. . . in which singer/bass guitarist Rush Olson details musical endeavors even... more »
. . . in which singer/bass guitarist Rush Olson details musical endeavors even less socially acceptable than Loda Dimes. Teeter on the brink with him when you listen to Ten Cent Instant Rebate, the band's new album. Find it at Amazon, CD Baby, Indierhythm.com, and more. « less
Interviewer : It seems like a lot of musicians have side projects, stuff they do apart from their regular bands.
Rush : Oh yeah, like Norah Jones with the Little Willies thing, and Paul McCartney when he went on hiatus from the Beatles to do Wings.
Interviewer : The Beatles broke up before he did Wings
Rush : Did they? Long hiatus, huh?
Interviewer : Anyway, any side projects away from Loda Dimes?
Rush : Yeah, I’m off into a couple of things. Loda Dimes blends a lot of styles, but I’ve been trying to do some stuff that involves styles Loda Dimes doesn’t delve into.
Interviewer : Such as?
Rush : Well, I’m doing a thing called Rockers and Hammerdown. We do classic showtunes in a heavy hardcore style. We’ve been working on that one with the Jets and the Crips or whatever.
Interviewer : Westside Story?
Rush : Yeah, I think that’s it. You know your hardcore. Check this (sings) Maria, I just met a girl named Mariaaagghhh (guttural hardcore sound).
Interviewer : That’s a lot different from the original.
Rush : Yeah, we do it in a different key. We’re working on our verson of the Music Man right now. I found these guys that sing metalcore barbershop. It’s intense.
Interviewer : What else would it be?
Rush : Hey you know that Jewish guy that sings reggae?
Interviewer : Matisyahu?
Rush : Yeah, him. Well, one of the other groups I’ve got turns that around a little bit. We do traditional Jewish music but with a reggae sensitivity.
Interviewer : Taking the synagogues by storm is it?
Rush : Listen to this (sings) Ganja Nagila Ganja Nagila Ganja, Nagila . . .
(interviewer stares dumbfounded)
I’ve also started a Rolling Stones tribute band.
Interviewer : Oh, you do Stones covers.
Rush : No, not a Rolling Stones cover band. A tribute band. We don’t do songs by the Stones, we do songs about the Stones. For instance; (sings) How much nutrition do cigarettes have? Enough to keep Keith alive without food for sixty years. Or this; Mick gets all kinds of girls, really hot ones, even though he looks like that. I wish that were me. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I wish that were me.
Interviewer : Any others?
Rush : Yeah this is kind of our signature (sings) Start Me Up is a really great rock song – one of the best ever! It’s really great. Really really really really really really really really great.
Interviewer : That’s very reverential.
Rush : You think Start Me Up is really really great don’t you? ‘Cause if not, this interview’s over, lady.
Interviewer : Oh no, certainly I do. But I think we’re just about out of time anyway, which isn’t the worst thing.
Rush : What, you don’t want to hear about the Progressivc Krunk Surf Project? Or the Experimentation in Monotone? Or The Industrial Nursery Rhyme Collective? Little Goth kids love it.