Do anything for anybody at anytime
Blank: What got you started?
RB: Something hit me when I was 19 at the High Sierra Festival. Coming from Missoula [Montana], I thought my band was unique. I realized that there were about a billion bands doing the same thing. While visiting Ear Candy Music, I asked the owner and my friend Chris Henry for new kinds of music, electronic, etc... He loaded my arms down with stuff like Square Pusher. I bought it all without sampling it. I lived in a cabin without running water built in 1902 for about two years. It was on ten acres and isolated. My roommate and I started a group called The Ear Candy Experiment. We would play four hour shows with DJ’s cycling. We solidified more and more. I love playing with people, playing in a band. I am more into a live band than a DJ with turn tables. We are a full band with a lot of visual graphics. We have sounds like bears, wolves and hawks in the music, which came from sound we heard living in the cabin.
Blank: Are there any big things coming for you?
RB: The Southeast Tour. We’re finally getting our music super dialed in. Our bass player, Matt Schumacher, moved to Colorado from Wyoming. He was the last to move. There are lots of festivals that we can’t quite announce yet. We’re releasing a new mix tape (MIXTA EP) on April 21st featuring Zola Jesus, The Roots, Active Child, Skrillex, Austra, Shabazz Palaces, Mode Selektor, Main Attrakzions, Asap Rocky, Sleighbells, and Cults It’s fun because of last year’s four releases. They were released one at the beginning of every season. (They are available for free, as is the new mix tape at www.signalpathmusic.com.) (Last year) we were putting in 60 hours a week in the studio and on the road. It was fun and challenging because we were rushed most of the time. This mix tape is not our own, but a mash up of artists we have been liking. I write and produce all the music, and this is a creative way to put out music of artists we respect. We will probably never do this again. We’re always trying new ideas. We’re working on a new full studio album with the date TBA.
Blank: What’s the craziest thing that has ever happened to you on the road?
RB: We were in the dirty south. It was four in the morning after a show. We were touring on a 45-foot school bus. The South was foreign country to us. Our light guy, Rob, was driving and I was in the back trying to stay awake. He told me to come to the front right now. He said there was a UFO above us that he had been watching for ten minutes. I looked up and there was a spinning light in the clouds moving in a circular motion. We woke up everyone. Ten people and two dogs got off the bus. We were standing on the highway waiting for it to reappear. That’s when a state trooper in a ten-gallon hat showed up. He asked what we were doing. We told him there was a UFO. He shook his head at us. Just then, above us, it reappeared. He said that’s just Jim’s Strip Joint over the next hill. It was a double wide trailer with spotlights in the clouds. If we had gone over the next hill, the mystery would have been solved.
Blank: Talk about the Knoxville show on Friday April 6, 2012 with Mantis, Solanum, and Negative Feedback
RB: It’s going to be an awesome show. Last time we played with Vibe Squad and Ana Sia. We had a small set at the beginning. This is a full show, with a full light rig. We’re coming full force. We believe you should do anything for anybody at any time. No matter how big you are, if you are signed, or not.