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Almost A Dirty Dozen with BETWEEN THE RAIN – July 2020


According to a recent press release: “Between the Rain is an American post-grunge/hard rock band formed in New York City. With band name and logo conceived, singer/guitarist Tim Donlon left the Detroit area in search of like-minded musicians, eventually landing in Brooklyn, New York, where he merged with bassist Victoria Rothman. After relocating to the Hudson Valley region in 2014, Between the Rain set out once again to find their third leg. Drummer Roger “Roddy” Marchant joined the band in early 2019, giving the band a new energy and potent dynamic.” We get the band 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 you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

There are two tracks on our latest release — one aggressive end to end and one that works its way into a musical thunderstorm. In terms of giving fans someone extra on the second or third listen, listen closely to Fox’s bass line…killer!!

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

Roddy: I first got into music because I wanted to follow in my brothers footsteps, then after my first concert, Alice Cooper, I was hooked!

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

Roddy: Rush’s Moving Pictures changed everything for me

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Roddy: Neil Peart, John Bonham, Mike Portnoy, Phil Collins, and Les Binks.

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

Roddy: Bob Rock – no explanation needed!

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?

Tim: Our music is loud and dynamic; melodic hard rock. I can think of a review where someone made a comparison between our music and Avenged Sevenfold. I simply don’t see any similarities. I also disagree with the comparison to Smashing Pumpkins – awesome bands, very different sounds!

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

Tim: Luckily, we all know how to cook. Victoria would be the one getting the bottles, and I would be the one fishing out the guitars to try out some songs. Roddy would opt for takeout and provide the H20.

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

Roddy: Brann Dailor — I met him after a Mastodon, Coheed and Cambria, and As I Lay Dying show!

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?

Roddy: Freedom, escape, camaraderie. If I couldn’t play drums, I would do Auto Restorations.

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?

Tim: I guess it would be a guitarist whose style I identify with. The answer is Dean DeLeo from Stone Temple Pilots. And I haven’t heard a question enough to be tired of answering, I think!

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?

Tim: I suppose I would like to have recorded with producers that specialize in our SPECIFIC style instead of a general knowledge. Every recording session is different, though.



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