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For a little history of how and why on the band; When Jeremy was about to give up music after a decade of being a local music scene legend, suddenly Kenny came into the picture and saved the day. (The Lord works in truly mysterious ways) They realized they had a world of things in common, but most importantly they were both in need of a positive and fulfilling musical outlet. And thus was the conception of Retro Ink Rain.
For those curious about the name; Kenny and Jeremy made a list of 6 names and rolled a dice to eliminate names until there was only one left on the list. Fate, it seemed, was determined to see the band called Retro Ink Rain.
After a name had been selected, they went to work on a singer. And since a versatile, creative, and powerful yet sensitive singer would be needed, there was only one name that fit the bill; Heidi Hamilton. So upon Heidi's joining, the search began for a bass player. It wasn't long that Bailey Webster came calling and it was obvious from the beginning that she was perfect for this band. So Bailey got the gig and Retro was now a complete unit, ready for action.
We're all in our late teens and early twenties, so we were all brought into the world of music on early 90's alternative music. But beyond that factor lies a truly diverse set of influences that have a big impact on our "ensemble sound". (Thanks Willy D)
Starting from the "bottom" up Jeremy's main inspiration comes from Dave Grohl and Lars Ulrich, which would explain all those broken drums heads and sticks and such. His style ties together the heavy-hitting approach of the above mentioned, with the deep, funky grooves of Cylde Stubblefield and Chad Smith. His affinity for combining percussion and drumset make for some very colorful rhythms. Never being one to stay content where he is musically, Jeremy has also picked up on the harmonica. You'll soon be hearing some of his blues harp work in a few of our songs.
Bailey's most apparent influence comes from her love of Zeppelin. Listening to her smooth basslines and the funky grooves she lays down with Jeremy clearly reflect the touch of the master; John Paul Jones. Building on that base, her more melodic approach to some tunes belies her love of Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead. And having recently began to work on her slap playing, she has began to study the work of Les Claypool and of course, the Chilli Peppers.
Special K leans towards Oasis for his acoustic-tinged ballads and his more mellow-sounding work. But from there's it's on to Metallica, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, and 7th Sign. He's starting to become a big SRV fan, (Who can't with Jeremy playing his work 24/7 ??) and he's also recently stumbled onto the songwriting genius of Live.
And last, but definately not least is Heidi. Being a hard-core pop/ska fan until she met Jeremy, Heidi has a definite energy and pep to her singing. She's since turned her attention to the slightly more soulful songwriters like Glenn Kaiser, Caedmon's Call, and Burlap to Cashmere. She's also been getting back to the early 90's alternative to re-discover the raw energy and power of Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell, and Jamie Patterson.
So with all these infulences mixed up into one band, you get an idea of why our songs tend to be so diverse in style. It's not that we can't make up our minds on what we want to sound like, we just like to explore a lot of different sounds.
The band was last seen polishing the details of their live performance. They've also recently started pre-production work for their debut album.
**Special news update** Retro now has it's own mailing list with listbot. So if you'd like to keep up on all the news in the world of Reto Ink Rain, click on the "Other Homepage" link at the top of the page to join our mailing list.
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