sure we’ll be back in that mode soon.

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