Rebelution Talks "Peace of Mind"
Tue, 06 Mar 2012 10:25:38
Rebelution shine a little Southern California sun on rock 'n' roll with their latest album, Peace of Mind.
Merging irresistible reggae flavor with alternative rock spunk, the Santa Barbara quintet crafted a deep and diverse record that might make you think, but will always encourage you to kick back. The songs boast unforgettable choruses and flawless instrumentation, making for an album you'll have on repeat well through summer and beyond.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Rebelution's Eric Rachmany talks Peace of Mind, songwriting, movies, and so much more.
Did you approach Peace of Mind with one vision or vibe in mind?
It came together track by track in the studio. We recorded it at different times during the past couple of years. Still, we tried to cohesively put it together between the subject matter and vibe of each song.
So there's a thematic thread to it?
I think so. It takes you on a journey where it starts a little more upbeat and energetic and it drops down into this mellow atmosphere. We definitely tried to mix it up more on this album.
What's the story behind "Honeypot"?
We were in Phoenix, and I met a veteran who went to Iraq. He said he was a huge fan and he lost his best friend over there. I was trying to put myself in his shoes from his perspective. Honestly, apart from war whether you think it's justified or not, I can't imagine being somewhere and losing my best friend. The experience he had touched me in a way, and I felt like it was something I needed to write about. It's about anybody being in his position who has lost a best friend. I wanted to write about the experience behind that. I don't even know if he knows his influence on the song. I was such a powerful experience for me.
Where did "Lady in White" come from?
Those are actually two songs that I put myself in someone else's shoes. "Lady in White" is a song about a drug addict—someone who is in the tug of war of being clean and being addicted. It's a battle between the drug. Obviously, "Lady in White" is euphemism for cocaine. Nobody in the band does any of that stuff. Again, I was able to put myself in somebody else's shoes and talk about how addictive this drug is. It's a new writing style for me.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
Definitely! I'm the kind of songwriter who takes it line by line. I try to portray an image within every line I write. People visualize when they're reading because they get an image in their head. I think that image is different for each listener. It's really cool because the song means something different for everybody. We're constantly moving around the country and the world. We don't see too much of the places we're in but we get to meet all of the people wherever we go. I think that's a really good way to get a grasp of the culture. I also think it's our biggest influence.
If you were to compare Peace of Mind to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
That's a really good question! The first thing that pops in my head is Forrest Gump. In that movie, there are laughable parts, sad parts, moving parts, crazy parts—that's kind of like what this album is. It goes in all sorts of different directions. We tried to put together a really diverse album. I think we did for the most part.
What are some of your favorite flicks?
The Big Lebowski is one of my favorite movies. Going back to my childhood, The Sword and the Stone is a favorite. Then, there's Back to the Future.
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