5Q :: Ziggy Marley chums Looner hitting 'Sup Town'
When Zo? and Angel Roch? come together as Looner, they don't make music so much as an eclectic aural stew. Perhaps because of the expansive palette from which they draw -- it most likely stems from an open-ears fascination with artists like Weeze...
When Zoë and Angel Roché come together as Looner, they don't make music so much as an eclectic aural stew.
Perhaps because of the expansive palette from which they draw -- it most likely stems from an open-ears fascination with artists like Weezer and the Shins all the way to Dr. Dre and Thomas Dolby -- this husband-and-wife team can count high-profile artists like Ziggy Marley as fans.
To find out how one gets in the good graces of Bob Marley's son, we nudged the Rochés until they agreed to "tag team" an e-mail interview with us:
Budgeteer: First of all, how did you ever hook up with Ziggy Marley? That's just amazing!
Looner: One night, some time ago in a land far away (Hollywood), Ziggy caught a Looner show. He really liked what we were doing and offered us an opening slot on one of his tours. We've been working with him ever since.
I had trouble locating samples of your earlier work. Does that mean the group has moved on stylistically ... or am I just reading too much into things?
Actually, we have three previous releases, which are available on multiple download sites, including iTunes and Amazon.com. We only sell physical CDs at shows and through our Web site.
Our first EP (2003's "Follow the Looner") definitely leans on the indie/garage rock side of things, while our newer songs seem to be moving toward a cleaner, more universal sound that [incorporates] more of our varied influences and tastes. We like so many different kinds of music, it doesn't feel fair to just play one style or kind.
Since it's still a one-way argument -- and never a discussion -- with at least half of the country, do you get a lot of crap for your marijuana advocacy?
Not yet, but we're looking forward to it.
We decided in our office that you two are the hottest couple in rock 'n' roll -- does that ever get in the way of a good time, fending off groupies and whatnot?
Thank you for the compliment; it's all smoke and mirrors though. So far the most common approach is that people don't want to believe we're a couple. They ask if we are brother and sister -- which, when you look at us, seems pretty unlikely. Then they act stunned when we say that we're married.
Finally, you're embarking on a pretty lengthy tour -- how do you pass the time between tour stops? What are you reading? Listening to? Watching?
We love our mini travel Scrabble with the snap-in-place tiles! Since there really is no end to our drive for six weeks, we don't put a time limit on turns; a typical game will last two or three days.
On days off, we sometimes like to camp. Toward the end of this run we're going to stop at the Grand Canyon and overdose on some natural beauty. That's rock 'n' roll.
NEWS TO USE
Looner will perform at 9 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Thirsty Pagan in Superior. Visit www.myspace.com/looner to hear some of the group's tracks.