Monday, February 18, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH SARA ROMWEBER OF THE DEX ROMWEBER DUO

Sara Romweber: the brilliant drumming half of the Dex Romweber Duo.

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Who are you wearing?

Who am I what?

Who are you wearing? Like on the red carpet.

Did you say who am I wearing? (laughs) I'm wearing a Sara Romweber original.

Is that you in the blue?

It is not, actually. He [Dex] wrote that song and I'm not sure who he wrote it for. Sometimes he writes from images. It's one of my favorite songs he ever wrote.

What's the best way to piss off Dex?

(Laughs) That's a good question. It's a hard one to answer. I don't know. I try to avoid that.

He said we should ask you what your idea of a very good day is.

A day like today, when I don't have to be anywhere. I can do whatever I would want to do that day. I can paint, practice, you know. A day without an appointment.

Are we ruining your day right now then?

(Laughs) That's funny, because when I started answering that, that's the first thing I thought; 'Wait a minute, isn't that some sort of appointment?' But yeah, I like days when Dex and I get together to practice. Those are generally good days.

Elvis, Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly, Little Richard or Richie Valens?

Oh, Gene Vincent.

That's what Dex said too.

I love Little Richard too. But Gene Vincent is my favorite.

Besides you, who does the best version of 'Love Letters'?

Ketty Lester. Hands down.

Free association. Flat Duo Jets?

Dex. But Crow was so great, such a good drummer. The Cramps.

The Cramps.

Original rockabilly.

Let's Active.

Childhood. I should say teenage years, actually.

Snatches of Pink.

Johnny Thunders.

North Carolina.

Humidity.

New York.

We need a good word for New York because I am repulsed by it. I am not a city person at all. Oh, traffic.

So do you dread playing shows here?

Well, I do, but it's not because of the people. The people are great and we always have a good crowd there. The problem in New York is parking, loading, unloading, packing up and loading back up and getting out of the town because it's too expensive to stay there. The shows are great but I think there are too many people there. It can't be good when you have that many people in one place.

Who were you the most excited to play with at Norton Fest?

The 5 6 7 8s. All three of them were so good at what they did. And hopefully me and Dex will be able to go to their country to play with them.

If you could have one of your songs in a commercial for anything, what kind of commercial would you pick?

I don't have cable or anything so I don't really know what is out there, but I would like to play in a soundtrack for a movie featuring Robert DeNiro.

Dex told us the story of how the mausoleum burned down.

Oh yeah, that was an art studio that was in our backyard. Our mom told Dex that he could make that his room, because he wanted to move away, but he was only 14 or 15 at the time. The weird thing was, that morning I was sleeping on the porch and I woke up and I looked out and that thing was engulfed in flames. Of course I thought Dex was in there, so I got up and ran to the house and passed one of Dex's friends named Cray standing in the kitchen. In the house, I found Dex and two of his friends they thought that Cray was inside the mausoleum, but I told them Cray was in the kitchen. Cray had fallen asleep inside the mausoleum and a candle had burned down. I think the candle itself was flammable. There was so much stuff in there that was flammable. It was just one of those terrifying moments. That was the end of the mausoleum. But our whole house was just very odd. I know that people thought we were kind of eccentric and strange. It was like the Addams Family meet the Munsters. And my mom of course was at work. She was a single mom and she had seven children. We have the sweetest and most wonderful mom. She's so good. But our house was one of those places that, after school, everyone wanted to go hang out at because there was no parental supervision. A lot of the people that came there, we all learned to play music together. And almost all the people who came to our house played music. They all played in bands that did very well in this area.

What's the worst place you ever stayed on tour?

I don't remember the name of the place. I wish Dex was here right now. He would remember the name. It was like the second or third gig I had with Dex and it was in Tennessee. I could describe this but I couldn't give you the name. But the strangest thing was that the hotel was connected to the ballroom ad in the ballroom they had a history of people that played there, like Ray Charles. But this place was creepy. The hotel was like a hooker hotel. They charged by the hour. Of course I didn't sleep in the bed, I sat up all night, and Dex remembers because when he woke up he saw me sitting in some kind of meditation. And the gig itself was insane. There was just a vocal PA, no lights, no real stage, and I just thought to myself, 'Well, if you have to start somewhere, this is a good place to start.' 

In another hotel, Dex had a really weird vision and dreams that were really, really bad. We cannot remember the location but we both remember the set up perfectly. We were in separate rooms. Everybody was so, so creepy. But you should ask me about my favorite place we stayed.

Okay, what's your favorite place you stayed?

The Historic Lowe Hotel. It was in West Virginia, and that's where the famous monster, the Mothman, is. So we stayed there. Of course, the Historic Lowe Hotel is haunted. It's a famous haunted place. We drove in there at night and there's a giant statue of the Mothman in the center of the town. image

There's nothing else like it. We were so happy. We love to stay in towns where there's a famous monster sighting. We didn't play there but we stayed there. On the sign of the hotel, it said, 'The famous Lowe Hotel, featuring color TV in every room,' (laughs). But this place was haunted, there is no question about it. You walk in the hotel and there's a giant bannister and beautiful woodwork. And then you go in the room and they don't have regular furniture. Sometimes they didn't have a closet. I just had a coat hanger. And in front of the hotel, on the other side of the street, there's a coffee shop where they just sell Mothman stuff. It was totally weird. So we get there and I go up the stairs and standing right in front of me was the weirdest looking guy. He was standing in the middle of a hallway looking at the floor, and I'm thinking to myself, 'I have to pass this guy to get to my room.' The next morning, I get up to get my coffee and all of a sudden, I see that guy and his brother, and they're twins. They were both weird looking in the same way. Then I go to the coffee shop and they told me that those guys were famous psychics and they often come to the hotel. I should have asked him what he was seeing in the floor.

What's the best hair product to have Let's Active Sara Romweber hair?

Aqua Net! Super hold Aqua Net.

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Links:

One Chord Progression's interview with Dex Romweber

Dex Romweber Duo on Facebook

Dex Romweber Duo on Bloodshot Records' website

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