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The LAist Interview: Something For Rockets

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We here at LAist are always on the prowl for L.A.’s hottest new up and coming indie rock bands, and Something For Rockets just may be next. This hip, eclectic musical threesome features Rami Perlman, son of legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman, on lead vocals, Josh Eichenbaum on keyboards, and Barry Davis on the skins. LAist is a big fan of their first full length self-titled album, and we’d like to take this opportunity to pass on the good word.

A wildly original band, MTV, The Los Angeles Times, and the Los Angeles Daily News have all recently run features, and this Monday night the boys conclude their month-long residency at Spaceland. LAist sat down with the band to find out why Something For Rockets has just about Something for Everyone...

1. Band details: Age/Instruments

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Rami: Age 25 - Guitar, Keys, and Vocals
Josh: Age 25 – Keyboard and Laptop
Barry: Age 25 - Drums

2. Talk about how this band came together...

Josh: Rami and I went to college together. I was a music major and Rami was a visual art major. But I knew he was a mean drummer, and invited him to play drums on a jungle track I was making. Once he saw the studio, it was on. Over the next year we made a bunch of records together- Rami was developing his songwriting and I was developing my production style. After college I moved to LA, and Rami moved to New York.
A year later, Rami was on tour with “The Natural History” and they came through LA. While he was in town, I invited him to come lay down some tracks at my new studio. Once he saw the studio, it was on, again. Three weeks later he moved out to LA.
We spent a couple of months working on tracks and finding our sound. We performed for about 6 months as a duo, but something was missing. We needed a live drummer.
Barry had moved to LA and was playing with a band called “The Actual.” I had met Barry through some friends, and knew that he was a ridiculous drummer. He had been to a bunch of our shows as a duo, and we invited him to play with us. After a few rehearsals and arm wrestle, Barry joined the band.

3. For Rami: As the son of world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman, what kind of introduction to the world of music did you have?

Rami: I grew up listening to a lot of opera and a various assortment of classical music. Of course, I was very exposed to the violin, and piano. But as I grew up, I started getting more interested in pop music and jazz. My older brother was a big influence in that way. He got me into the Beastie Boys when I was 8.