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SIMGE Survey: Getting To Know Rokenri // Stream “Sullied Tide”

Mike Mehalick May 19, 2016 Features, Interviews No Comments


I was immediately taken when first introduced to Rokenri, the Brooklyn trio comprised of Matt Evans, Trevor Wilson and Ethan Woods. The angular rytyms and off beat harmonies featured on their latest cut, “Sullied Tide,” offer up a canvas from which the band’s collective talents are able to paint a transportive meditation on “he paradox of privilege.”

Also, Rokenri seem to be tight with Half Waif, so I am more than on board.

I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from Rokenri in these digital-ink spilled pages, but until then we have Rokenri’s SIMGE Survey to help offer some more insight into the band. Check out th responses and stream “Sullied Tide” below.

Name: Ethan Woods
Band: Rokenri
Instrument(s): N/A

What sound(s) do you/your band make?

Rokenri makes rock music that uses lots of singing and a lot of rhythmic play. The songs can sound a little neurotic, chaotic, or abrasive at times, but I think they also bliss-out just as much. Matt, our drummer, and I came up with the phrase ‘vape-scape’ while we were mastering our album Donkey Donkey, so maybe that’s an apt description of what we sound like.

If you could have anything fall from the sky what would it be and why?

All the money from the all of the Koch brothers bank accounts to rain across all nations.

When I was a kid I used to love to…

I used to go over to my friend Sean’s house to watch him play video games. He always was totally up to date with each gaming system, so it was exciting just to watch him play because of how new it all seemed. One of my favorite’s to watch was Jet Force Gemini.

Sometimes he would ask me if I would like to play but I always hated it because I was really bad, and if we were competing against each other he would destroy me.

An embarrassing phase in my life was when…

When I was 13, I had bleached hair that I would spike up. I would always wear 5 to 6 necklaces, and 4 to 5 bracelets. One of the necklaces was a metal chain medallion of a snake wrapped around a skull with ruby eyes. Another one was puka shell.

I wore a long silk bowling shirt that was black with red trim, and had flames on the back. My pants were super baggy and zipped at the knees, and I always made sure to mix and match so that the top was a different color than the pant legs.

During this phase, I would go onto MSN Messenger, and ask my friends if they thought I was deep. If they said no, I would tell them “you’re wrong, I actually am deep,” and then log off and sulk about it in my room.

The 1st album I purchased:

Astro Lounge by Smash Mouth.

The last album I purchased:

Probable Depths by our friends Half Waif. Everyone should get this album! It’s fantastic.

My biggest insecurity:

When I’m feeling most insecure, the fear I usually have is that people think that I don’t work hard enough, or that I’m lazy.

You can easily win me over by…

You can win me over with a really long joke or advise for dealing with acid reflux.

Sometimes when I feel hot I listen to King Tubby because dub is the perfect warm weather music.

After a show people compliment me most on…

People usually compliment us for our stage banter before they mention anything else, which maybe says something about the music…but we also get a lot of very flattering comments about how immersive the songs are.

Something most people don’t know about me is…

I briefly held a job as a nail polish artist, and would stamp and paint designs onto people’s fingernails at the Alaska state fair.

The band (artist) that altered my perception on life is _______ because…

Not a band, but the very first musician that I totally idolized was Grand Master Flash. The first instrument I remember ever wanting to play was a turntable because of some clip I had seen of the Grand Master on TV. I used to daydream all the time about scratching and making cool beats.

If not for music I would probably…

If not for music, I would probably be a successful architect or lawyer or something with at least 8 yachts all named after Grecian gods.

What are your favorite song lyrics?

These days I’ve been revisiting Simon and Garfunkel’s catalog, so I would have to say “‘Kathy, I’m lost,’ I said, though I knew she was sleeping/I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why,” from “America.” It makes me choke up a little whenever I hear it.

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Mike is a graduate of the School Of Visual Arts with a BFA in Film & Video focused on screenwriting. His career stops have included editing positions at AOL, The Huffington Post, and BuzzFeed. He regularly contributes to a variety of outlets. Follow him @mmehalick

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