This week we bring you more fun and loud rock and roll meant to be played at high volume amongst friends and assorted alcoholic beverages. Make sure you crank it and get those winter window panes rattling ASAP!
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This week’s Band of the Week is Portland, Oregon’s Hemmit. We talked to the band about Portland’s music scene, their plans for the future and the essential elements of great rock and roll.
RRR: How did the band start and who are the members?
Keith Fleming: Drums, bass, vox
Adam Rohosy: Guitar, vox
Oskar Rohosy: Bass, vox
Keith: Adam founded the band as a solo project in 2004 when he recorded ‘What You See (Is What You Get).
Oszkar: What about me? I was on it too.
Keith: They found me though a Craigslist ad (where else) and our practice space for the first couple of years was in the basement of Portland’s “School of Rock”, so the energy was perfect.
Adam: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that we, Hemmit, were to carry Excalibur. THAT is why Hemmit is your your King.
RRR: Your bio refers to hemmit as “punkish Powerpop.” I like that term. What musical influences have shaped the band?
Adam: Really? I thought we were more altpowercore metalpop. Hemmit is my musical influence, and William Shatner.
Keith: I like the balls-out energy of punk combined with hooky powerpop melodies. The Ramones, The Hives, The Vines, Matthew Sweet, Bob Mould/Sugar, Superdrag – if it has a loud guitar and a melody, I like it. I wrote the tunes for this album, and brought them into practice for a thumbs up/thumbs down. Adam is a great producer, and most of his feedback was “it needs to be faster”. And he was right!
Oszkar: For influences, anybody that gave me goosebumps listening to them as a kid.