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Psych rock is a genre that can encompass a spectrum of<br />

sounds ranging from pop-oriented songs to less-defined<br />

and at times downright chaotic jams. Risen to semi-celebrity<br />

status in NYC through busking in the subway to the<br />

tune of songs by the Beatles, Rockaway Beach, New York’s<br />

Blac Rabbit creates music that falls in the former category,<br />

with precise song structures and thoughtful lyrical content.<br />

What bridges those extreme ends is a like-minded penchant<br />

for phased guitar textures and dreamy introspection.<br />

After impressing with their 2017 debut 6 track EP, the band<br />

recently released new single “Seize <strong>The</strong> Day” from their<br />

forthcoming record Interstella. We asked the two brothers<br />

at the helm of the band a few questions about their creative<br />

process and gear. (DAVE CROMWELL)<br />

You guys became some kind of NYC sensation for busking in<br />

the subway, how long did you do that and was it a formative<br />

experience for what the band is today?<br />

Busking originated for us as a way to raise money to see our<br />

mother in Puerto Rico, she was living there for a while a few years<br />

ago. It was only years later after settling in to several dead end<br />

jobs, getting sick of them, quitting, and then busking for about a<br />

year and a half before it began to blow up for us. Busking definitely<br />

sharpened our skills in terms of performing. I think pre-busking<br />

Electro-Harmonix Small Stone<br />

Nano / ZOOM G3 / ZOOM G3X<br />

Psych Rock<br />

I would have considered us producers more than anything else.<br />

Does gear have a role in this process? If so, how?<br />

We knew we wanted a “Psych Rock” sound, so when trying to<br />

figure out which analog pedals we would need to achieve that, we<br />

stumbled across these Zoom pedals. <strong>The</strong> G2 and G3. We chose<br />

them mainly because we were too broke to afford a shit ton of analog<br />

pedals. At first I thought we were settling, but now I think the<br />

sounds have grown on us. We mainly use a compressor and drive<br />

setting which adds some sort of mid range-heavy EQ. It does<br />

a really great job emulating a vintage analog tone. A delay and<br />

reverb combo which nicely washes out a guitar sound makes it<br />

sound ghostly, which I really like. And a Vibrato modulation. Really<br />

like the way this sound warps the pitch ever so slightly… so sick.<br />

Is there a person outside the band that’s been important in<br />

perfecting your recorded and/or live sound?<br />

For me Steve Lacey and Kevin Parker have been major influences<br />

for getting “the right sound”. I remember listening to Tame<br />

Impala and being blown away by the way his record sounded.<br />

Finding out that he produced it all on his own was crazy to me<br />

and super inspiring. An artist who was just as obsessed with the<br />

engineering as the writing resonated with me. I had always been<br />

obsessed with production since high school and hearing Steve<br />

and Kevin definitely inspired some of the sounds on the EP.<br />

24 the deli Winter <strong>2019</strong>

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