“British rock invasion meets modern rock” is how the Research Turtles were described to me. “That sounds interesting enough,” I thought, “but do these guys really have the goods, or something unique in their sound, that will catch my ear and the ears of rock music fans worldwide?” I wasn’t sure, but I headed over to their MySpace page anyways to listen to some sound clips and to begin to form an opinion on these guys. Well, after listening to just a few clips I had heard enough—“I’ll write about them!” I excitedly told my editor.
The Research Turtles were then kind enough to send me their album to listen to prior to interviewing lead singer, and founder, Jud Norman. One listen through the CD, at a loud volume, and I was completely hooked! I had catchy song melodies and crunching guitars going through my head all day! The CD has been played in my car almost daily since I got it.
It is with great excitement that I share with you some of the highlights of my conversation with Jud.
RRR: First of all, I just want to let you guys know how much I love your sound! It is very catchy music with a great blend of melodies, harmonies, and crunching guitars…
JN: Thanks man! We really appreciate that, and appreciate your interest in our music!
RRR: One of the first questions I have to ask you is where and how did you come up with “The Research Turtles”?
JN: Well, it took a lot of time and we had a lot of fights over it! [laughs] But we actually took the name from a line in a Wes Anderson movie, “The Life Aquatic”. His movies have had a huge influence on all of us, especially musically. He’s turned us on to a lot of great artists like David Bowie, The Kinks, and The Stooges.