Ali McGhee is a journalist, creative writer, and academic. Her work has appeared in The Edgar Allan Poe Review, Romantic Circles, Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary...
RBTS WIN (Cliff B. Worsham on vocals, Javier Francisco Bolea on synth/keyboard, and Josh Chassner on guitar) are, at this point, one of Asheville's best known and most beloved bands. They've played multiple Moogfests, and they were recently on the Mothlight stage for All Go West, along with other stellar artists including Atlanta's The Difference Machine, Xero God, and Kool Keith. They also played during Geek Out AVL a few weeks ago.
The members of RBTS fuse multiple styles of music, including rock, electronic, metal, and jazz, to create a lush, layered sound that is unmistakably their own. Their last full-length album, Palm Sunday, was a darkly sparkling synth-heavy ode to summer. They've got a new LP on the horizon, and they're currently working on several collaborations with artists including Schyler Chaise and James the Gentleman. This Saturday, they'll return to the Mothlight, alongside Doc Aquatic and headliner Marley Carroll, in what might be the hottest lineup we've seen in a while--at least since All Go West.
Readers, I love interviewing RBTS. The first interview I ever did was with them was at Moogfest two years back, and I talked with them again at this year's Moogfest, which took place in Durham. Unforseen technical issues arose, and I thought the interview was lost. But Mercury Retrograde be damned--I just recovered the interview, and there's no time better than right now, as they're preparing to take the stage and send out the most gorgeous soundwaves in town, to get it out to the world. So, without further ado, my interview with RBTS, in which we discuss Moogfest's move to Durham, what gets their creative juices flowing, their new album, and, of course, GMO plums. RBTS WIN @ Moogfest. L to R: Josh Chassner, Javier Francisco Bolea, and Brien Worsham. Source: Band's Facebook