The boys of San Diego’s Range Rover took a moment out of their time working on their debut album to answer some of my burning questions about their eclectic sound, their multi-layered tracks and their musical process. Also in this post: A new song, “There’s Nothing For Me Here” for your listening enjoyment. Look for it after the interview. If you didn't catch the first post on Range Rover, you can go here to listen to more of their songs.
Liz Livengood: One word to describe your sound?
LL: Weirdest instrument ever used?
Austin: We sampled a recording of one of our friends running into trash cans and knocking them over for percussion recently, so maybe that.
LL: What’s a range rover?
Cody: That’s for you to decide.
LL: Who did the artwork for your album?
John: My twin sister, Rebecca Warlick, does all of our art. She goes to Pratt Institute in New York and has a style that coalesces really well with our own, so it’s been awesome to be able to collaborate with her.
LL: What’s the best song on it?
Austin: Who knows?
Cody: At this point, we couldn’t like some of our songs over others. We’re not even close to deciding on a final tracklist for the album anyway.
LL: How do you find your samples? Do you just hear a noise and record it sometimes because it sounds cool?
Austin: That’s definitely happened.
Cody: Well, we record them all ourselves, but there isn’t a systematic way that we make them. Some are from field recordings, and some we just decide to make on the spot.
John: Yeah, we don’t really have boundaries with what or how we sample, we just use whatever we feel we need to use in the given situation.
LL: What is it like to see you live? John, there’s no way you can play the guitar, bass AND percussion at the same time!
John: Well, that’s because I don’t! Our friend Josh from Triptides actually helps us out on bass live. But even so, we all wind up playing multiple instruments in most songs.
Austin: All of us play guitar live, but then we have other things we’re doing at the same time.
Cody: Yeah, I’m usually running drum patterns on my Elektribe EM-1, and then we have a few samplers and loop pedals and such to make everything work out.
LL: Austin, are there any effects on your vocals, or is your voice just that dark?
Austin: Well, there’s reverb…
Cody: Austin’s voice is definitely dark though.
LL: For each of you: Who is your favorite band right now?
John: The Donnas.
Austin: Linkin Park.
LL: Tell me about your west coast tour. Any dates/venues lined up?
John: Well, there’s no specifics outlined yet, but we think it’s going to be in August. We’ve all got different schedules this summer so it’s going to be a little hectic, but it’ll happen.
Check out Range Rover's latest: "There's Nothing For Me Here." Dark and brooding, filled with great synth and guitar. Get your free download here.
Range Rover plans to tour the West Coast in August. In the meantime, we'll all just have to wait patiently for their debut album. We'll review it here and keep you posted on any tour news.