Thanks to Erin and Guido of Turtle Recall for hanging out with us in the studio this week!
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FROM THIS SHOW
- The Motions, by FeelFree (Reggae, Alternative Rock)
- DC Tour Company, by Turtle Recall (Rock/Punk)
- Time Bomb, by Bells and Hunters (Rock, Blues Rock)
- Fort Worth Lady, by Human Country Jukebox (Country)
- Vision Hazy, by Matt Tarka (Rock)
Are you a parent? Have a young niece/nephew/cousin? Did you know DC’s local music scene has kid-targeted family friendly music? We caught Rocknoceros at The National Theatre in DC on Sat Jan 20. Picture kids everywhere dancing, mom’s dancing with babies, and even a few dads showing their moves! Everyone was smiling and laughing, it was hard to believe we were in the middle of dc with demonstrations and a government shutdown surrounding us within 2 blocks. Songs we caught included: What Is Your Favorite Animal, I Wish We Used The Metric System, Harry Elephante, and The United States Of America (they named all 50 states). We have a profile for these guys in our DC Artist Database so you can catch them around, they play regularly in the area. We hope you’ll bring the kids and check them out
Our Instagram, @dcmusicrocks, started 6 months later than our facebook, but just surpassed 1000 followers and is about to overtake our facebook presence! On instagram each week, we post pictures of the artists we share on the show and include interesting facts about them. We also share concert shots of artists we’ve featured on the show when we’re at their shows. We’ll keep the good content comin! If you don’t follow us already, we hope you’ll come join the fun! Thanks for making us a part of your instagram!
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THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE
Check the calendar, linked below, for the full list!
Fri Jan 26
-Exnations, My French Roommate, Mystery Friends @ Rock N Roll Hotel on H St in NE
-Justin Trawick Album Release Show @ Pearl Street Warehouse in SW at the Wharf
Sat Jan 27
-Elikeh @ Gypsy Sally’s & Scott Thorn @ Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge in Georgetown
Sun Jan 28
-Venn @ DC9 Nightclub by U St
Tues Jan 30
-Tomato Dodgers @ DC9 Nightclub by U St
Would you support us? We'd love to grow and do more! We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more! We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc. We want to continue to pay it forward!
HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons!
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Turtle Recall's Bio:
Turtle Recall is pop/folk/rock that does mashups and medleys of Top 40, Rock, 90s, oldies, and country. No backing tracks here tho it’s 100% live music and we bring the energy and the party to every show. We have two albums of original music including our own happy birthday song so we never get stuck playing that dirge. Featuring vocal harmonies and electric fiddle atop punk-inspired rhythms is sure to bring the hype.
Housy (john currie’s house) has had so many parties it has it’s own Facebook page and our new drummer Clayton hosts an annual open jam front yard party called Farmaroo that is attended by so many musicians it’s like having a legit cover band playing all day. Farmaroo IX is in May 2018. We are playing Clarendon Grill on New Year’s Eve!
Brian: So, on DC Music Rocks, we're shedding a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. Turtle Recall is a pope ... A pope. It's a pope. No, it's definitely not a pope.
Erin: Could be.
Guido: A religious band.
Brian: Wrong. It is a pop/folk/rock ...
Erin: All the above.
Brian: ... band that does mashups and medleys of top 40 rock, 90s, oldies, and country. There's no backing tracks. It's 100% live music, and they bring so much energy with every party that they do. They've got two albums of original music, including their own Happy Birthday song, which I want to hear one day. I haven't heard that one yet. They feature vocal harmonies, electric fiddle, atop punk-inspired rhythms, which bring some serious hype to every show. I've seen them live, I've seen them do this, and it's phenomenal.
Guido: Oh, thanks.
Brian: So, I've been a fan for a while, and it's freakin' awesome to actually have you guys here. Thanks for doing this.
Erin: Thank you.
Guido: Your show's cool.
Brian: Thanks guys. So now, first, actually let me ... Tell me about the name. Where does Turtle Recall come from?
Guido: I like turtles.
Erin: Well, basically, yeah. We like turtles. I think we ... There's been an inside joke between all of us since high school. Most of us went to high school together, South Lakes High School, in fact.
Brian: Nice, okay.
Erin: Yeah. We were all in different areas of the art wing.
Guido: You were, like, chorus.
Guido: I was the band kid.
Erin: Yeah. Then, Matt was-
Erin: ... orchestra, yeah. I was also in the fine arts. I did actual, you know, painting.
Guido: John-Currie's your theater boy.
Erin: Theater. He's the thespian.
Guido: The theater.
Erin: Yeah. So, we all knew each other in different ways, which was really fun.
Brian: How many of the ... Now, there's six people. Introduce the names and instruments in the band.
Erin: We have John-Currie-
Guido: He plays the bass and sings.
Erin: Yeah. And this was his New Year's resolution, to start this band. So, he gets a lot of credit.
Brian: When was that? What year was that?
Erin: I don't know, two-
Guido: Would've been January 1st, 2009.
Erin: But I was not in the band back then though.
Brian: Got it.
Guido: Yeah, we didn't pick up Matt and Erin until 2010. That's really when the band started.
Erin: Yeah, he suckered me into it later.
Brian: Oh, that's awesome. All right.
Erin: Yeah, and then we have Guido who also does guitar and vocals. We have Matt who we call the talent. He's on fiddle, but he also does sound, he does lights, he created this crazy light board, and he can stomp on it and change the whole vibe of the show whenever he feels like it. And he also does harmonies, so you can tell why we call him talent.
Brian: Get out of here. God, talent, yeah, seriously. Okay.
Erin: We have Sam who does lead guitar.
Guido: And trying to keep his eyes open.
Erin: That's another, yeah, another one of his tasks.
Brian: Okay, we'll stick with guitar then. All right, he's lead guitar, and then there's got to be drums.
Guido: We kind of have a running Spinal Tap joke almost with the drummers in this band. We've easily clipped a baker's dozen, but we're really, really happy playing with Clayton right now. He's a great guy.
Brian: That's awesome. So, Clayton's the current drummer. And then, of course, Erin on lead vocals, and harmonies, and all kinds of magical vocal things, right?
Erin: Vocals, yep. I clap in one song, so I would like to be known for that.
Brian: I've seen you with a tambourine. Some tambourine action.
Guido: She plays a mean tambourine.
Erin: I've been known to tamb-o.
Brian: Nice. I love it. Now wait, where was that ... So, for folks who don't know that school that you mentioned, where is that?
Erin: Reston, Virginia.
Brian: So, you're all local Reston guys.
Brian: Wow, that's amazing.
Erin: Yeah. Can never leave.
Brian: Now, what is it that makes ... If people go see a Turtle show, what makes a Turtle Recall show special from maybe some of the other shows they could catch?
Guido: I mean, I guess I'd have to go back to sort of what you mentioned in the intro. I really think the fact that we do everything live. It's just six people, we're ebbing and flowing tempo-wise as necessary for the feel, we can go to the next thing, and you can just do things that you can't do when you have piped-in music.
Erin: We're also constantly rotating music. We mix up old school stuff, like a lot of classic rock, with the newer pop music. So, it kind of hits every crowd, I think, which is really fun.
Brian: Nice. I mean, I've seen ... They have a medley they do, which I'm inspired-
Erin: We have a couple medleys.
Brian: Well, it's a medley, but it's also, like, 40, 50, 60 minutes, something straight where there's no stopping all the way though.
Guido: I think we're almost up to an hour now, and it probably covers about 30 songs.
Brian: Holy smokes.
Guido: So, I'm not trying to encroach on power hour territory here-
Erin: We're close.
Guido: ... but if you wanted to drink while we change songs, I wouldn't hold it against you.
Brian: Please say that next time you do it. That's actually a really fun drinking game.
Erin: I'm pretty sure Guido did encourage that at the last show.
Brian: Yeah? Okay. That's amazing. I love that idea. All right, so now, you guys have a lot of fun, and you know each other. So, talk about funniest moment that comes to mind with Turtle.
Erin: Funniest moment?
Guido: Yeah, I think I got a good one for this one.
Erin: Go for it, go for it.
Guido: I believe it was at Level X Lounge. I don't even know if it's called that anymore. That's up on U Street. So, they had a movie on. It was probably a Cinemax movie or something. That movie ended, and they were still projecting that channel on the wall. We were playing, I think it was Magic, you know, that B.o.B song with Rivers on the-
Brian: Nice, okay.
Guido: Well, let's just say, Cinemax turns to other forms of entertainment at that time of night.
Brian: So, you were playing the soundtrack to a very interesting display on the screen? No way.
Guido: Particularly, you know, not-
Guido: ... just not the right song for, you know.
Erin: It definitely changed the vibe of the whole thing.
Guido: But I didn't even know it was happening at the time. Our friend had a video of us, and he kind of just panned to the left to it.
Brian: Oh man, that's amazing.
Guido: I saw it the next day.
Brian: Little did you know, you guys became a backing band for incredible cinema experience? That's awesome.
Erin: Yeah, I've always wanted to be famous for something like that, so I feel like we checked it off the list, you know?
Brian: That's awesome. What about you guys on a personal side? So, outside of this music thing, what do you guys do? Are you hobbies? What do you do outside of that?
Guido: Can I be, like, super DC right now because this is what I do with all of my free time. This is what I do to have fun. What I do during the day is I work for the Department of Energy.
Guido: So, we can be super DC and, "What do you do for a living?"
Brian: Got it.
Erin: I think I just fell asleep.
Brian: Oh, okay. All right. So, there's Department of Energy during the day, and then there's all this music stuff. And speaking of all this music stuff, share the other bands because you're in some other bands now.
Erin: I think there's seven now? Guido, are there seven?
Brian: Seven? Stop it, Jesus.
Guido: You know, I'm kind of getting a lot of flack for this, you know. I may be on the easy side.
Erin: But we love him the most. So, let that be known.
Brian: All right. We'll share him then. What do you got?
Guido: But I'm really excited about a new project I'm starting with Casey, formerly of Tempercrush, called Boayt, B-O-A-Y-T. We don't really have anything up yet, but look out because we've got, like, a discord feel coming.
Brian: Oh, nice.
Erin: Look out.
Guido: It's along the high-energy vibe-
Brian: Got it.
Guido: ... again.
Brian: And then I know there's Bells and Hunters too. We're going to play one of those songs coming up, so you get to taste that.
Guido: Bells and Hunters is, like, second band family. I mean, I just love everyone, and that band is such a good group of friends.
Brian: That's awesome.
Erin: I can vouch for them all too. They're all great.
Brian: That's amazing. What about you, Erin?
Erin: Oh, I don't do much. No, I have a pretty big family, so I try to prioritize them. They all live back in the area now. I have a couple of nieces.
Brian: When you say "pretty big family" and "they all", how many people are we talking?
Erin: I have four siblings, and a mom.
Brian: Four siblings including you, or that means five kids altogether?
Erin: No, five total.
Brian: Wow, okay.
Erin: We're all musical, so we all like to sing together.
Brian: Oh, that's adorable.
Erin: We've been singing together since we were little. But I try to hang out with them as much as I can. I also have a small business of my own doing marketing, and websites, and graphics, and stuff like that. So, it's an aside.
Brian: Nice, yeah, I know man, it's like-
Erin: I ride my bike, you know. I'm really cool, so I just want everyone to know.
Brian: I was going to say, speaking of all this stuff you're sharing, you do sound pretty freakin' cool, I got to say.
Erin: I'm super cool.
Brian: I love it. And this marketing thing on the side, if people want to know about that, do you want to share that, or is that-
Erin: Sure. I guess I've never advertised for it before, it's all been word of mouth, and it's just been really fun for me. I mean, you could go to eringirardi.com if you want.
Erin: I've never said that out loud before, but it's a thing.
Brian: That's Erin, E-R-I-N, and Girardi is G-I-R-A-
Brian: There it is.
Erin: Dot com.
Brian: Eringirardi.com. Check it out. Check her out.
Erin: I'm impressed that you even got most of the way there.
Brian: I feel cool now, thanks.
Erin: You are very cool.
Brian: I appreciate it. All right. Now, what about ... One of my favorite questions to ask on these interviews is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be? From both of you guys.
Erin: Oh, man. I know Guido has better advice than I do. Be nice to people. That's my advice.
Brian: Be nice? Say more on that. Where does that come from?
Erin: No, it's hard. Are you talking about being in a band? Is that what your advice-
Brian: It's up to you. You can answer however you like.
Erin: It's hard. Everyone knows being in a band is hard. Creative people are very emotionally attached to the things they're doing, so it's cool to get a bunch of impassioned people in the same room working on a project, but sometimes, hard conversations have to be had. So, going into it knowing to be open-minded, and listen, and be gentle when you're talking about someone else's art I think is important.
Brian: God, so true. So true. I like it. All right, be nice. What do you got, Guido?
Guido: I would ... Maybe preaching to the choir with this audience, but go out and see your friends' shows. Go see strangers' shows. It's always really fun, and it's really inspiring to see what other people are doing. We just had ... I didn't know you were going until I saw you there, but we just saw Juxt last Thursday at Union Stage-
Erin: True, and they rule.
Guido: ... and master class in stage performance.
Erin: Yeah, they were awesome.
Erin: There was some rolling around on the ground, I mean.
Brian: Oh, excellent. Any time it goes all the way to the ground, you know that's just-
Erin: There was a jumpsuit involved.
Guido: And you know roXplosion caught it.
Brian: Of course, there's going to be pictures.
Erin: And those pictures were pretty awesome.
Brian: And if you don't know who they're talking about, roXplosion is a photographer in the scene. He takes some of the best photos, and he actually was one of the first DC Music Rocks episodes. So, you can go back in the archives to one of the very first episodes-
Erin: Aw, Alec.
Guido: Number one.
Brian: ... and catch an interview with him because he is an awesome dude.
Erin: Such a winner.
Brian: We love roXplosion. That is it. All right, now, last little bit here. If they want to find out more about Turtle Recall and follow what you're doing, and where do they find this information?
Brian: Nice. And if you're on the social medias, what is it?
Erin: We are Turtle Recall Music probably on all of them.
Brian: All of them. Excellent.