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One Night Band Crush: Martin Rex

August 14, 2009

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Martin Rex led the legendary Boston drone rock band Lockgroove with his twin brother Ryan Rex from 1998 until 2006. He now lends his considerable drumming talents to the excellent bands Broken River Prophet and Ghost Box Orchestra. He’s super handsome, and can lift 100 pounds right over his head with minimal effort.

BBC: What Boston rockers, past or present, would you most like to have a One Night Band with?
MR: I assume this is dream scenario. The Boston rockers that pop to mind as particularly awesome are Mark Sandman (Morphine), Damon Tatunjiun (Swirlies), Greg Hawkes (Cars), anyone from the Pixies. I’m sure I’m forgetting thousands of great musicians. Conan from the band Baker (now Frosty Pines) is a really great Boston bassist that I currently admire – he plays witty melodic basslines that have actual thought put into them, and is a really good pop songwriter, and I mean “pop” in the admirable sense. So I would like to add him as a bassist, if that is ok with you all.

BBC: What Boston rockers, past or present, would you most fear having a One Night Band with?
MR: Aerosmith, because I really hate their music, but I’m sort of a kiss-ass, so I’d probably go on and on to their faces about what an honor it is to have the lucky opportunity to play with such brilliant legends.

BBC: What is your normal song or part writing process? Will writing three songs in a single day drastically differ from your usual approach to creating music?
MR: As a drummer, I am usually in a position of writing the drum part and helping arrange the song ideas that come from the main songwriter in the band, usually the singer-guitarist. My goal is not usually to write a drum part that stands out, but to work around the singer’s lyrics and phrasing and try to apply drum fills in unique locations within the song that have a little bit of originality to them. It works all different ways, but I think any band would tell you that writing 3 songs in a single day is drastically different from their usual routine. Some songwriters wait months for inspiration on a single song. Lazy sons of bitches.

BBC: What Boston band do you have the biggest crush on right now?
MR: I really liked Arms and Sleepers when I saw them recently, they were great.

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