Tomorrow night in Santa Monica we are bringing together two of our favorite bands on this coast. The Sister Ruby Band hail from Los Angeles, but their sound brings together the spirits of Americana rock n’ roll. Zodiac Death Valley are making the journey down the coast from San Francisco where they have been hailed as one of the city’s best local bands. With a special opening set by Jess Furman and a closing DJ set by Rabbits Black, all of it comes together tomorrow night in an intimate setting that promises fans a show that they’ll be able to feel and hear up close and personal. We talked with Marlon Rabenreither, the soul of The Sister Ruby Band, about tomorrow’s show and what the band has been working on this year.
Rabbits Black (RB): What has The Sister Ruby Band been up to since the Rabbits Black show with 8mm in January?
Marlon Rabenreither (SRB): We’ve been playing a lot. Both around L.A. and at home. We are enjoying the kind of freedom it gives you to have a set you both really dig and are comfortable enough with to really take chances on with playing. We all live together in an old house in between a hardware store and a 101 overpass, so we don’t get a lot of noise complaints. That makes it easy.
Rabbits Black (RB): Is there a new SRB album in the works?
Marlon Rabenreither (SRB): We’re working on a record at home. We really want to put something together from what we’re all feeling and working with these days.
Rabbits Black (RB): Have these songs made it into your live sets?
Marlon Rabenreither (SRB): Our set now is all new stuff.
Rabbits Black (RB): We loved the art direction for the video “Oh Mercy”. How did that video come about?
Marlon Rabenreither (SRB): We are lucky enough to have friends that get us. Music videos are hard because we all feel that visual representation says a lot about intent. We have never been about a look and we don’t write stories, so our videos can’t be narrative and they won’t be about us. All of us place a lot of value in aesthetics, and Aaron Brown and Ben Chappell get that. They’re our friends, they get it, and they know what we’re into. It was pretty natural – what you see there is more or less the first cut.
Rabbits Black (RB): Should we look out for anything special tomorrow during the set?
Marlon Rabenreither (SRB): Nicole Garcia will be joining us, she plays a Vox Continental and sings.
The Sister Ruby Band this Saturday at O’Brien’s on Main St. in Santa Monica at 10 PM. To reserve your spot in the intimate music room at O’Brien’s RSVP at the Facebook invite here.