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Regina Band Interview Series: Rah Rah

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. /© Chris Graham Photo 2014
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. /© Chris Graham Photo 2014

These champs are currently killin’ it on tour

Rah, rah, rah! Oh, wait. Nope. It’s just Rah Rah: Regina’s local Alternative band made up of Erin Passmore (drums, vocals, keyboard, bass), Kristina Hedlund (violin, accordion, keyboard, vocals), Joel Passmore (bass, vocals), Marshall Burns (guitar, vocals), Leif Thorseth (guitar), Jeff Romanyk (drums, keyboard, guitar), and Dan Crozier (guitar).

Rah Rah will tour across Canada and dip into the United States in October and November with their Juno nominated album The Poet’s Dead.

            Both Marshall Burns and Erin Passmore gave me some sick answers to some sick questions in this latest edition of the Regina Band Interview Series. Read on, people. Read on.

What first got you interested in music?

Marshall Burns: My parents.

Erin Passmore: My parents and my siblings.

How did your band get into the music industry?

MB: We started playing and touring as much as possible and had a lot of great people believe in us along the way.

What are your future goals as a band?

MB: To keep making records we’re proud of and performing at the highest level we can.

What is the meaning of life? 

MB: To play music with my friends and hang out with my girlfriend and her dog.

What is your definition of true love?

EP: To play music with friends and play video games with my future husband! Oh! And grilled cheese.

Do you prefer reading fiction or non-fiction books? 

 

MB: Mostly non-fiction.

EP: I LOVE historical non-fiction and biographies, but you have to balance it with some well-written fiction. Or just comic books.

Which superhero do you look up to the most?

MB: My nana.

 

If you could eliminate one of the 10 commandments out of the Bible, which one would you eliminate?

 

EP: Isn’t there one about not eating grilled cheese? That one.

What are your greatest failures?

EP: Interrupting people! Being so lazy!

What are your greatest successes?

MB: Having surrounded myself with a great community of friends.

Do you like cats?

MB: I like some cats.

Who are your favourite sports teams?

MB: Habs, Pats, Blue Jays, and Expos, but curling is my favourite sport.

Which musicians inspire you the most?

EP: For me, Kathleen Edwards.

Would you like your life to end with a fairy tale ending or a tragic ending?

MB: Hopefully I’ll feel accomplished in some way, will feel loved, and will still have my wits about me. The rest is irrelevant.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

MB: Conservatives.

If you could go back in time historically and punch anybody you wanted to with no consequences, who would you punch?

MB: Stephen Harper.

EP: Peter MacKay.

What are your favourite ice cream flavours?

MB: Butter Rum.

EP: Coconut!

Why is the sky blue?

MB: Can’t you find the answer to that on Wikipedia?

What physical aspects of yourself are you most proud of?

EP: None!

What areas of life do you take the most pride in?

EP: Me and my fiancée’s family.

Which historical event do you wish never happened?

MB: All violence against women and any and all genocides.

EP: I’d start with the École Polytechnique Massacre.

There ya go champs! We now know two of Rah Rah’s finest musicians a little better. Yay for cats, ice cream, and, most of all, music. Sadly, this fine crew will not perform in Regina. So, if you want to see them in person, your best bet is to just stalk them across Canada…and into the States…have fun crossing the border.

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