TREVOR ARNHOLT: I play all the drums and horns. We share duties on the guitars, keyboards and singing (I’m using the term liberally). I play kazoo and clarinet, but only for sorority mixers. Aydin is the bassist on all of our tracks.
MT: Between Arnholt doing all the heavy lifting and Say playing the bass, both of you do a lot of other things, like work a day job, and other projects. Where does the band fit in?
AS: We’re both products of what I would consider the golden age of hip-hop (late ’80s/early ’90s) and we both have a common love for heavy funk bands like Fishbone and Urban Dance Squad. As a musician, both funk and hip-hop are super fun and challenging to perform. Mix in punk influences like Fugazi and Bad Brains and you’ve got the recipe for our stylings.
AS: I’ve always loved the Beastie Boys and dig how they bridged music genres. It’s pretty obvious how they’ve influenced our band. As a bassist, I have always been into the guys that kept the bass moving and percussive. Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), Geddy Lee (Rush), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) are just a few to influence me. I’ve always strived to make tones and bass lines that are both rhythm and melody combined. That’s why when I hear a guy like Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE) play, I want to stop what I’m doing, grab my bass and join in on the fun.
TA: Mario Lanza is my guy.
TA: We wanted this album to be all about the music. Our first album, There’s No ‘I’ in Rentals, had a few instrumentals and since we play all the instruments, why not make instrumental album?
TA: In another time, in another space where rock was forged.
TA: Generally, regardless of if the song becomes instrumental or not, it’s first recorded as instrumental. When we listen back to them, we end up making a decision on whether or not to drop lyrics on it. So writing instrumentals isn’t really any more difficult.
AS: Some of the songs we write naturally have enough going on that lyrics wouldn’t improve the song. Plus, it’s hard as hell to sing in key/time and play the stuff we’re playing.
TA: We’ve got a spinoff band called The Lamonts that has a devoted singer (Casey Piquet) and drummers (Adam Moor and Scott Frank). It frees me up to sing and play horns. The Lamonts will be performing after Phys. Ed. Rentals for our CD release party.
images courtesy of Katie Say
Phys. Ed. Rentals with special guests The Lamonts, DJ Boomshot, DJ Del Sol, Chief Wrong Horse, DJ Love and Master of the Universe
Friday, Feb. 13, 9pm
2291 Ka’anapali Pkwy.