|Soundtrack music that pulls its weight equally well in rock clubs
Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets) - July 5, 2012
perfectly hummable sentiment somewhere in Friend Roulette’s “Sailing
Song” that keeps working its way back to the surface, but only after
first progressing through all manner of uneven meter changes, brass
fanfare and incidental thematic adventure. At times stepping boldly
into a space usually exclusive to the imagination of score composers
like Danny Elfman, the group essentially writes baroque pop pieces for
an imagined Brechtian musical, casting its talented singers/songwriters
Julia Tepper and Matthew Meade as the show’s unlikely protagonists.
moving through so much sonic landscape, you might think it reasonable
that you’d eventually get a good idea about how this band operates. But
the more I listen to the quintet, the less sure I am of where the
genre’s fault lines are drawn. And it doesn’t help that the vocals are
surrounded by generous portions of airy synth playing and legato violin
bowing. Like an old noir film, Friend Roulette never gives away the
where some of your influences come from. Are any of you big film music
John (EWI & Bass Clarinet) is a big fan of film
music. He went through a big phase of listening to alot of
Enio Moricone. I really like the soundtrack to "Psycho."
But mainly my biggest influences are Van Dyke Parks &
Stravinsky. Both those composers carry a cinematic type of
quality with their music.
your new video for 'Hi, Hello'! Do you really enjoy cocktail parties?
thanks. That was really fun. Our good friend Duncan
Bindboietal directed it. He knows us well enough to know that
the easiest way to get us all together would be to throw a cocktail
party. However it didn't make for the easiest directing
situation... dealing with a bunch of drunks.
does your synth influence come from? This isn't an element I usually
hear used in larger ensembles.
Main Synth element is this instrument called the EWI (electronic wind
instrument). Its basically a synthesizer that is set up like
a clarinet & controlled by breath. John used to play
bass clarinet with us live, however, the bass clarinet is a tricky
instrument to mic... especially in rock clubs. 2 drummers can
easily bury a clarinet.
me what the difference is between one and two drummers?
arms, 2 hearts & 10 toes! I love our 2
drummers...Rhythms never get stale or predictable. They are
especially interesting, because on their own, they are total opposites.
Tlacael is very on top of the beat & calculated
whereas Kyle tends to be way behind and a bit more funky. This makes
for a great rhythmic push and pull.
understand you have an LP on the horizon. Tell me what I can expect…
very lush and dense album is what you can expect. We have
been working very hard on it. Most tracks have about 3 layers
of Bass Clarinet & EWI (electronic wind instrument)... Violin
as well. Many tracks have 4 layers of percussion.
It's moving into more melted, psychedelic territory... and
Julia's vocals sound amazing.
relevant info about past or future releases, tours, success stories,
radio chart results etc...
trying to go on tour we promise! Its just hard without a
booking agent or a van... wanna help us with that?
"A very lush and dense album is what you can expect."
"Hi, Hello EP"
A 19th Century Noir Opera updated with synths.
For those who like: The Freelance Whales, Local Natives, Bertolt Brecht.