INTERVIEW - 'Wide Eyes/Alien Ocean' - The Rashita Joneses

By Steph Baghai

We're very stoked to premiere The Rashita Joneses 7" split single 'Wide Eyes/Alien Ocean'. The single captures the bona fide spirit of classic rock and roll and immersing sub-aquatic tones found in early surf rock. The double single features a two sided contrast that headlines gritty psych rock with 'Wide Eyes' and a subdued, rhythmic flow with 'Alien Ocean' reminiscent of Burger Records and Goner. Their true-to-garage rock style takes a spin on softer melodies and hypnotic beat and the foil variety is a solid example of their take on headbanging rock and roll. The guys explained it best themselves, "It's like surf-rock without the beach or sun, translated with a bit of a harder edge but all the stuck-in-your-headness, that is the current garage-rock renaissance".

Like all of their previous works, the split single was produced completely in-house. With small converted speakers, old telephones, and complete production control, the band was able to develop the grungy, lo-fi, organic disheveled sound.

With 3 separate tour releases and an upcoming tour this July, Milwaukee-based The Rashita Joneses have been keeping very busy. Remaining consistent throughout the Midwestern region, the DIY trio have developed a solid following. After Tasty Tapes' (their label) successful inaugural festival, Tasty Fest, they're presence continues to grow. We were able to squeeze in a little chat with the dudes about the release. 

WHAT WAS THE BEST PART RECORDING THE 7''?

Antiquing! Since we never thought these tunes we goin to see the light of day, we made these demo's as lo-fi as we could.  We got a buncha old 70's telephones and small speakers make some cheap ol scratchy mics out of them, and threw most of the tracks onto cassette tape for some color.  So, it was mostly to have a creative getaway and record some goofy songs while dealing with other creative avenues and big boy obligations.

WHO DID THE ART FOR THE RELEASE?

Jeff G stayed up for 3 nights in a row, nourished only by cosmic brownies, beef jerky, and cheep beer, he locked himself into our new rehearsal space until it was finished.

WERE THERE ANY SURPRISES DURING THE PROCESS?

Nah. There were no expectations from the start for these to ever be a thang. So the chill manner we took it in was so chill that we didn't have to have no chill about it. We keep it trill. We find that some times we just feel like Arthur!

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO WITH THE RELEASE?

TOUR! And boi do we have a doozie of a double-feature music video coming in a few days. Also Jeff G is excited for no showers, tour life tradition, brah.

DO YOU THINK THE RECORDING PROCESS HAS ANY AFFECT ON YOUR SOUND - HAS IT CHANGED AT ALL?

Awe hell yas. This thing was the most non-legit production we could imagine. The low budget scrambles do create a cool sound, but we don't strive to do that with every thing we work on.

HOW DID YOU GUYS STICK TO YOUR DIY ROOTS AS YOU CONTINUE TO GROW?

We don't wanna give up the fun parts! These two tracks are self-recorded, promoted on a self-booked tour, and we even have a huge hand in the manufacturing of the physical 8'" lathe cuts. We also regularly manufacture t-shirts, cassette tapes, stickers, all kinds of stuff to keep it fresh and fun.

WITH 3 SEPARATE TOUR RELEASES YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN PRETTY BUSY, WHATS THE CRAZIEST THING THAT'S HAPPENED ON TOUR?

We adopted a dog for all of about 5 minutes. Someone just kinda came up to us after our set and was like "I found this dog in the street, do you wanna take care her?" So Phil named her Boogers and she was so stoked on it. We fed her a hot dog and then someone came over to pet the cute outa her and then they asked if they could take her. So yeah, we hope Boogers is taking it easy on some beach sipin on that scrilla.

WHEN CAN WE EXPECT TO HEAR MORE FROM RASHITA?

As soon as we get back from tour, we begin recording a brand new full-length. Should be a real production this time, but no guarantees.

CONGRATS ON TASTY FEST. ARE YOU GUYS PLANNING ON ORGANIZING IT AGAIN?

It's still so fresh i don't think we know yet! If we do, we'll need a bigger team (haha). We'll see what the future holds!