Not just your average pastry-based rock machine, local quartet Acid Pie will give a faceful to Tricky Falls Saturday, Aug. 8. They’re low-down ‘60s style rock’n’roll at modern day speeds – sing ‘em loud dance tunes, shiny and happy as a ’56 Chevy. They’ve been around since 2005 and are currently signed to El Paso label Electric Social. What’s Up and singer/guitar player Rolph Zehntner spoke via Facebook about the new single and creative block.
Q. Talk a bit about your new single.
Well, the song is called “Don’t Forget About Me.” It’s been around for a while and it’s part of our self-titled album. We are releasing it in a special edition 7” vinyl this August, backed with “Come and Get It (If You Want It).” It’s our first time doing vinyl, and we’ll celebrate by headlining a show at Tricky Falls. Another first for us.
Q. Seems like things are starting to pick up.
The project started back in 2005, but it wasn’t really until late 2011 when the band as it is right now really started - with the current lineup and sound. Lots changed between ‘05 and now. We’ve learned a lot. We put out our debut EP in 2012.
Q. The first EP must have been a major milestone.
Yeah, we recorded some demos way back when, but the EP is when everything really clicked together. And it was a quick recording, basically done live. We took more time on the full-length, though.
Q. Do you think that helped?
Well, it was different - with the EP we really didn’t know what we were doing, how it was going to come out and what we were going to do with it. It was 6 songs, which was basically our live set, and we just went in, did it and that was that. Because it was well received, we had a lot more expectations for the long play. We took almost a year to write the songs. We still recorded it mostly live, so that went by pretty quick. Now we’re working on new material and it’s very different. I think when you’re working on your first recordings, you’re basically throwing anything you’ve got to it and next time around you start thinking about where it’s all going, what the theme or the progression is.
Q. That long-term thinking doesn’t give you a weird creative block?
A bit – I suppose. It gets tougher when you start second-guessing yourself and you lose sight of what it’s all about. Fortunately, we have each other to fall back onto and get back on track.
Thoughts on the EP music scene?
To me it’s still very exciting – I think there’s a lot of talented musicians around here and have always been. But right now I think there’s also this drive to accomplish something beyond making music or making good music. There are bands who are putting material out there, who are touring and working their asses off. I think as the city grows and there’s a larger local audience, we’ll start seeing more venues, more festivals and more labels here.
Q. It really does feel like the scene is bursting, maybe stronger than it’s ever been.
It does. I don’t think there are more bands, or musicians are more talented. But I do think they are more aware of the business side of it, and are more willing to work on stuff that musicians don’t necessarily see themselves doing. Maybe it’s all the changes in the way things are done nationally and globally. Small indie labels are better suited for success now than the big companies. And artists get a lot more of everything, be it money, artistic control, etc.
Q. What do you mean by “stuff that musicians don’t necessarily see themselves doing?”
These days you have to be a social media expert, a web developer, a lawyer, an agent and many other things if you want to be successful. But if you’re willing to, it gives you a lot more control over your career. We’re lucky to have the support of our label, but we still do a lot of that stuff.
The Other Half, Call for Candor,
Soul Parade, Dayluta Means Kindness
Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso St.
Saturday Aug. 8, 8 p.m., 16+
Tickets available at trickyfalls.com