“Take Five” is an interview series that focuses on Chicago’s ever-growing music scene by giving you insight on the city’s best local acts via the best source possible: the acts themselves. We ask five questions, and they give five answers. Here is the latest installment featuring Rabble Rabble.
Last time we had a meaningful discussion with Rabble Rabble
was in late December of 2010
. Back then, they were a definite band on the rise who were building a solid local fan base thanks to their rowdy and liquor-fueled live shows and constant gigging around town.
However, Rabble Rabble has taken a step back in the past year and a half or so, and with good reason. Children have been spawned, there's a coffee shop
to run, recording, new band members, other projects, etc. But two weeks ago, Rabble Rabble released a music video for their new track
, "Cole's Bathroom," one that signifies their rightful return as Chicago's resident rabble-rousers.
So, we chatted (via Facebooks) with Rabble Rabble's Ralph Darski and Matthew Ciarleglio about where the band is now and what's next. Here's what they had to say...
So, how did the video for "Cole's Bathroom" come about in terms of idea to execution?
Well, we were all at Cole's a couple months ago and Drew maybe had a couple to many shots and started yelling at some chick but then he fell out of his chair. At that point, it was very obvious to us that we should just film the video in there and make Drew the shining star. He's very theatrical.
What is it about the Cole's bathroom that caused the band to write a song about it?
If you've ever been in either bathroom at Cole's, then it's pretty obvious what the song is about: People shit talking. The inspiration for the song was taken from the drunk etchings on the walls. Particularly about our band members.
On Rabble Rabble's bandcamp page for "Cole's Bathtoom," it reads, "A song Rabble Rabble recorded during the 2012. A rough year of transition and change for the band." Can you explain what that means?
After the past few years of touring and playing all the time we got stagnent as song writers and didn't really write anything that we liked. After Todd left we all realized that things needed to change. Most of 2012 has been us experimenting with our sound and making it more our own. Drew really adds a different dimension to it too.
Can you talk a bit about what some of the other new songs sound like and when we might see an official release?
We can't say much right now but we're churning out a lot of material that is heavier, more concise, and we are working more on building out our studio and utilizing it to it's full potential. You'll be seeing new Rabble releases in 2013 (if we're not dead).
Finally on Friday, December 21, at the Empty Bottle
, you're playing an "End Of the World Show"
with Magic Milk
as it's the day that marks the end of the world on the Mayan calendar. If the world were really going to end, what would be your final meal, your final drink and the last album you'd listen to?
We'd split a large pizza, drink a bottle of Jim Beam, and listen to Zeppelin I
. Or Raw Power
. We'd definitely shot gun a beer before we died too. And have a couple shots of tequila. You can't go to Hell too sober, right?
9:00 p.m. Friday, December 21.
The Empty Bottle
, 1035 N. Western Ave.
21+. $8 or FREE w/ RSVP