There’s little doubt that Unhealthy Rabbits are among the many most influential and profitable acts out of New England of the previous decade. From regional accolades together with a number of Boston Music Awards, to worldwide excursions, to main late-night speak present appearances, the “new crack swing” progenitors stay a degree of native delight, to not point out infinite leisure.
Whereas there are a number of components of Unhealthy Rabbits that stick out, the impossibly pure electrical vocals of frontman Dua Boakye are legend round right here. His appearances on initiatives and levels with anybody is trigger for celebration, as has been the case following information of TiDES, his modern collaboration with drum and synth maestro Christian Tremblay (generally generally known as Catman) and guitar innovator Ryan “Rvrsr” Garvey—regardless that they haven’t dropped a lot as a single thus far.
We suspect that that is simply the primary of many occasions the Dig will verify in with TiDES, which is already rehearsing weekly and beginning to do exhibits (they smashed Boston artist Oompa’s report launch on the Sinclair final week—extra on that in our subsequent difficulty). However with Dua, Ryan, and Christian enjoying the Off The Document social gathering we’re internet hosting with Redefined and the Boston Music Awards on the Verb Lodge this Friday, we figured that an early check-in was so as.
How did this begin? How did you all come to know one another?
DB: Me and Christian met by way of a mutual good friend on the Boston Music Awards. Christian and Ryan had been in bands collectively.
That’s the way you met, however how does one thing like this truly change into a band? When and the way did the matrimony occur?
RG: It’s incestuous; we’ve all type of performed in numerous pals’ bands, in supporting and lead roles, and I used to be enjoying with Christian for 2 or three years earlier than assembly Dua.
CT: I had been jamming on and off with Dua since proper after we met in December 2017. I simply had a loopy schedule that month, and I simply booked two jams—one with Ryan, and one with Dua—and TiDES was mainly born within the overlap of that. We had been all jamming, and we had been mainly like, It is a band. The whole lot we jammed on might be a tune; we nonetheless have actually deep demos from our first six or seven rehearsals. That’s the place it began, however now we’re finalizing songs and dealing on preparations and stuff like that.
Am I right in that you’re a three-piece by nature however your first couple of exhibits are with 5 folks—you three plus a drummer and a bassist?
CT: With simply the three of us, we now have digital drums and stuff, however that is sort of an opportunity for us to stretch out and take some stress off of our backs.
DB: When it’s stripped down it’s keys, guitar, and results from Ryan, and drums and samplers and ambient sounds coming from me or Christian. I attempt to be the drummer.
Dua, the way you singing? How onerous are you going?
DB: It’s plenty of down tempo stuff, since Unhealthy Rabbits is so upbeat. Unhealthy Rabbits can do something, however with TiDES I used to be attempting to give attention to me. I’m not attempting to do plenty of the stuff I do with Unhealthy Rabbits, like wailing. I’ve plenty of these bizarre vocal concepts. I sort of need to do extra introspective stuff, much less of a celebration vibe however that can nonetheless get you within the temper.
You have got been more and more outspoken politically, so I’m imagining that the stuff you’re writing now’s aggressively progressive.
DB: A hundred percent. And my band rides together with it as a result of they perceive, they usually really feel the identical means.
What are you writing about?
DB: For the intro that we do for our exhibits, I wrote about immigration, what’s taking place on the border, and the border disaster. Internment camps, I’m speaking about citizenship, what’s happening and the way fucked up it’s. However there are different issues I’m attempting to the touch on, just like the gospel facet of it—there’s a connection between the battle and gospel, and we’re attempting to achieve that outer realm of it the place it’s proper on the cusp of psychedelic and non secular. The battle comes on the market.
RG: I don’t assume plenty of it’s about attempting to attain or sound like one thing. This group actually has a clear method to its course of—it’s positively a really … genre-wise, there’s no predisposed thought of what we need to sound like. Considered one of us simply comes up with one thing; if Christian or I comes up with one thing, Dua at all times has issues on his thoughts that we will simply check out, and plenty of these find yourself being developed after.
What’s the best venue within the Boston space for the sort of music you’re making?
CT: I feel Lizard Lounge could be dope.
I swear, for some cause, that’s precisely what I used to be pondering.
DB: It will be an important intimate present, even when there have been 4 or 5 of us. However we will rock wherever—our very first present was at Brighton Music Corridor. We did the present in March and performed in entrance of like 200 folks, possibly extra. It was an excellent crowd. We want an intimate venue, although.
How do you tempo yourselves? How do you make certain shit will get accomplished? Is there an EP deliberate?
DB: Yeah, it’s recorded mainly. I’m sort of the go-to man, however everyone has their duties. We’re all attempting to determine how you can bundle it in a way.
CT: All of us have our personal position and accountability. It’s an trustworthy course of. It’s straightforward to idiot round with concepts, however we do have issues completed.
RG: We’re type of passing that honeymoon stage, we’re writing extra effectively, and we’re utilizing our time extra effectively.
DB: I gained’t even put a time-frame on it proper now. We did one thing for the 617 Periods—that’s mainly going to be our debut. However we now have plenty of different music. I’m fairly certain we’ll simply be dropping singles proper now.
I clearly have to complete off by asking concerning the identify, TiDES. Do I’ve to determine it out for myself?
DB: We are actually battling with altering the identify. I don’t bear in mind who got here up with TiDES, however we tried to acronym—backronym it—and …
RG: I feel the explanation we’ve been snug with the identify up till now’s that it’s like the present, the way in which issues go. It’s freedom of expression; TiDES is pure.
CT: We’re very direct with one another, it’s nice.
DB: These are the 2 little brothers I at all times needed.
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Chris Faraone is the Information+Options Editor of DigBoston and the Director of Editorial for the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism. He’s additionally the creator of 4 books together with ’99 Nights with the 99 P.c’ and ‘Heartbreak Hell.’
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