What I Learned at Bandcamp: Rags & RibbonsBandcamp and the album can be streamed in its entirety on Facebook.
The trio of Ben Weyerhaeuser, Chris Neff and Jon Hicks will begin touring in March through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, Idaho and more, on their way to Texas for South by Southwest.
Recently the band posted on Facebook looking for Arizona bands to play a show with them. “Any Tucson, AZ people friends with us on here? If so, sound off below! We need your help!” Who better to suggest local bands than Arizonans themselves? Leave a comment on their page with suggestions for what bands you think Rags & Ribbons should add to the bill for their upcoming visit.
Who or what are your influences?
Read below to see what Hicks has to say about the band and his advice to our readers…
Some of our musical influences range from Muse, to the Deftones, to Brahms and much in between. But like everyone else, we have artistic, emotional, and philosophical influences, too. And we believe the influences of the people in our lives are most profound, helping us create something altogether different.
How did you come up with your name?
We spent almost a year deciding on this name. In the end, we liked the alliteration, versatility, and the imagery it evokes.
How did you guys meet/form the band?
Ben and I met in college and started making music together then. We (in a very fortunate twist of fate) found Chris on Craigslist.
Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We’re touring down to SXSW this March, and will be touring the East Coast later this year. We also have some projects in the making that we’ll publicize on our Facebook page as the year progresses.
What inspires your music?
The incredible scope of our shared human experience never ceases to be a source of inspiration for us. As musicians, we (perhaps vainly) strive with everything we do – writing, performing, etc, – to communicate that experience in a way that words can’t, with the hopes that some day we will scratch the surface.
What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Those musicians that go beyond what they’ve heard to create something new. Also, the bands we’ve had the privilege of opening for and playing with like No Kind of Rider and Symmetry/Symmetry.
Why do you make music?
Creating a work of art that can really speak to people and influence their lives in a way that nothing else can is the single greatest triumph that a musician can hope for. It’s these moments of triumph that make all the time, labor, and sacrifice worth it.
Anything else you’d like our readers to know about your band
Listen to things you haven’t heard before. Take risks.