Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Rococode

RococodeRococode are a creative four-piece hailing from Vancouver, BC who create the kind of music we love. There’s something about soaring vocals and flourished choruses that just lure us in!  Being fans of their debut record Guns, Sex & Glory which they released last year, AMBY wanted to catch up with the band to find out what’s been keeping them busy. So, we spoke with Rococode about writing for the next record, aggressive first pumping, and the chip diet!

AMBY: How would you describe Rococode’s sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

Rococode: We like to play with juxtaposition of light/dark, loud/soft, melodic/chaotic all while keeping within the pop realm.  hopefully it’s catchy… but will also keep you on your toes.

AMBY: You released your debut record Guns, Sex & Glory last year. What are your feelings about it now that you’ve had time to reflect on it?

Rococode: Well… I certainly haven’t listened to it in a long time… but it’s definitely been a great experience to see the songs grow up.  When we recorded the record we weren’t really a band yet… just some folks recording some songs… so many of the songs were in their infancy at that time.  We have sort of let them run a little wild over the past year and a half of live shows and they’ve certainly evolved and come of age in a promising way.  We are certainly a much different ensemble than the one that recorded Guns, Sex & Glory, but we have got a lot of mileage out of the record and the songs will keep on growing and they’re still super fun to play.

AMBY: What’s the story behind your glorious new song Follow You ‘Round?

Rococode: It’s a song that we have been playing live for most of the life of our band.  It’s been a year since we released new music and we won’t have an album out for a little while, so we felt it was important to put something out into the world to bridge the gap a little. We were among the last people to record in Vancouver’s famed Mushroom studios in late February and we banged out two songs in two days.  They were produced by our good friend Ted Gowans (who plays guitar for Tegan and Sara, among other things) and they also feature Ali Siadat from Mother Mother on the drums.  As I mentioned, we’ve been playing Follow You ‘Round (it was called “The Riot” then) for a long time, so it was important to bring in some people who could offer a fresh take on a song when we were pretty set in our ways.  Ted and Ali did just that and the sessions were super easy and we felt really great about the results.  We shipped the tracks off to Caleb Shreve in New York and he nailed the mixes in short order.

AMBY: Have you started writing or recording anything for the next record yet?

Rococode: We have had a couple of prolific writing stretches over the past year and have a nice little pool of songs collecting on scraps of paper and voice memos and various hard drives.  We are currently set up in my parents’ basement in rural Manitoba, adding to the pile for a couple of weeks. We are playing three or four unrecorded songs in the live set at this point.  The record itself is still in the planning stages, but the songs are coming along nicely.

AMBY: Does hailing from Vancouver, BC influence your music and if so, how?

Rococode: There are certainly aspects of Vancouver that leave an undeniable mark on our music – a winter of non-stop rain will inevitably seep into a song or two.  That being said, I don’t think any of us particularly identify ourselves as Vancouverites, per say.  None of us grew up in the city and we sort of live on the outskirts – both literally and figuratively.  At the same time, we have a lot of deep seeded connections to fellow Vancouver-based artists, so those relationships also impact music in their own way.  I guess I’m sort of back and forth on this one…. but overall… Yes.

AMBY: What’s the best moment you’ve had as a band so far?

Rococode: I think my personal favourite was opening for Mother Mother at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver.  It was fairly early in our career and was a pretty big thrill to play a show out show with our dear pals in our hometown.

AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?

Rococode: Aggressive fist pumping in very close proximity to our bass player’s face.

AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?

Rococode: Tears for Fears, Divine Fits, Little Dragon, The Antlers, Here We Go Magic.

AMBY: Which three of your influences would you love to hang out with for a day?

Rococode: Thom Yorke.  Tom Robbins. Tom Cruise.

AMBY: If you had to describe each member in the band with one word, which word would define them?

Rococode: Laura – Yorke, Andrew – Robbins, Shaun – Cruise.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

Rococode: Making a new record!  Summer festivals — although that feels like a distant dream because there are snow drifts up to my waist in the back yard.  Maybe climb a mountain, play some golf & finish reading Steppenwolf.

AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about Rococode that nobody knows?

Rococode: The chip diet.

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Thank you Rococode, for giving us your answers!

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