The Rallies – Serve (Q&A)

Powerpopaholic writes: The Rallies are a tight four-piece band from Tacoma, Washington fronted by Steve Davis (vocals/guitar), Lee Brown (drums), Jeff Weidman (guitar), and Rick Jones (bass). Fans of The Rembrandts, Matthew Sweet, and Crowded House will really enjoy the Rallies sound.

Sweet Sweet Music talked to Steve

1) What was the biggest fun during the making of the last album?

For me the fun was the creative and collabortive process in the studio. The experimentation and trying out ideas on the spot was very cool. Hope to get back there sometime soon and record our next album.

2) At what point, during writing, rehearsing, recording, did you knew you were on to something special?

I’m not sure there’s ever a point when you have a thought like that about your own music, but I have had it about others. I can tell you I’ve had moments during the initial song writing and creation that on the first playback of a new song its brought a big smile to my face. 🙂 Also there’ve been times during the recording process in studio when the tracks are first being mixed that an old song somehow sounds new again, that’s a cool feeling.

3) The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?

I’m pretty sure that I don’t know what the “music industry” really is… which probably shows that I’ve never actually been a part of it. So I’m probably not qualified to answer this question. But I can say that as a music listener when I go searching for good new music that I’m not browsing through the standard “music industry” channels, I can’t seem to find it there.

4) She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mixtape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?

This sounds like a question right out of the John Cusack movie High Fidelity, which is a great movie by the way. John’s character Rob said “The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch, but you don’t wanna blow your wad, so then you got to cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules.”. So with those rules in mind, how about this song order; Still Gonna Want You, You Don’t Know, Every Now And Then, So Right, These Are The Words.

5) The meaning of ‘success’ has changed over the years. When will the new record be a success?

For me as a songwriter the answer is simple, the success is in the completion of the album. The culmination of all that time, energy, and money is something that all the people involved in creating that music should be proud of.

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