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October means different things for different people; for some it’s the start of a semi-short opportunity to ingest mass amounts of pumpkin-spice-everything, for others it’s about embarking on the annual challenge to construct a creatively slutty Halloween costume. For me, it’s always been more about the slasher movies and ghost stories. As a result, I’d originally planned this interview with The Rosebuds (Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp-who are playing RNR Hotel tonight) to be a bit like an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories, only much less boring; aside from hearing a spooky story or five, I wanted to find out the duo’s take on what would happen if you put the Loch Ness monster in the Bermuda Triangle, discuss their metaphorical Freddy Kruegers (i.e., problems or things you think you’ve vanquished but that keep coming back…for me it’s my roommate’s cat and/or LinkedIn invites…), and find out their survival strategy ideas for if zombies actually turned out to be real. Alas, the end result turned out slightly less demented.

However, I was able to briefly catch up with Kelly to discuss real-life fears like stage fright, as well as the band’s plans for the future, which I like to imagine were determined using a crystal ball, tea leaves, and/or the help of Sylvia Browne. So, I invite you to step into this invisible time machine set to last week for a little chat with one half of The Rosebuds:

Do you get stage fright at all?
We’re comfortable on stage; we get stage excitement now. We used to get stage fright a lot, but now we get that nervous excitement. Being able to go on stage is exciting, you know?

And so because certain songs are so personal for you, is it difficult to perform those in a live setting?
Yeah, I mean sometimes. Yeah, it can be. In the beginning I was really afraid about how we were going to handle that, and I think the way we’ve decided to handle it is just to let the live show go the where it needs to go, even if it gets emotional. But for the most part it seems like we are able to handle it, and if it’s overwhelming sometimes we just respect that. That’s part of the process. And it’s taken us a long time to figure out that bit of wisdom about it, but that’s where we are right now with it.

Now your most recent album…what was the easiest thing about writing it and what was the most difficult or scariest aspect of embarking on such a personal journey writing and recording?

Well, we didn’t intend to embark on a personal journey at all, ever. That would have been off-limits. It would have been awful for us to think about trying to attempt to do what we actually did. We never would have made the record. These songs came up in the making of the record in a way we didn’t foresee happening. We definitely did not have this planned. At all.

And so what is the writing process typically like for you guys?
It’s always different in our band, but typically…usually Ivan has the melody and I have the lyrics, or he’ll have a rough draft of the lyrics and I’ll have a melody idea…I don’t know, it’s really…traditionally we’ve always brought parts to the song-writing process. So like, usually it’s Ivan bringing in the song, or the melody of the song, having the idea for the song, and me doing the lyrics. And on this record, it was completely different. We had all this collaboration all the way through, to the point where in the studio we were operating together on everything. And invention between us was really new. It was really exciting to do it that way.

You’ve managed to get through some pretty difficult situations as a band; do you have any advice for aspiring musicians? Anything you wish someone had told you?
You should listen to yourself. No matter what it is, your instincts are probably the right thing for you to do as an artist or musician. And that’s something we always protected in us, and whenever we acted against it, whenever we acted against our intuitions, it was always kind of a trap or dead end. It was rougher for us to deal with than if we would have just, you know, followed our intuitions. As simple as that sounds, you know, you need someone to encourage you to just do what you want to do. What you want to do is always the right thing to do. Because when you’re in this career, you’re making this up. Every minute is different. From the second you decide to be in a creative endeavor, there’s no way to script it. There’s no secret formula for success. It’s just hard work and following your intuition.

What’s coming up on the agenda for you guys aside from tour dates?
Man, we have all different kinds of things planned. I have lots of exciting things I want to do when we finish touring. We want to record, we have all these ideas we want to do together for new music. You know, we were just talking like, Christmas songs and then another EP and, you know, then another record, and all of these things we want to do, but we’re so focused on trying to stay excited about this tour and not get too excited about what’s going to happen after it. Because we still have a little ways to go, and then we go to Paris for the Pitchfork Festival. So until we get home from that, or I guess I should say WHEN we come home from that it’s going to be time to work on some new music for us.

BONUS: WE HAVE A SIGNED VINYL COPY OF THEIR  NEW “loud planes fly low” RECORD. COMMENT BELOW TELLING US WHY YOU LOVE THE ROSEBUDS FOR A CHANCE TO WIN. We’ll notify the winner by Monday.

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