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LAist Interview: David Sandholm of The Rollo Treadway

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Every so often you come across a CD so good that you enjoy every track—and this discovery is made even more precious when you find it before it's played on KCRW or included on a Paste sampler CD. For me, The Rollo Treadway is such a band. Their self-titled CD blends dark and melodic pop with surprising lyrics and a Beach-Boys-meets-The Zombies vibe.

Although they haven't nailed down their LA tour dates yet, we figured LAist readers might appreciate getting to know them before they come to town. We recently spoke with The Rollo Treadway lead singer and songwriter David Sandholm to get the scoop on their self-titled debut CD, the songwriting process and what he's looking forward to when the band comes to LA.

LAist: What is your musical background?

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I come from a very unmusical family as far as my parents go, although I do remember my grandfather on my dad's side had a bunch of harmonicas. He was very protective of his instruments. If you wanted to play one—I don't know if it was a germ issue or what—he'd go out and buy you one, but he wouldn't let you play his. (laughs)

I didn't really have any music growing up. It wasn't until high school that I got into it. My parents would listen to doo-wop and the Cats soundtrack and Barry Manilow's Greatest Hits. I kind of like doo-wop now, but I associated it with Cats and Barry Manilow for a long time.

Also, when I was really young, I had a Dr. Seuss record, and I think that was a really big influence—the background music is still lodged in my brain. And I had a K-tel record called Dumb Ditties that was all novelty songs. So those were the two records I had until high school, and then I got into the Beatles and stuff like that.

The Rollo Treadway - "Kidnapped"