Interviste: Greg Rekus

1. Hi Greg, how did your project get born?

Way back in 2010 high five drive my skate punk band came to an end.  I wanted to continue playing music but wasn’t really sure what i was going to do.  a solo act seemed to make the most sense but i didn’t wanna be another guy who bought a black denim jean jacket, grew and beard and now plays acoustic.  it had to me more fun.  more energetic.  more like i am.  that summer i worked sound at a festival and saw a band perform that had a platform with a tambourine attached to it.  it was perfect!  if i could find someone to build one for me i would be the perfect center piece to a rowdy folk punk show!  luckily my room mate was a handy man so after a visit to our local hardware store i was stomping away and trying to figure out how to play the thing.  7 years later i’ve done countless tours across north America and Europe and have played the fest and Pouzza a bunch of times!

2. Tell us about your last studio album “Sibling Cities”.

It was a very hard album to write and record.  a lot of emotion it in.  i was in a bad spot the last few years and it was a huge outlet for a lot of those feelings.  a lot of the songs are very personal in the lyrics.  the music was really fun to record and we recorded with John Paul Peters at private ear in Winnipeg which is where Propagandhi recorded failed states.  the music was tracked in 2 and a half days live off the floor and then the over dubs took a few week.  mid vocal tracking i got a sinus infection and had to take a break for over a month.  in the end it was the right thing to do and i think it’s some of my best singing yet!

3. Which are the bands/artists most influenced your music? 

There are so many and that is a hard question but to name a few mischief brew, Nofx, John Prine, Moneen, The Get up kids

4. Three words to describe your project.

FUN FUN FUN!

5. Three albums to listen at the moment.

Harry Nielson – Greatest hits

The Menzingers – After the Party

Pears – Green Star

6. Three bands to give a listen to.

Burn Burn Burn

Ramona

Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond band

7. Tell us a why we should listen to your new album.

It’s got a full band on it so it’s different than the live experience of my shows.  The songs are catchy and fun and for all fans of love and politics

8. Which song of yours would you make listen to someone who doesn’t know your project?

 …but some animals or person overboard are some personal favs on the new record

9. Please remember your web contacts.

www.gregrekus.com

10. A message for LTMR and its readers.

Go play music!  It’s the best thing i’ve ever done and I’ve met so many rad people because of it.  Even if you dust off that guitar in the closet and only strum a few chords it’s a start

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