We usually fulfill our love of indie-rock by featuring bands from the UK, so coming across Sudbury, Ontario’s The Almighty Rhombus was awesome. In our Getting Cozy With, the band said that they “train in the ancient art of Tae Bo, practice transcendental meditation, have fun parties every night where only cool people come, listen to records and write unstoppable pop music.” As you can probably tell, they’re a fun band with some kick-ass music! So we’re excited to share our interview with The Almighty Rhombus as we talk about playing NXNE, giving their name some pizzazz, and how their bloodstreams are actually pure coffee…
AMBY: Hey The Almighty Rhombus! What’s the band been up to?
The Almighty Rhombus: Hello AMBY! We just got back from NXNE. Played two wonderful showcases and saw a ton of acts at the many venues hosting the festival. Currently, we’re gearing up to go out on the road. Going to be playing at the River and Sky festival (Northern Ontario) as well as a date in London beforehand. In August, we’re going to be heading out east for some dates with some awesome bands from the area including our good pals in Coyote from P.E.I. All of this is leading up to our full-length release, which is set for the fall. The record will be titled “Lucid Living”.
AMBY: What’s the best part of being in The Almighty Rhombus?
The Almighty Rhombus: Getting to hang out with my best friends all the time and play music that I feel passionate about. We’re all pretty laid back for the most part and it feels like a non-stop party when we’re playing shows. Meeting new people is also awesome and the band as a whole has proved to be a nice vessel for cool stuff like that.
AMBY: Where did the band’s name come from?
The Almighty Rhombus: I won’t try to invent a mystical story around it because well, there isn’t one. We were initially called “Rhombus” but at one of our shows, a good friend of ours deemed us “The Almighty Rhombus” before we hit the stage. Feeling like our name needed a little pizzazz, we all sort of agreed to get a little more descriptive. Boring, right?
AMBY: Off of your EP The Almighty Rhombus EP, which songs are your favorite and why?
The Almighty Rhombus: I like all of the songs on the EP. It’s hard to choose one because they’re like my kids you know? If a child protection service found out I was picking favorites, well they just might take exception! So to answer your question, I can’t really justify picking one. I will say that the best sounding one to my ears however is “She Didn’t Want Me.”
AMBY: She Didn’t Want Me is an absolute tune. What’s the inspiration behind it?
The Almighty Rhombus: Thank you! To be honest, I was out with some friends at a dance bar one night and anybody who knows me knows how weird that is for me. Anyway, there was a girl there and she kept telling me her name as we spoke sporadically throughout the night. So much so, that I was convinced she was doing it to burn the name into my brain. With alcohol flowing and a humorous perspective on how I was seemingly a fish out of water at this bar, I wrote out some lyrics on a crumpled napkin and finished the rest of it the next morning.
AMBY: Has being a band from Sudbury, Ontario had an influence on your music? And if so, how?
The Almighty Rhombus: At times, I find the city of Sudbury can be a little boring but for the most part we have a very vibrant and growing music scene here. I would say that having more free time allows musicians in this place to really buckle down and focus on things like rehearsing and taking the time to write songs with merit. For me personally, I’m inspired by themes and things that I experience on a day-to-day basis. That being said, the physical environment doesn’t play too much into that process, for me anyway.
AMBY: What’s next for The Almighty Rhombus?
The Almighty Rhombus: Hittin’ the road. Drinking 5000000 beers. Releasing a full length in the fall called “Lucid Living”.
AMBY: What’s the funniest moment you’ve had together as a band?
The Almighty Rhombus: There have been so many but just recently we had a pretty funny encounter with a van that was identical to our own. So, it’s 5 AM in Toronto and we had just finished loitering around Kensington market for the better part of 3 hours. Anyway, we see this van that’s identical to our own and our guitarist Cam started shouting to pedestrians to behold the rare sight of a “doppelvanger”. Needless to say the dudes looked pretty sketched out and thought someone they knew called was calling them. In the end, they turned around and saw what we were pointing out and laughed a great deal. The driver of the opposing van also threw up some bullhorns and it was a real rock and roll “Brothers in arms” type of moment. Funnier if you there though, ya know? I won’t quit my day job.
AMBY: Who are some of the last artists you listened to?
The Almighty Rhombus: For me, it’s been a lot of garage-y poppy stuff: Mikal Cronin, Ty Segall, Mac Demarco, King Tuff and a slew of other bands in that vein. These guys fuse awesome melodies with crunchy delicious sounding guitar.
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
The Almighty Rhombus: Being alive and healthy and happy. Getting to release a full-length record and press it to vinyl. Sharing the stage with some incredible acts.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Almighty Rhombus that nobody knows yet?
The Almighty Rhombus: We can eat/drink anybody under the table. Our bloodstream is actually pure coffee instead of blood and we are all dear animal lovers.
Thank you The Almighty Rhombus, for giving us your answers!