Toronto alternative rock band The Rabid Whole are heading out on the road with Cyanotic for the Termina Tour. The tour will be making a stop in Ypsilanti at the Maidstone Theatre on Monday, September 29.
Yesterday, The Rabid Whole released their new EP Problems, which features their new single “Don’t Stop Now”.
Today, vocalist Andreas Weiss checked in as the band prepares to hit the road.
Q: How are you today?
Andreas: Good. It’s been pretty hectic here. We leave in two days and we’ve got all these lists of insurance for all the equipment and all the merchandise is being printed and catalogued. We’re just confirming everything with twenty-five plus shows coming up you want to know everything is good to go.
Q: So for those coming out to the shows, what should they expect?
Andreas: Well we’re doing six weeks with about thirty shows throughout Canada and the US. The show’s going to be high energy. It’s gonna be exciting. It’s gonna be awesome and nobody’s going to leave and forget about it. We never leave people disappointed.
Q: So you will be performing songs from your Problems EP that came out yesterday?
Andreas: Yeah we’ve got a few songs from the new EP and then we’ve got about the same amount or maybe a little more from our previous album Refuge, which came out a couple of years ago. Then maybe one or two tracks from our debut Autraumaton. We’ll see. Some of those might come out on different nights depending on how excited people are I guess.
Q: Is there a song right now that you enjoy performing live the most?
Andreas: I’m having a lot of fun with some of the new ones. One that’s always been a lot of fun for me is “Metro”. That’s always pretty high energy and is a lot of fun live. “Refuge” is a little slower but I like it. I like the progression it’s got and it’s a little more personal to me I guess.
Q: Looking at your new EP, what do you feel makes this one stand out?
Andreas: At first I wasn’t exactly sure how to describe what was different about it from our previous stuff and then after I read a few of the reviews, I kind of sort of noticed what it was. It’s definitely moodier than the previous ones. It’s a little more mature and maybe a little more serious. We’ve got a little more range musically in there. Just in the range of the quieter kind of songs mixed with the heavier songs. I think it’s just showing another side of us. There’s just more emotion. What I was going through when I wrote this EP is very different from what I was going through when I wrote Refuge or Autraumaton. It’s a different set of feelings or experiences that are being drawn from to create it.
Q: You have the “Don’t Stop Now” single out now. Can you talk about making the video for the single?
Andreas: Yeah that was a lot of fun. The guy who directed it is a friend of mine, Peter Arvidsson, and he’s a genius. He sees things where other directors don’t. It was a small crew. It was kind of a DIY production that turned out well. We were all pretty happy with the results. A little known fact is that we actually shot that in my house. We dug the grave in my backyard and we had all the lighting equipment set up there with the crew and all my neighbors kept driving by slowly looking at the grave digging going on in the backyard. [laughing] It was kind of funny. There are some other little known facts too but I won’t reveal them!
Q: Well it just came out but have you had a good response to the Problems EP so far?
Andreas: Yeah definitely. Fortunately, so far! It’s really been a great reaction. I think all of the reviews have been good so far. I don’t know, maybe they’re just the type of people who like our stuff but it’s been good. The fans are who we care the most about. When I write the music I’m not really thinking about other people. I’m just writing what I am feeling at that moment. It’s a form of expression but it’s always encouraging and confirming when your fans are saying they love the direction you took and that they like it.
Q: Where do you draw your biggest inspiration from?
Andreas: It could be anything but I mean it’s usually at points of more emotion. I mean if I’m just sitting around I probably won’t have that need to want to write but if I’m really feeling something then I just got to get something out. So it’s mainly those points of more extreme emotion or if I see something really cool like a unique movie or I got to some really cool place. I mean anything like that can inspire writing. I think it’s stuff that is out of the ordinary that seems to strike a chord.
Q: How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard of you?
Andreas: I would just say twenty-first century alternative rock. A lot of people try to say that it’s some dark genre or some little niche but it’s just alternative rock. I think it’s in the same genre as a lot of bands like Nine Inch Nails or Radiohead or Smashing Pumpkins. It’s rock music.
Q: What are you looking forward to most about going out on this tour?
Andreas: Well I really like the guys from Cyanotic. They seem pretty cool, easy to get along with guys. I like that we’re hitting up a lot of cities that we’ve been too and it’s nice to already see a lot of excitement on line. People are talking about it because they’ve seen us on the last couple of tours. People are excited to see us and Cyanotic as well. So hitting all those cities again is cool but there’s also a bunch of new places that we’ve never been too like Ypsilanti. It’ll be nice to see some new faces and play to new cities. Yeah, I mean touring is a lot of work. I don’t think there’s anything more tiring and stressful than doing a tour but it’s rewarding to accomplish your way through it. It’s kind of interesting because the second you leave out onto the road, you basically hit pause on your life for six weeks or whatever. You leave everything behind and you kind of live on very little. You know, maybe one week’s worth of clothes or whatever. You kind of learn to live with a much simpler existence. It’s kind of releasing in a way.
Q: What do you do in your downtime while out on tour?
Andreas: Well there can be some downtime in the case of a day off but most of the time a day off could just be a drive day. Usually downtime is pretty rare because we’re usually either doing all kinds of social media stuff or interviews or doing accounting or inventory or uploading all the video content from our cameras to a hard drive; all the boring stuff! Yeah it’s pretty much non-stop for us.
Q: What do you think has been the biggest thing you’ve done to build your fan base?
Andreas: Touring I think is the biggest thing. Hitting the road seems to be the way for us to really prove ourselves. Then people will talk about you so when you come back the next time there’s more people there to see it. Then just working hard to insure that we’re not putting out inferior stuff. Just making sure that the quality of production of anything we do is good. I can be a perfectionist about certain things. We try really hard to produce things that we would want or that we would be happy with. We never cheap out on anything.
Q: When you go out and play with other bands do you prefer going out with bands that have a similar style or do you prefer playing with someone from a different genre?
Andreas: It’s hard to say. It’s funny because we’ve been paired up with everything from black metal to instrumental pop stuff. I guess that’s the beauty of alternative rock because you kind of have a mix of everything. I like that when you play with other genres that there’s a good chance that you might bring people in from another place that might have been looking for you but when you play with people who are similar in genre I guess your target market is right there for you so they both have their positives.
Q: What’s your biggest goal moving forward as a band?
Andreas: I guess to have fun and enjoy what we’re doing and just do what we feel is good in our lives and that it’s worth it to us. Just to basically never disappoint the fans.
Q: Final words?
Andreas: Get your asses out to these shows! Don’t be the guy or girl that hears about it later!