Rick Rude Talks Continued Musical Evolution

Rick Rude has taken on many different forms since forming in 2012. They don’t plan to stop evolving anytime soon.

Named for the pro wrestler “Ravishing” Rick Rude, the four-piece is comprised of Ben Troy on guitar, Noah Lefebvre on guitar, vocals and and Ryan Harrison on drums. Inspired by bands like Parquet Courts and Bunny’s A Swine, their sophomore album Verb for Dreaming is a collection of earworms waiting to happen, with ‘90s grunge melodies mixing with catchy choruses and driving percussion.

The two singles provide two very different sides to the album. “Dough Nation” is a fast and upbeat song encouraging listeners to create happiness where they wouldn’t normally find it. “Slow Cooker” is slower, with experimental guitar distortion and lyrics about fighting to be creative.

Read the interview with Rick Rude below.

BTRtoday (BTR): Where did Rick Rude come from?

Jordan Holtz (JH): Arbitrarily discussing band names, while watching the 50 greatest finishing moves in wrestling, Rick Rude became a favorite. The name is a nod to the moment of naming the band, as well as a nod to Ryan’s die-hard love of wrestling.

BTR: I love how different its singles are, “Dough Nation” and “Slow Cooker” are both melodic and catchy but still have a life of their own. Do they have any specific or real-life influences?

JH: “Doughnation” is a nod musically to Bunny’s A Swine. It’s about creating happiness in a space where it doesn’t necessarily come naturally and the hopes that the happiness becomes contagious so the happiness creates more happiness.

“Slow Cooker” is influenced by Parquet Courts and Quilt. We’re trying to encouraging concentration for people trying to be creative. Distractions keep progress at bay and it’s important to fight them.

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BTR: How long have you guys been playing as Rick Rude together? Has your sound evolved over the years?

JH: We began playing loosely in the winter 2012 as a three-piece and were fully formed by May of 2013. We had a trombonist in the beginning and we played instrumental slacker jams. Over the years, we gradually peppered in lyrics, added more structure and started focusing more on songwriting. Each production we’ve released has evolved with our friendships and the comfort we’ve gained with each other over time.

BTR: What’s your favorite thing about playing live?

JH: The energy that comes from playing live is a beautiful thing with magical healing powers. We all benefit as individuals as well as friends. The opportunity to completely let loose and have as much fun with each other as possible is a huge benefit.

BTR: What does Rick Rude have in store for the future?

JH: Our current future is focused more on writing, finding the time and space to practice and write on a normal basis. It will be a “getting back to the basics” sort of thing.