RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW USA BAND THE FREIGHT
Hi, folks welcome to RGM. What made you decide to start the band?
I started this band because I finally had the urge for an original music project. I had not done the original band thing before and I was writing a lot. I felt the time was right and just went with it when the right time presented itself to me.
Introduce us to all the members and your musical history?
My name is Adam Tiro, I am the lead singer/guitar player, Marc Loverin is on drums and does all of our awesome designs! Stephen Anderson is the bass player. Greg Tragellis on keys and vocals. John Marinilli on percussion.
After I graduated from Berklee in Boston, I played in a few cover band projects and did a lot of solo acoustic gigs. This was cool, but I burned out on that pretty quickly. I eventually got to a place in my life where I was feeling creative and needed more of an outlet. I was writing a lot and I reached out to the local South Shore music community here south of Boston. Marc got back to me first and we hit it off. From there we got Stephen on board through the same community. I knew of Greg because we are both from Quincy and we were looking for a key player. I eventually got Greg on board. John is a long-time friend and I had been in bands before with him. John is also a Quincy guy and we were looking to add some percussion flavor to the band. It has all come together pretty smoothly and the chemistry we all have together is a huge part of what makes this band work. Not just musically, we all enjoy hanging out and being around each other as well.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Hmm. Good question… This question might be the one. HA!
We set up RGM to share music from America with our UK audience, good idea?
Yes definitely! We love the idea of our music being heard by people in other parts of the world!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
No, I’m a pretty straightforward kind of guy.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
I can’t even tell you the amount of Amazon boxes that were coming to my house on a daily basis… I’m sure my wife has some things that she may not have even opened yet. Ha ha!
What useless party trick do you have?
I know a lot of useless information… Does that count?
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
We have had a couple of amazing gigs at a venue near us called “Soundcheck Studios”. It is an incredible venue with an awesome room and a great stage. Always a blast to play in that room.
What was the worst experience on stage?
We had a gig outdoors where we had to stop because of the weather. Had a big crowd there and everyone was feeling good, then the skies opened up and we had to stop the gig 1 song in.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
Well for me, I work in special education. Marc is an amazing sneaker/shoe designer. Stephen co-wrote our single “Try Me On” and continues to write killer music. Greg is one of the deepest thinkers I’ve ever met, and hilarious… John’s hair is real…..
If you had to describe your band to an alien how would you describe it?
I would describe our music as Rock n’ Roll. I think we cover a huge spectrum of rock music. Just like Rock itself is not just one thing, I think we are not just one thing. If you check out out music that is out, you will see we have some different areas of Rock music covered. And there will be more to come!
What makes you stand out as a band?
I think that we do have so many different sounds of rock music in us that we project makes us unique. We are not just one thing. We love classic-sounding rock but also 80’s and 90’s sounds and also anthemic type rock. We also have elements of soul and jam in our music and style.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
The way the Celtics played in the NBA finals…
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
I think it is our song “Found”. Something about the energy in that song I just really love. Also, I love the 80’s rock vibes in it.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
Yes! It is a single called “Overrated”. It is a big rock n’ roll sounding track with a toe tapping chorus and cool harmonies. We had a blast recording this with engineers Joe Clapp at Ultrasound Productions and Jeff Rosen at Cherrywood Records. We also got to work with Paul Santo who mixed the song and is a Grammy winner! Paul is incredible at what he does and he has worked with Ringo….. So that was next level cool to be working with someone who has been in the room with a Beatle…
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
So our buddy Nick Astam, drummer for the national touring American Reggae band The Elovaters, co-wrote the song. He came to me with a really stripped-down chorus that you hear in the song. He asked if I’d want to work on it with him and I was totally in!
I wrote the verses and The Freight arranged it to the final product you hear today. We all love how it came out.
What was the recording process like?
We had such a blast with this song. We started getting the core tracks down with Joe Clapp at Ultrasound Productions. Joe is a total pro with an amazing studio space so we had an awesome day tracking with him. From there we overdubbed and did vocals with our great buddy Jeff Rosen at Cherrywood Records. Jeff is an extension of our band and does amazing work. We love Jeff so much and are always grateful for him. Lastly, we were lucky enough to have Paul Santo mix this song. Paul is an incredible asset. He worked as the mixing engineer, but he provided us with incredible insight the entire way through. He helped us get the sounds we were looking for and just got us all working in a really effective way that led to a finished product we are really happy with.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
I think co-writing with Nick was a really great thing for me personally. Bouncing ideas off of him, re-writing parts, and editing with someone else like him was really great for me to do. Nick is a great guy and a super talented musician. I loved getting to know him better through this process as well.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Not at all.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
We have some awesome gigs lined up and we also have 2 other singles that are going to be coming out one right after another. We are hoping to build some momentum to finish out the year strong!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
We are so grateful to anyone who gives us a listen and supports us in any way. Whether it is a social media follow or a like of a track of ours. We try to be open and honest with who we are and portray that to the world. Thank you for any support you throw our way!