Introduce the band and give us a little of your history?
Sage: We built Lonnieclaire brick by brick literally in a garage in Washington D. C. We broke a lot of strings at the beginning, played some local gigs, and built up the band to the point where we had three guitarists! Fast forward to the present – currently, it is me on guitar, Drux on bass, Lonnie sings and plays guitar, and Rico is on drums.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Rico: We’re sick of people asking about what happened to those peanuts in The East Village.
Drux: I didn’t hear about that. What happened to the peanuts?
Rico: They were “a-salted”! Ha, ha, ha, ha!
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK.. Do you think this is a good idea?
Sage: (serious voice) Indie music survives only because artists, bands, DJs, small radio stations, promoters, influencers, curators ect. connect with each other and share ideas.
Rico: Boring. (exaggerated yawn) Don’t you hate it when someone answers their own question? I do.
Do you subscribe to any conspiracy theories?
Drux: Everyone knows Bigfoot is totally real!
Did the band buy anything you didn’t need during the pandemic?
Drux: I overdid the dairy a bit.
Rico: Me too, did you hear the rumor about butter?
Drux: What’s that?
Rico: Nevermind, I’m not going to “spread” it. Ha, ha, ha, ha!
What useless party trick does Lonnieclaire perform?
Rico: Making banana splits
Sage: I didn’t know you made banana splits? Interesting.
Rico: Yeah I learned it at “sundae” school! Ha, ha, ha, ha!
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Drux: I enjoy the semi-awkward moments between songs.That’s the perfect opportunity to make fun of our drummer. Like when Rico brought that goat on stage and…
Sage: (cuts in) Boys… Relax!
What was the worst experience on stage?
Drux: We’ve had every possible thing go wrong from microphones dying, amps fizzling, ankles twisted, ungrounded electric (ouch!), gear stolen, our drummer playing with no pants… No matter what, you gotta just laugh it all off.
Tell us something about Lonnieclaire that you think people would be surprised about?
Sage: We have “day” jobs…
Rico: (cuts in)Yeah I just got fired from the orange juice factory.
Drux: Seriously? How’d that happen?
Rico: Yup, I was fired for lack of “concentration” Ha, ha, ha, ha!
If you had to describe Lonnieclaire’s music to an alien how would you describe it?
Rico: If your plan is to destroy all humans, I am the one human you should save!
Drux: (laughing) Yup, the aliens could learn a lot from you.
Lonnie: Yeah I hope the aliens like lo-fi garage rock because Lonnieclaire doesn’t sound anything like that synthy stuff from Close Encounters.
What makes Lonnieclaire stand out in the Indie-Rock Community?
Drux: We don’t try to sound different, but Rico’s drumming could make a tissue dance…
Rico: Wow… Thanks, that’s actually nice to hear.
Drux: Yeah you put a little “boogie” in it (laughs heartily at his own joke)
Right now, what’s troubling you? (It could be in life or music)
Rico: My dog keeps grabbing my remote.
Drux: Why is that a problem?
Rico: He keeps hitting the “paws” button. Ha, ha, ha, ha!