The State Of Music: Part 49: Wyoming - The Rubbish Zoo
Wyoming is the 10th largest state in the USA, yet is the 49th least populated. With a quarter of a million square kilometers to share between just half a million people, the chances of finding a State of Music band were remote. At some point it dawned of me that I might have to try and find a band who perhaps started in Wyoming and had to move elsewhere in order to continue their development in a thriving music scene. I am not sure how I found The Rubbish Zoo hiding out in LA, but I am sure glad I did. Not only because I really needed to complete this project, but also because they are brilliant. Similar vocal melodies to recent Choose My Music feature Mad Gregs but with a slightly louder edge.
Even more perfect was that they released their new EP just ten days ago.
CMM: Welcome to Choose My Music. I suppose the first question is - who are The Rubbish Zoo and where in the world would we find you?
The Rubbish Zoo is five piece indie rock band originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming, and currently living in Los Angeles.
CMM: How long has the band been in existence and how did it all start
We have been playing together for about a year and a half. Growing up in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Ian and Adam, who are brothers, were playing in bands together, while Jerrick, Jordan, and Jason played in a separate band. Throughout high school and college our groups rivaled each other in Battle of the Bands competitions and opened for each other on numerous occasions. Before moving to LA in August of 2011, Ian played drums for a stint with Jerrick, Jordan, and Jason’s band. During this time, a plan manifested to form a “super-group” once we moved to California. Adam was living in Idaho at the time, and the rest of the boys convinced him to move out to join the band without having ever played together before. And over a year later, here we are.
CMM: How best would you describe your music?
We write intelligent, technically proficient, indie pop songs.
CMM:You are know living out in California after rerouting from Wyoming. I imagine the scene from your home state wasn't very conducive to what you hoped to achieve? How is the local music scene in Wyoming?
You would definitely be correct in assuming that. The scene in Wyoming is a close-knit group. You have the opportunity to play do-it-yourself shows to your friends on the weekends. The bands in the scene tend to lean toward hardcore and metal, though you can find a wide genre of bands playing on shows together. There have been some truly passionate people that have helped grow the scene to what it is and give locals a chance to showcase their creativity, which we are glad to have taken part in.
CMM: One thing I am hoping to find in this series is some kind of link between where a band is based and their music. Do you feel as an artist you are influenced by your surroundings and the scene around you?
Most definitely. Coming from a small town, everyone in the town more or less knows your band if you're making solid music and the access to their immediate feedback informs what you're doing and how you can improve. The small town environment shapes concrete goals to aspire toward, like playing in big cities and gaining a following there.
Now living in a city that is a launching points for national music acts, it seems everyone here is in a band or knows someone that is. Everyone here is pursuing a creative interest and this has really brought focus to what we are doing. If we aren't on top of our game, there is someone else that is. We can definitely see the melting pot of culture out here informing our endeavors as we progress.
CMM: What other influences do you have, musical or otherwise?
Pretty simply we draw our influences from music- classic rock to new indie bands, books and television. Creativity inspires more of the same.
CMM: Could you perhaps give a run down of the music you have released so far?
We released our first four song EP, "A Great Detective Race", in January 2011, followed by a single called "The Hidden Harbor" in March 2011. We are releasing a new EP on Friday, April 13th called "The Rubbish Zoo" EP.
CMM: Are you able to get out an play live much?. Where are your favourite places to play both in and out of state?
Our live show is as equally important to us as writing music. We aim to play as tight and exuberant of a set as possible.
In Wyoming some of our most memorable shows we played were at the University of Wyoming in Laramie and multiple times at a VFW Hall in Casper. In Cheyenne we fondly remember playing at The Atlas Theater, a historic playhouse built in 1887 that is supposedly haunted, and The Meeting House, an old research facility on the outskirts of town.
We've been fortunate to play quite a few shows out in California so far and hope to keep it up. Some of the places we've played and enjoyed include: The Mint in Los Angeles , Detroit Bar in Orange County and at the Queen Mary as part of a Halloween event.
CMM: What's next in the pipeline for you?
Our brand new EP, "The Rubbish Zoo EP" is coming out this month and we plan to support this by sharing it with as many people as possible and playing as many live shows in the area as time permits. We are want to branch out creatively and film a music video and hopefully collaborate with some interested parties in other new endeavors.
CMM: And finally, where can people reach out to you online and where can they get hold of your stuff?
We can be found on most all social networking sites online. Our Facebook page (http:www.facebook.com/therubbishzoo) is one of the easiest places to drop us a line. Our current releases are available for download on our Bandcamp page (therubbishzoo.bandcamp.com) and on iTunes. Our Bandcamp page also offers other band related items like physical CDs and apparel.
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