Interview: Hot Chelle Rae on "Bleed" and Rollercoasters
Thu, 26 Aug 2010 14:23:24
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There's no better combination than a rock 'n' roll band and rollercoasters. That's just one of many reasons why Hot Chelle Rae's recent stint on the Six Flags tour was so awesome. Another reason is because Hot Chelle Rae are one of the best new bands to hit the scene in a long time. Their debut album, Lovesick Electric, shimmies and shakes with fiery electro alt rock like you've never heard (or danced to) before. They also get pensive on the powerful "Bleed," which sizzles with a tangible sensitivity. Lovesick Electric will light you up in more ways than one.
Hot Chelle Rae singer RK Follese sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for an exclusive interview about the band's current touring exploits, their video for "Bleed", favorite rollercoasters and so much more…
Did you grow up going to Warped Tour? Did playing it bring things full circle?
It did bring things full circle to play it. I saw a few bands there. I have some friends in Paramore. I remember going to Warped Tour the first year that they were on it. Watching them play Warped for the first time was a really cool experience and then getting to do it ourselves was even better. We did it from July 17 to August 2 this year, and it was a hot one for sure.
Was there anything particularly special about this run?
The tour is such a rite of passage. You don't really feel like you've toured properly until you've gone out there on Warped Tour and sweated it out. It's definitely something we felt like we needed to do.
How did you hop on the Six Flags tour?
There was an opportunity for an opener, and we took it right away. It's an amazing opportunity to play all over the place and ride rollercoasters all the time. It's super awesome.
What's your favorite rollercoaster?
My favorite rollercoaster used to be Space Mountain, but I'm going to get to have an official test drive of each rollercoaster so I'm pretty pumped about that.
Do you get to cut the lines?
Yeah, I think we do get to cut the lines actually. It's going to be really fun [Laughs].
You can't mess with Space Mountain though.
That's kind of how I feel. I'm partial to the Space Mountain in California. It's very nostalgic for me because I remember going to it as a kid, and that was the first rollercoaster I fell in love with.
They should play Metallica on the ride!
I could definitely get down with some Metallica on a rollercoaster. I think that would be perfect! That's music to my ears.
How did the "Bleed" video come about?
We wanted to do something where you get to see the band and not some overly-done gaudy music video. We aimed to showcase us as people in normal, natural environments. With a ballad there really are no rules. We play the music we like to play. We just enjoy playing music.
Have you been writing any new material?
We've been writing during any time-off that we get. We want to be prepared. We're so far away from recording that. I'm really excited. There are really no rules. Sometimes it starts with the music. Sometimes it starts with a title that someone mentions. Sometimes it starts with a melody.
Do you tend to read when you're writing?
We all really enjoy reading. I was watching this documentary on the head of Vogue Magazine and her second-in-command says, "She doesn't like to sleep a lot because you never know when you're going to get inspired." That really resonated with me. We're always awake, alert and looking around us. We're constantly inspired by this ever-changing environment that we're in.
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