New Music For Mondays (Part 23) - Rusty Maples
It wasn't long after interviewing Las Vegas band Black Camaro on this very feature that I received and email from Rusty Maples asking me to check them out.
As regular visitors to this website will know, it is rare I listen to any direct contact from bands. Mostly because of time, but also because around 90-98% of bands sent to me are just not what I am in to.
Fortunately, that is not the case for this Vegas based 5 piece. I really enjoyed them, and I think you will too.
CMM: Hello Rusty Maples, and welcome to Choose My Music. As always we like to start with introductions, so who are Rusty Maples and where in the world would we find you?
BD: I don't know why, but this is a very hard question to answer. You'd find us in Las Vegas. We're a five piece alt-folky cherry beef-pop outfit,
CMM: How long has the band been playing together and how did it all start?
BD: My brother (Ian Dewane) and i have been writing music together for almost ten years, but this project started with myself and Cellist Courtney Waldron busking on the Vegas strip. My brother joined in on the writing and we added bassist Mike Weller, and Drummer Max Plenke a little over a year ago.
CMM: My knowledge of the Vegas music scene is quite limited, apart from other bands like Twin Brother and Black Camaro, who have both featured on this website. Is there a strong music scene behind all the glitz and glamour of the main drag?
BD: Those are two of my favorite vegas bands. I love the scene in Vegas. There's a great deal of camaraderie amongst the musicians. There's a shit load of talented bands out here, and the scene is getting better every year, it's good enough that you forget you live in fucking Disneyland.
CMM: Are there any other bands out there we should be keeping an eye on?
BD: A couple of vegas bands to look out for are Dusty Sunshine, Same Sex Mary and A Crowd of Small Adventures
CMM: I am not the best at describing how bands sounds - what would be on your press release?
BD: Cherry Beef-pop... I can't really elaborate.
CMM: I noticed you have a few out of state gigs coming up - where has been your favourite non-Vegas place to perform?
BD: Yeah we have a summer filled with touring. My favorite non-vegas city to perform has to be Reno, or my hometown of San Clemente, CA.
CMM: For an up and coming indie band like yourselves, what makes a good venue?
BD: Good sound/sound guy. Everything else shouldn't matter.
CMM: And did you make the trip to Austin this year for SXSW?
BD; We did. We didn't have an official "showcase", but we played seven well received shows while we were there. This is our second year making the trip, and its an amazing experience for any musician. We played a church, a taco shop, a house party, a lawn, and a couple of bigger venues on 6th street. You get to meet and play with some of the best up and coming bands from all over the world, and its feels cool to play ambassador to the Vegas music scene.
CMM: You released your Make Way album at the very end of 2012, how has it gone so far?
BD: It's been ok, but we are really going to push it this summer, and also record a couple of singles in the process.
CMM: And finally, where can people hear and find out more about you online?