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The Rebel Set interview with Joe Zimmerman, Jeff Doing, Katey Trowbridge and Brandon Goehner

Since 2010 The Rebel Set has been unleashing they’re own twisted version of psychobilly surf rock turning the genres on their heads and blazing a unique trail.  While earlier outings might have been more growing experiences than anything else the recently released How To Make A Monster is a definite juggernaut of catchy melodic surf tunes with a sweet sleazy garage rock edge to it that is certain to satisfy even the most incredulous of listeners.  Every song will have you tap your toe, the reverb soaked guitar twanging and flirting with the organ floating in the melodies like an ephemeral ghost, the bass and drums dreamily sewing a solid stew of bottom end rhythm to the frantic combination.  There’s a certain energy to the songs, a youthful rebellious sound of an era that’s most definitely rooted in the 50’s and 60’s while remaining as relevant today as it’s ever been!  Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t some beach bunny, run of the mill, shake your hips and forget it music.  This the complete package here, there’s some killer minimalist blues, there’s garage rock, some sweet surf, and it’s all delivered with this delicious sneering punk smile; these tunes are going to embed themselves in your skull and they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.  When I first heard the album How To Make A Monster I kept waiting for a weak song, from the raucous openings of the ridiculously catchy “Riddle Me This” and delicious forays into some straight up garage rock territory with pieces like, “Monster” and Bubblegum” to a softer more melodic territory with “Drop Out”.  There just isn’t a weak piece here.  The balls out instrumental, or at least mostly, there is some screaming, “Planet Katey” may be my favorite piece on the album; an absolutely dynamite song.  There’s an ethereal sound to the production of the album as well, the hazy vocals floating like a disembodied rain cloud in the mix perfectly accentuates the killer organ work that really seems to hold the whole thing together a lot of the time.  I could go on talking about The Rebel Set all day, seriously catchy, killer stuff right here.  Instead though, I’ll simply tell you I tracked down all four current members of the band for the straight skinny on recording the latest album and what they have planned as far as touring and recording goes for the future, not to mention all the back story you need to be the next obsessed, over educated Rebel Set fanatic!

Listen while you read:

What is The Rebel Set’s current lineup?  I know you all have gone through a couple of difference changes in the band, can you tell us about that briefly?

Katey:  The Rebel Set was cool until the summer of 2011.  Then, they added an organ and became awesome.

Joe:  We went through an insane number of bass players for a variety of reasons.  Some we're just schedule conflicts and some were due to them being totally nuts!  Things never really clicked until we got Brandon.

Jeff:  I joined the band at the end of 2008, shortly after the Teenage Killer 7” was released and the entire lineup was changed.  After that, we went through a number of bassists as a three-piece, before bringing in Katey on organ and finding Brandon as a bassist.

Are any of you in any other bands at this point?  I love playing musical connect the dots but there’s not a whole lot that beats cheating ha-ha!  Have you released any music with anyone else in the past?  If so, can you tell us a little bit about that?

Katey:  I was in a goofy all female party band prior to joining the Set.  We're so busy now... I have neither the time, nor the desire to pursue any other projects!

Joe:  Brandon has a bunch of different side projects, but the rest of us just stick to this band mostly.

Where are you originally from?

Katey:  We're all native Phoenicians, with the exception of Jeff, who’s originally from Arkansas.

What was the local music scene like when you were growing up?  Did you see a lot of shows when you were growing up?  Do you feel like the local music scene there played an important role in shaping your musical tastes or the way that you currently play?

Katey:  There were a lot of all age’s shows when I was growing up and I’m grateful for that.  The 90’s garage/punk/indie scene in Phoenix definitely had a lasting effect on me.  I went to a lot of local ska and cheesy pop punk shows as a young'un.  It wasn't until ten years ago, when I saw a local band of mysterious masked men called Thee Oh No's...  They shook up my entire existence and got me super pumped about garage rock.

Was your home very musical growing up?  Were either your parents or any of your relatives musicians or extremely involved/interested in music?

Joe:  My dad played guitar and always had records playing.  I heard a lot of 60's rock and roll when I was growing up.  I also watched a lot of MTV in the early years.

Katey:  I grew up on folk music for the most part.  Pretty sure I'm the first in the family to rock.

Jeff:  My dad had a little background playing in high school bands but beyond that, I’m pretty much the only musical talent in my family.  I started with piano lessons when I was six and just kept going from there.  I think out of the current lineup I’ve got the most “formal” musical training, but for a band like this, it’s more about just playing what feels right than what looks good on paper.

Brandon:  My alarm clock was my father blasting the rock station every morning.  I owe my parents a little credit for some of the records they had growing up.

What do you consider to be your first real exposure to music?

Joe:  Probably from my parents early on.  My first exposure to music that I really felt was my own, probably came after I met some high school kids when I was twelve and found out there was a whole world of music that the radio wasn't playing.

Katey:  My hippy mother raised me on the Grateful Dead, James Taylor and Carly Simon.  She took me to a lot of shows as a child.  She meant well, but I'd like to think that I became cool despite of this, not because of it.

Jeff:  My parents bought a piano for the sole purpose of having me learn to play it.  I was six, so I doubt anything really came before that, that I would remember.

If you had to pick one defining moment of music in your life, a moment that changed everything for you and opened your eyes the infinite possibilities of music, what would it be?

Joe:  I think when I first really heard Nirvana, as lame as that may be.  The popularity of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” passed me by but in the age of hair metal I thought, “these guys look like total dorks".  I could definitely identify with that.

Katey:  Ha-ha.  I guess it would have to be when I first heard “Spiderwebs” by No Doubt on the radio.  I was glued to the speaker thinking, "Wow, so this exists?!"  They have been my all-time favorite band since.

Jeff:  My friend in freshman year high school suddenly got really into guitar and convinced me to learn bass so we could start a band.  Prior to that it hadn’t ever occurred to me that the music I heard on the radio was something I could actually play, and that I could even write like that.  Most of my musical moments were the result of someone else pushing me to try something new.

When did you decide that you wanted to start writing, performing and recording your music?  What brought that decision about?

Joe:  When I was twelve, my dad taught me a few chords on guitar and about six months later my friends and I tried to start a band.  We weren't good enough to play anyone else’s songs, so we started writing our own.  By the fourth song we actually came up with something decent, at that point I thought, “Maybe this is something I can actually do”.

Katey:  When I started my girl band Female Trouble, I just wanted to play in a band.  I didn't know how to play any instruments, and luckily I had three friends who were in the same boat.  The magic we all felt after completing our first song caught me hook, line, and sinker.

Jeff:  It’s always just been sort of a given.

What was your first instrument?  When and how did you get it?

Katey:  After I found out that my hands were not equipped for the bass, I went on Craigslist and bought a cheap keyboard.  I never had lessons or anything, just the determination to perform.  That was a mere four years ago.

Joe:  My first instrument was piano, after that I played saxophone and drums, before finally settling on guitar.

Jeff:  Piano.

Brandon:  Trumpet.  My grandfather had shipped his old trumpet in hopes I would want to learn, so I did.  I believe it was sixth grade band class.  I've long forgotten how to play it since then.

When and how did you all originally meet?

Brandon:  A singles only cruise.

How did the band get started originally and when was that exactly?

Joe:  It started at the end of 2006, but was absolutely awful until 2008 when Jeff joined.

What does the name The Rebel Set mean or refer to in the context of your name?  Who came up with the name and how did you go about choosing it?

Katey:  The Rebel Set was a 1959 B-movie that was later made popular by the commentary of Mystery Science Theatre 3000.

Joe:  Our first drummer saw the DVD sitting at my house and thought it would be a good name for a band.

Where’s The Rebel Set currently located at?

Katey:  The I-10, between Desert Center and Blythe.  Ha-ha, we’re on our way home to Phoenix after a mini-tour in Southern California as I type this.

How would you describe the local music scene where you all are at right now?

Brandon:  Hit or miss.  Depends on the weather.

Katey:  It seems like almost everyone I know either plays in a band, or spins their records at shows.  There's something fun happening every night of the week in Phoenix.  I'm a huge fan of the Freaks of Nature, a local garage rock group who play with us a lot.

Are you very involved in the local scene at all?  Do you book or attend a lot of local shows?

Katey:  Absolutely.  I’m a very popular person.

Joe:  We book a lot of shows for friends of ours coming through town, and we're always out to see what new bands are around.

Do you help to record and or release any local music?  If so can you tell us a little about that?

Katey:  Nah, I just go to shows.

Do you feel like the local scene has played an important or pivotal role in the sound or evolution of The Rebel Set, or do you all feel like you could be doing what you’re doing and sound like you do regardless of where you’re living or what you’re surrounded with?

Joe:  I would definitely say that Arizona music of the past has been an influence on me from Duane Eddy, Al Casey, Lee Hazelwood, Mike Condello and Hub Kapp and the Wheels, to the early Phoenix punk scene and bands like Killer Pussy and JFA.  But as far as the current scene goes, I think we could do what we’re doing anywhere.  I don't mean that as a slight to the Phoenix scene, but I don't think we fit in with it or get as much support as we do in some of the other towns we play in regularly.

Katey:  Well, we've heard a lot of local bands from the 50's and 60's who definitely play a role in our sound and visual aesthetic.  We're pretty adaptable.

Jeff:  I think we certainly learned more about ourselves by comparing what we were doing to other bands.  We knew right away that we weren’t very gimmicky.  And we decided from the start that we were going to stick with that, despite occasionally feeling like we were ignored for it.  I think we’ve had confidence that the music we play should be the primary focus, getting the sound we want and showcasing that as what we’re all about.  I think it’s paid off.

For one reason or another I just feel like I’m selling a band short when I try and describe them myself.  Rather than me making some awkward attempt at describing how you sound, how would you describe The Rebel Set’s sound in your own words to our readers who might not have heard you yet?

Katey:  Fuzzy, raw surf garage punk.  The kind of tunes you wanna shake your hips to.

While we’re talking so much about the history and background of the band would you like to share with me who you would site as your major musical influences?  What about influences on the band as a whole rather than just individually?

Joe:  Some of my favorite music that probably doesn't come across in the sound of the band is 60's girl groups, 80's stuff like Adam Ant and The Go-Go's.  Most of the stuff that we can agree on isn't surprising though.  Obviously we’re into The Ramones, the Cramps, The Beach Boys, The Ventures, various surf, garage...

Katey:  Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, The Sonics, and ? And the Mysterians have undoubtedly been some major influences.

Jeff:  I listened to classic rock as a kid, so I basically just try to not play like that now.

Can you tell us about The Rebel Set’s songwriting process some?  Is there someone who comes up with a riff or more finished idea to bring to the rest of the band and work out, or is there a lot of jamming and exchange of ideas when you all get together to play that you slowly distill into a song over a process of refinement?

Jeff:  Joe comes up with the idea, and will make notes about any particular areas where he wants the drums to do something unusual.  I take that, and we sit and play through the song a few times until we’ve got the basic feel down.  Then we bring in the other instruments.  The structure usually stays pretty fluid until Joe’s done with the lyrics, and I don’t really lock in my part until we’ve played the song a few dozen times and I know what I want to do to make my part unique, without being too complicated.

Katey:  Joe is the genius behind the surf guitar.  Once he records fragments, the rest of us build around them, resulting in our groovy sound.

Joe:  I have the whole song pretty much written in my head, but I like to leave it open for the rest of the bands input.  Sometimes it ends up going the way I planned, and sometimes it goes off in a totally different direction.

Do you all enjoy recording?  As a musician myself I think that most people can really appreciate that final product, holding an album in your hands is an amazing feeling and one that’s hard to beat.  Getting to the point though, getting everything recorded and worked out the way that you want it, that can be a little stressful to say the least.  How is it recording for you all?

Brandon:  I love it.

Joe:  I enjoy recording but it can be a bit stressful.  We don't have a big budget to record with so we can't waste a lot of time or make too many mistakes.  We usually record analog so that rules out a lot of editing or high tech trickery.

Katey:  Personally, I only have one recording experience with the band, and boy, did we have a lot of fun with it.  We're all friends, and the jokes never stop!

Jeff:  I never feel like the songs are as done as they could be, but that’s true for songs on the oldest albums, so if we waited for me to feel ready, we’d never record.  It’s fun to be set up with the equipment and such, but it can be a little nerve-wracking to be focused on getting the tracks perfect.  I wouldn’t say I enjoy the process, as much as the finished product.

Does The Rebel Set utilize a more DIY approach to music where you handle things on your own, or do you all head into the studio when it comes time to lay stuff down?

Katey:  We're DIY, for sure.  Our buddy Ward came to Joe's house and taped us.  All analog, all the time!  That's the way we like it!

Joe:  We're pretty DIY, but as we progress I'd like to get a few more people who know what they’re doing involved.  Our first album was recorded and mixed entirely by us.  This time we actually had an engineer record and mix it, and we actually had it mastered.  Who knows, maybe we'll actually go to a real studio for the third one.

Do you do a lot of prep work before you record?  Some bands love having every nook and cranny of a song figured out and sounding just the way that they want while other prefer a loose and light approach to recording.  Do you all try and figure everything out getting stuff sounding just the way that you want them before you record or is it more of an organic process where the music has room to change and evolve somewhat during the recording process?

Katey:  There's always room for last minute changes, but we had everything solid by the time we recorded.  For example, our instrumental track on the new album originally had lyrics.  The day we recorded, we decided to nix the words and add bloodcurdling screams instead.  I'd say it was a wise choice, and it's a lot of fun to play live!

Jeff:  Our songs are all about keeping it simple and straightforward, so there’s not a lot of tweaking that needs to happen.  Once we’re solid enough with the songs, and happy with what we’re hearing during practice, then it’s recording time.  I don’t know of any songs where we locked it down and then later I said, “No wait, I need to change something before we record”.  We’re pretty fast at getting the songs to work.

Can we take a little time to talk about your back catalog?  The Teenage Killer 7” was your first release that I know of.  I know that Silver Hornet Music owns the rights to the music and that you all own Silver Hornet, what I couldn’t figure out was whether or not Silver Hornet Records had released the single essentially making it self-released or if it was handled by another record label?  I saw pictures from your recent tour where you had copies on your merch stand so I assume that’s still in print.  Is that a limited release at all?

Joe:  It was supposed to be released by another label, but when that fell through we put it out ourselves. That’s what led to us starting our own label.  We stopped selling it for a while, due to the fact that we don't care for it much, but we have a few copies hanging around so we sell them from time to time.

What was the recording of the material for the Teenage Killer single like?  Was that a fun experience for you all?  When was that material recorded and who recorded it?  Where was that at?  What kind of equipment was used?

Joe:  We recorded that in our original bass player’s house.  We had recorded an entire albums worth of material, but decided to hold off on releasing a full album until the lineup was more solid.

I know you all contributed a track to the 2009 digital compilation, When In Arizona, but I couldn’t find what song that was?  What song is that and is it specific to this release only or have you released it elsewhere since?

Joe:  That was a compilation of Arizona bands covering other Arizona bands.  We did an Antique Scream song, I'm not sure we really did it justice.  It’s only available on that compilation.

2010 saw the release of your full-length album, Poison Arrow which I believe was also self-released?  Was the recording of the material for Poison Arrow very different than the session(s) for your earlier single?  Can you share some of your memories of recording that first album?  Was it a fun, pleasurable experience for you all?  When and where was it recorded?  Who recorded it?  What kind of equipment was used?

Joe:  It was recorded by us in my living room.  We used a 1/4 inch 8-track and a mixing board bought from a church rummage sale.  It was mastered but we didn't like the way it turned out, so we ended up releasing it un-mastered.

Jeff:  This was the first recording that I’m on, done in-house during our last days with Mike.  Joe handled the recording, so he can talk more about how that was set up.  We’d been playing most of the songs for a long time.  I think only three songs were brand new to us by that point, so it was really sort of this culmination of a year’s worth of playing local shows.  Looking back, I was still pretty green with respect to that style of playing, and there’s plenty of tracks I’d love to do over.  But the album was well received and things really started to go in a new direction after the album came out.  I think we all started to realize that the band had more potential than we’d previously thought, so it was a big turning point.

You self-released your second 7” in 2011, Nightmare which consisted of three new tracks.  What was the recording of that like?  Were those songs written and or recorded specifically with the single in mind or had they been around for a while looking for a place to call home?  If they were recorded for this release can you tell us about the recording of the material for the Nightmare 7”; that sentence sounds epic, ha-ha!

Joe:  It was recorded by Ward Reeder, who also recorded How To Make A Monster.  It was done in only one day because he had the studio time and we happened to have three new songs.  We thought it turned out well so we released it.

Jeff:  I think we did the 7” as a way to have something new to offer people while we were transitioning in our lineup.  We brought back the bassist who’s on Poison Arrow to do the recording, and it was also a chance to debut the organ as a new instrument, though we didn’t have anyone to play it live yet.  It was a chance to try out some new sounds since we knew we wanted to expand after Poison Arrow.

After a three year hiatus from releases you have come out of the gate hard for 2014 with probably the strongest material you’ve released to date, with your second full-length How To Make A Monster.  I really dig Poison Arrow but How To Make A Monster basically perfectly picks up where the Nightmare single left off.  Did you all approach the songwriting or recording of this album radically differently than your previous works in any way?  What can our readers expect from How To Make A Monster?  Where and when was the material for How To Make A Monster recorded?  Who recorded it?  When was that?  What kind of equipment was used?

Katey:  How To Make A Monster was recorded in June 2013 by our buddy Ward Reeder.  It's an explosion of surf beats, in-your-face reverb, and poppy organ.

Joe:  We recorded it in my living room again, but we used much nicer equipment this time

Jeff:  Three years doesn’t sound like much, but a lot happened between Nightmare and How To Make A Monster.  I’m a much better player now than I was back then, and I think everybody on this album has a professional quality that makes the album standout.  Combine that with more confident song-writing on Joe’s part, and it was just sort of a given that this album was going to be a stronger release than what we’d done before.  The fact that the recording process was more or less identical to Poison Arrow, but the result is that much better, speaks to that development.

Now there are several different versions of How To Make A Monster coming out.  There’s a cassette version on Burger Records, there’s a limited edition CD version, a 12” vinyl version and then a pre-order limited edition 12” vinyl version with a bonus 7”.  How many copies is everything limited to do you know?  I know that Burger used to hand number a lot of their stuff, is that going to be the case with your cassette or is it an open ended pressing with them?  What about the CD?  Now as for the 12”, what’s on the bonus single that comes with the limited edition?  How many copies is that limited to?  I know Burger is putting out the cassette version, are you all self-releasing the vinyl and CD versions?

Joe:  The CD’s limited, it only exists for promotional purposes.  There’s a handful left over so people can buy them while supplies last.  The tape is limited as well, but how limited is up to Burger.  The vinyl isn't being limited to any number, but I'm sure it won't be available forever.  So basically, if you want it in any format I would suggest you don't waste time!

Does The Rebel Set have any music that we haven’t talked about yet, maybe a song on a compilation or a single that I might have missed?

Joe:  There are some songs on other compilations, but most of them have been rereleased on albums, or had already been on an album.

With the release of How To Make A Monster earlier this month (2014) are there any other releases in the works or on the horizon at this point?

Katey:  We’ve been working on some new booty-shakin' hits, but no plans to record again for a while.

Jeff:  We talked about trying to pump out some new material sooner.  We definitely have new songs in the works, but balancing that effort with the travel and a busier show schedule is a bit of challenge.  So, I think we probably won’t make any decisions until later this year on what the future holds.

Joe:  We'll probably start working on something new in the latter half of this year.

Where’s the best place for our US readers to pick up copies of your albums?

Katey:  At a show, or Bandcamp.

Joe:  You can also get it from Burger Records, Insound or just go down to your local store and if it isn't in stock, tell them to order it for you.

With the completely insane international postage increases these last few years I always try to provide our readers with as many options for picking up import releases as I possibly can.  Where’s the best place for our international and overseas readers to pick up copies of your stuff?

Joe:  Our international distribution is lacking, so the most fool proof way to get it is probably just through us.  The cost of postage is pretty crazy these days, but we keep our shipping costs low so it doesn't cause anyone buying the record to go broke, even if it means we lose a couple of dollars in the process.

Katey:  Bandcamp.

And where’s the best place for fans to keep up on the latest news like upcoming shows and album releases at?

Katey:  Facebook, Bandcamp or Songkick.

Jeff:  Facebook/twitter.

Are there any major goals that The Rebel Set are looking to accomplish in 2014?

Katey:  To conquer the world!

Jeff:  I’m hoping we can play in more new spots and get more people a chance to hear us.  Beyond that, I’d like to keep putting out more material.

What, if anything does The Rebel Set have planned as far as touring goes for 2014 so far?

Joe:  Right now we’re mostly just touring around the Southwest and West Coast, we'll be at SXSW this month as well as in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona.  We've got more in the planning stages, but nothing for sure yet.

Do you all enjoy touring?  Do you spend a lot of time out on the road?  What’s life like on the road with The Rebel Set?

Katey:  We do enjoy life on the road.  It's one big bucket of jokes and savage rock ‘n’ roll.

Jeff:  Touring is definitely a highlight of being in this band for me.  I would probably never have gotten to know the towns we play in the most without having shows to play there.  We usually try to go see at least one interesting thing in the town we’re playing in, especially if we haven’t been there before, but we also balance it out with not spending too much money.  That Sea World visit still hasn’t happened yet.  So there can be a lot of downtime where we’re waiting for the show to start, which usually makes the shows that much more gratifying.

Do you remember what the first song that The Rebel Set ever played live was?  Where and when would that have been at?

Joe:  I don't remember what the first song we played live was, but I do know I broke a string while playing it.

Jeff:  I can barely remember what the first song we played at our last show was.  My first show was at Hollywood Alley.  Mostly I just remember my drum set falling apart and sliding all over the floor because I didn’t realize I needed a drum rug.

Who are some of your personal favorite acts that you’ve had a chance to play with over the last few years?

Katey:  Kid Congo, Shannon and the Clams, Pearl Harbour, and The Growlers just to name a few.

Jeff:  The Anomalies were a blast, and I enjoyed playing with the Swank Bastards.

Do you have any funny or interesting stories from any of your live shows that you’d like to share here with our readers?

Katey:  Ha-ha, well we played with Green Jelly in Ventura the other night.  During our set, a girl in a wheelchair started the dance party...  Popping wheelies and all!

In your dreams, who are you on tour with?

Katey:  Duane Eddy, Eddie Cochran or The Cramps!

Joe:  The Shangri-La's, Devo, The Drags.

Jeff:  My dream is to have a tour bus that someone else paid for.  I don’t care who we share the stage with, just give me somewhere to lie down while we’re moving.

Do you all give a lot of thought to the art that represents the band like covers, flyers and posters?  Do you have a go-to artist for those kinds of things?  If so who is he or she and how did you originally get hooked up with them?

Katey:  Our bass player Brandon is pretty darn handy with Photoshop.

Joe:  Our friend James does a lot of our art too.

With all of the various methods that are available to artists today I’m always extremely curious why they choose and prefer the various mediums that they do.  Do you have a preferred medium of release for your own music?  What about when you’re listening to and or purchasing music?  If so, can you talk a little bit about why?

Katey:  I really only listen to records.  Our new album sounds the best on vinyl.

Joe:  I like records best, but as long as I can get a physical copy I'm happy.  I don't really like downloading or streaming stuff.  Not for any moral reason, I just like to have a physical copy.

Do you have a music collection at all?  If so can you tell us about it briefly?

Katey:  My records are mostly 1950’s to 60’s surf, garage and rockabilly.  I have a lot of 80’s pop and new wave as well.  Record collecting is my favorite hobby, aside from pinball, of course.

Joe:  I have tons of records, CDs, tapes, 8-tracks, etcetera.  I’m a big collector of music and to me there’s nothing better than finding something that you've never heard before, and it turning out to be the greatest record no one has ever heard.

I grew up around a pretty big collection of music and I was encouraged from a pretty young age to dig in and enjoy it.  I would just wander up to these enormous shelves stuffed with music and pick something at random.  I’d stick it in the player, kick back with the liner notes, stare at the artwork and let the music just transport me off.  Having something physical to hold and experience along with the music always made for a more complete listening experience and offered a rare glimpse into the minds of the artists that made it.  Do you have any such connection with physically release music?

Katey:  Oh, absolutely.  I like to read every square inch of the liner notes and pore over the photos.

Joe:  I definitely read every single word printed on an album.

Jeff:  I’m digital all the way.  Saves on shelf space.

As much as I love my music collection I cannot deny how easy digital music has made listening to music.  I could never take music on the go with me like I can today!  I can carry more music on my phone that I could have stuffed into the boot of a car a few years back.  But that’s not even the real big game changer, when teamed with the Internet, that’s when things get really interesting.  Together they’ve exposed people to an entire world of music that they otherwise would never have even heard of and for independent bands really willing to work hard and promote an online presence it seems to be levelling the playing field somewhat.  Illegal downloading and another major blow to the major music companies are running rampant, but the have been since I was a kid and we would dub each other tapes and stuff.  As a musician during the reign of the digital era, what’s your opinion on digital music and distribution?

Katey:  It certainly makes it much easier, but then you don't hear the beautiful full sound of a vinyl record.

I try to keep up with as much good music and I possibly can but there’s no way to keep up with even one-percent of the awesome, mind bending stuff going on out there right now; there’s just not enough hours in the day.  As a result I spend a lot of time fumbling around online listening to random links and getting recommendations from anywhere that I can.  Which is why I always make sure to ask everyone I talk to this question, is there anyone from your local scene or area that I should be listening to that I might not have heard of yet?

Katey:  The Freaks of Nature are definitely my local favorites, and they just finished recording.  I can't wait to hear it!

Joe:  Burning Palms from Tucson are great!

What about nationally and internationally?

Katey:  I've been really into Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes lately.  Good stuff.

Joe:  Kid Congo's latest record is pretty good.

Thanks so much for taking the time to finish this, I know it wasn’t short and I can’t imagine it was very easy to come up with all the answers to this madness but you’re done now!  Before we sign off and call it a day, is there anything that I might have missed or that you’d just like to take this opportunity to talk to me or my reads about?

Joe:  No I think that about covers everything.  Thanks for talking to us and sorry it took so long to get this back to you!

(2008)  The Rebel Set – Teenage Killer – digital, 7” – Silver Hornet Records (7” limited to ? copies)
(2009)  Various Artists – When In Arizona – digital - ? ($8.00 for a download coupon)
(2010)  The Rebel Set – Poison Arrow – digital, CD – Silver Hornet Records
(2011)  The Rebel Set – Nightmare – digital, 7” – Silver Hornet Records
(2014)  The Rebel Set – How To Make A Monster – digital, Cassette Tape, CD, 12”, 12” + 7” – Silver Hornet Records/Burger Records (Cassette Tape limited to ? copies, CD limited to ? promotional copies)

Interview made by Roman Rathert/2014
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