For Fans Of: Transit / Man Overboard / Forever Came Calling
Loose Ends have been a long time coming. With drummer/songwriter Andy Rodesney and Kyle Durst writing songs since 2006, the band finally came together last summer and their upcoming EP came to life shortly after. Having now released their debut single, and the first peak at what to expect from Tell God You Were Framed, Andy talks to us about how easily it all came together and more.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Tell us a little about yourself. Where the name came from, how long you’ve been going for and anything else new fans would want to know.
My name is Andy Rodesney, I’m a drummer, songwriter, and all-around creative. I tracked drums for Crooked Teeth’s “Out Here, A Lone” EP and was the drummer for easy core and pop-punk bands called Kid Liberty and Betterluck before that. I called on friends from both KL and BL and one from another to execute this album. I had written these songs over the last ten years and they were just sitting, really. Covid gave us a reason to get it done! The name stems from the unfinished business we felt we left behind in our collective musical and personal endeavors.
Can you recall your very first memory of music?
I can! I grew up in a very musical household with my mother who is a music teacher. I was exposed to a lot of music but my first memory of music that impacted me was Queen’s “Sheer Heart Attack”. It was fast and aggressive and noisy.
“Before we knew it this EP grew legs and had a heartbeat and personality all it’s own.”
Who’s on your wishlist of artists that you’d love to collaborate with and/or open for on tour?
Haha, I have sooo many! Deftones are my favorite band and holy grail to tour/collaborate/hang out with. I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with a lot of my favorites playing with Kid Liberty – Stray From The Path, Acacia Strain, Set Your Goals, Transit, and more! Right now I’d LOVE to play with Seer Believer. I’m obsessed with their approach and sound.
Speaking of live shows, what’s your favourite story from a show so far?
I’ve attended and played so many so I’m not sure I have a favorite, but one of my tops is definitely Glassjaw’s opening set for Deftones in 2000 in Houston. Pitch dark, long feedback and chaotic noise that seemed to go on forever and it just stopped all of a sudden and the intro of Siberian Kiss hit – da da dadadada da… and Daryl Palumbo was airborne screaming so loud. He hit the stage, slid and rolled, and the song went in. I’ve been a massive glassjaw fan since. The energy was just nuclear.
You recently released your first single, ‘Love in Heartache’. What were some of the most fun and also most challenging aspects of recording?
This album was recorded in such a unique way over time and distance. One of my best friends, Kyle Durst stepped up to help and has been refining his engineering game and process, and absolutely crushing it. We’ve been writing songs together in some form or another since like ‘06 so our musical chemistry is pretty butter. We would send ideas via video during covid and he would track some parts and try to structure my ideas a little better. I was in Houston last summer for a few months and we just went for it! Sat down with all these ideas we had shared and polished them up. We didn’t have a drum kit or a room to record them in so we built up all the drum sounds digitally to be massive and feel really big using tones from previously recorded projects or drum packs and samples. We recorded everything ourselves but needed better results from the bass guitar so I went to see my friend and producer Matt Lang (Waterparks, Dance Gavin Dance, Crooked Teeth) in Orlando who came through in fine style. Before we knew it this EP grew legs and had a heartbeat and personality all it’s own. Tones, textures, nuances, etc. The video was plotted and ready to go when we hit some snags with scheduling. We’re all a bit older and have real life things going on. Kyle and his amazing wife Sarah have a daughter on the way, Matt is in Florida making things happen for he and his lady, and Ben is in the medical field with a solid gig in North Texas. Getting is all in one place is not easy. So, I just scheduled the shoot in Houston where I felt we could easily all centralize. Matt was unable to be there so my former bassist of Betterluck and my oldest friend Stephen Kornblit filled in! Shit was a blast. We filmed in my moms house on Mother’s Day hahaha. Happy mother’s day, mom! Can we dismantle your entire living room?
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world) pineapple on pizza?
Pineapple on pizza 100%. It’s great with canadian bacon, but I particularly like it on a supreme or loaded pizza. Anyone that disagrees can pound sand.
Rising to the challenge, Loose Ends have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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