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A Dirty Dozen with FALLEN ROADS – February 2020

| 5 February 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Luke Rhodes makes music that delves deeply into universal emotions. With the help of a talented team of collaborators and recording under the aegis of Fallen Roads, he offers an insightful new single titled “Where She Goes,” a song that examines the insecurities and the tangled communication that often accompanies human relationships with all their confusion and complexity. Due for release on February 7, 2020, “Where She Goes” delivers an emphatic blend of blues and rock that adds a special urgency to the scenario described in the song. It finds the narrator wondering what’s transpired when suddenly, in the midst of a special moment, he says something he thought was absolutely innocuous but which was apparently wrong. It then causes his girlfriend to leave without warning.”  We get Luke to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

I think the loneliness and isolation that the woman in the song is feeling might be lost at first. The narrator (myself) is obviously feeling some kind of way: alone, confused, and insecure. But the woman I’m singing about is in a really bad place, and there’s no one she shares that burden with. At least I’ve got music, and therefore my audience, to share it with.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

My father was ALWAYS playing music in the house, the majority of which was one of three things: Classical, Motown, or Creedence Clearwater Revival. Interesting mix, I know. My mom was a 90’s country superfan, not so much for the “music,” but the storytelling really spoke to her. When you grow up in a rural area, home-schooled, and surrounded by music like that… It really becomes a big part of who you are. I started playing piano back when I was something like 7 years old. I wish I could say it was love at first sight, but man I hated it the first year. But then one day, something started to click, and I couldn’t stop playing. Then in my teens I started to dabble with writing songs and after that, while I put down from time to time, it’d always creep back in. There’d be years that went by, as I chased other things in life: career, love, or whatever it is I felt I “should” be doing, but I’d always come back to that damn rickety ass piano. What was a real “turning point” for me though was probably about 9 years ago now. Like how many of these things start, I had a HUGE crush on a girl. I knew of this particular song she loved (Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek,” for the record), and so I was determined to learn how to play it and win her over. I’d had that piano sitting in my grandfathers garage for years, but I got a few friends (you know they’re real friends when they help you move a freakin’ piano), and we hauled that thing back to my house. Long story short: she didn’t work out, but I RE-fell in love with that piano, and making music… And now here we are.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

I’ve gone through many passionate love affairs with different bands, styles, genres, but I have to say I always come back to my foundational music. Just last weekend my girlfriend and I was lying in bed, listening to CCR’s greatest hits. Nothing beats it. Well, maybe RATM and Zeppelin, but other than THAT… I’d kill to see Zeppelin, and I WILL see Rage this year somewhere!

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Creedence Clearwater Revival, Awolnation, Hozier, NIN, and The Black Keys.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

I’m going to cheat on this one a little bit. Person to co-write a song with? Probably Dan Wilson. Semisonic was one of my first loves in my teens, and the first true concert I think I’d ever been to. He’s a great writer, and his hits span country, pop, and rock. He also signed my tits once. Cool guy. As far as producers, I’d love to work with Trent Reznor (of course), and Marcos Ortega (aka – Lorn). Trent is a legend, and Lorn has great sound design and style.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

That’s always a tough one! I like to think a mixture of my influences: electronic blues rock with a hint of country. But the longer I make music, the more I realize that’s all part of the journey. You may THINK you’re one thing, but really only time and your music will tell. The comparison that I actually laugh about, yet still disagree with, is one consistently made by a good friend who used to play bass in the band. We played a show one night, after which he asked one of his buddies in the crowd what they thought. Apparently the guy said I sound “like Reba McEntire” and so my buddy loves to whip that one out whenever he gets the chance. However, the joke is on him: Reba McEntire is fucking fantastic, so thank you.

7.When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Currently, it’s just me man, so I do all the drinking singing and cooking…. Just kidding, I don’t cook. Got a great taco joint right by the studio, so that’s where you’ll find me if the hunger kicks.

8. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

Dan Wilson when I saw him playing a solo show up in DC. After the show I asked him to sign my tits (and. HE. DID.). Got the picture to prove it too, you can see it on my Instagram, haha.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

Creating something that’s entirely your own. Then taking it to other people who believe in it to help make it something even better than you envisioned it. Dude, I’ll never stop making music. You could cut off my arms and legs and I’d be singing or learn to beatbox or something.

10.What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

Ha! I haven’t had enough interviews yet in my career to warrant being tired of anything, and if I ever do get to that point, maybe I’ll need to take a break. It’s a beautiful thing to have people want to talk to you about your music.

11.Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I used to think about this kind of thing a lot, but honestly, at this point I’m happy for all the missteps, mixups, fuckups, slipups, and fall downs. They make me what I am, and without them, I’d never have written half the songs I have. That’s where all your material comes from, after all. I’m sure I’ll fall down a hundred more times, and hopefully I’ll get as many songs out of it!

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

There are SO many great records out there that I’d love to be a fly on the wall for, but probably the eponymous Rage Against The Machine album. The raw energy and excitement that had to go into making that… My god.




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