Remo Drive From The Rearview Mirror

Words and Photos by Alicia Maciel

Hailing from Minnesota as an independent alternative rock band, Remo Drive  is impressing emo-rival enthusiasts with their self-debut “Greatest Hits” and they’re not losing momentum any time soon.

RD-8Within a week’s worth of time, Remo Drive headlined Subterranean, their Audiotree session premiered, and they released a camp-themed music video for “I’m My Own Doctor.” They harnessed all the energy building and continue to move forward rapidly.

The original line-up consists of brothers Erik Paulson (vocals/guitar) and Stephen Paulson (bass) along with close friend Sam Mathys (drums). They’ve added Zack Cummings to play guitar on tour and were joined by Michael Kwan for keys/aux percussion at a Lollapalooza after show and Audiotree session.

While there is some controversy amongst fans about piano playing in live sessions, the addition emulates a full, richer sound and shows that Remo Drive is more than just an emo revival band by crossing the lines of emo and indie.   

RD-5“Greatest Hits”  deters from their raw, emo-punk inspired “Demos 2014” and pushes them toward the broad category of alternative rock. In doing so, Remo Drive’s style is appealing to practically any listener as subtle moments of post-punk and emotional music bring high, aggressive energy to the tracks – grasping attention easily.  

With song themes ranging from facing reality, romanticism, mental and physical health (as blatantly seen in “I’m My Own Doctor”), Remo Drive’s simple, straightforward composition creates a sense of empathy with the listener. Past the music, the band interacts genuinely with fans as much as possible whether it’s face to face or over Twitter through likes, retweets, and threads. Such constant interaction is hardly seen nowadays which is why Remo Drive is standing out as a remarkable, personable band.

Nostalgia’s found when listening to the band’s techniques and mixing throughout the album. Remo Drive’s “Greatest Hits” album cover and logo radiating a love for the 80’s and the minimalistic, catchy composition stylings ranging from the riffs and lyrics coming from members Erik and Sam – they’re emphasizing the importance of branding and style for up and coming independent bands.

AM-080217-3Self-composing and recording “Greatest Hits” while striving to hire local professionals for any work necessary, Remo Drive is paying homage to their DIY roots while venturing into performance at professional venues across the nation. It really makes one wonder if they’ll do a DIY tour soon enough (yes, they totally should!).

From hardly being known at the beginning of this year to their vinyl pre orders selling out and gaining a cult following, who knows what to have other than high expectations for Remo Drive.

Catch Remo Drive on a co-headlining tour with McCafferty and supporting Hippo Campus in the fall! Get tickets here.

Personal quote: “Being an overall rock music lover, Remo Drive inspired me to photograph them in May when I had no idea who they were. These guys are really something else.”

The following is a list of bands their music sounds inspired by //

Remo Drive’s Influencers Recipe:

Title Fight 

Joyce Manor 


Vampire Weekend

The Police 

Two Door Cinema Club


Alicia Maciel is a junior at DePaul University studying marketing, music business, public relations, and advertising. Immersing in photography, promotion, interviews, interning at Metro and Notion Presents, managing The Chicago Vibe, curating live music, and plenty more – she hopes to bring innovation to the music scene. “A Chicagoan gal making music personnel personal.”


A Chat With: Toothless

“Even toothless, she can still bite off a boy’s head.” This is the quote that inspired Ed Nash of Bombay Bicycle Club’s newest project, Toothless. Following the project’s inception, 2017 has already been a whirlwind for Nash. After releasing the collaboration-laced debut album from Toothless, The Pace of The Passing, back in January, Nash has already followed up with a six song EP, Palm’s. The project has also been constantly expanding the live show, playing festivals like Secret Garden Party and the upcoming Reading and Leeds Festivals. Before Toothless hits the road to tour the UK and Europe, find out more about the inspiration and influences behind Toothless…including more on the quote that started it all. Nash also talks new music and his collaborations with the likes of Marika Hackman, The Staves, and Liz Lawrence. Get to know Toothless now!

Photo Courtesy of Toothless

Rachel Zyzda: When did you first decide to branch out to your own side project and start working on Toothless?

Ed Nash: I have always written and recorded my own music, and had intended to release it long before I got ’round to it. My commitment to Bombay Bicycle Club kept on growing over the years as the band got bigger, and as a result I didn’t have the time to put into my own project. It was only at the end of 2014 when we decided to take a break after touring the last Bombay record that I finally had enough time to do it! I had the name and a lot of the ideas beforehand just not the time.

RZ: The story behind your moniker is quite interesting, with the inspiration stemming from a Raymond Pettibon drawing with the caption “Even toothless, she can still bite off a boy’s head.” When you were writing for the debut Toothless album, The Pace of the Passing, did you find yourself drawing inspiration from different forms of art, and are there any particular influences that stand out?

EN: Absolutely! All of the album and single artwork was inspired by a Charles and Ray Eames show that I saw at the Barbican in London. There was a video called “The Power of Ten” that was my main focus. A lot of the songs on the record draw from Greek myths and The Odyssey. I like using preexisting stories in my own songs to help get my own points across.

RZ: The album also featured a few different collaborations, like “Palm’s Backside” with Marika Hackman and “The Sirens” with The Staves. How did these working relationships with these artists come around and what was your favorite part about the collaborative songs?

EN: Most of the features on the album are people that I was lucky enough to have met through touring and playing shows over the past ten years, Liz Lawrence sang with my band throughout 2014, and we played multiple shows and shared studio time with Wild Beasts. That’s not to say that I used these artists only because I knew them personally, they couldn’t be gratuitous or for the sake of getting cool people on the record. For example, Tom from Wild Beasts has a beautiful baritone voice, the opposite to the way I sing, and the part he recorded really needed that style of singing.

RZ: Who else would you love to work with in the future and why?

EN: I really want to work with my favorite producer Dave Fridmann. The timing’s never been right so far as he’s a busy man. I’m not going to stop trying.

AM: You just released the EP “Palm’s” earlier this Summer, following the debut LP released earlier this year, which is quite a quick turnaround! Have you already started writing for the next album or EP?
EN: People keep saying it’s a quick turnaround but to me it feels quite slow… As this is the only thing I do I think I get very impatient. I’ve started writing and recording the next full Toothless album and hope to get that out at some point next year. I’ve also got an idea for another EP, I haven’t told anyone about that yet though!

RZ: Taking the songs to the live sense then, what is the usual band setup for your shows and what are some of your favorite songs to play out live?
EN: It’s taken the best part of a year to get the live show to a point where I’m fully happy with it. As I played almost everything on the record, it was very hard to adapt the songs to work with a live band. The live show now consists of a 5 piece band with two guitars, bass, keys, drums and a hell of a lot of singing. I absolutely love playing “Sisyphus” live, not only is it the most upbeat song in the set but we have added a Kraut Rock style outro that gets pretty wild!
RZ: You’ve got some shows in the UK and Europe this fall, but any plans to tour stateside soon?

EN: We don’t have any plans to head to the US at the moment unfortunately, though I am incredibly keen to get back soon. We played two shows in New York and Los Angeles at the beginning of the summer which were some of the best shows we have done.

RZ: On the same subject of tours, you’re playing a Sofar Sounds show on September 20th to support Amnesty International and Give a Home, which is such a great cause to be involved with! Are there any other charities or causes that you’re passionate about?

EN: Yeah, I’m really looking forward to the Amnesty show! Over the years I have done quite a lot of stuff for Amnesty International and I love the Sofar Sounds shows too. It’s going to be a great event. With Bombay we did quite a lot of shows for the Teenage Cancer Trust. They are a truly fantastic organization. I will always continue to support them.

RZ: What new music are you listening to lately that you’d recommend to your listeners?

EN: This week I have been listening to the new Grizzly Bear record. I love it, though, I am probably biased… I fucking love Grizzly Bear.
RZ: Anything else coming up in the next year that you’re looking forward to?

EN: I’ve decided I want to paint my next record cover which I’m super excited about. I painted the cover to the Bombay record Flaws but haven’t done anything proper since then. I have been painting small portraits over the past few months to get my technique up to scratch for the real thing.

Keep up with all the Toothless updates by liking the official Facebook Page, and listen to The Pace of The Passing in full here.

New Vinyl Releases 8/25/17


  • 21 Savage & Metro Boomin – Savage Mode
  • A Giant Dog – Toy
  • Abhorrent Decimation – The Pardoner (Gold Marble Vinyl)
  • Akercocke – Renaissance In Extremis (Colored Vinyl)
  • Blood Feast – The Future State Of Wicked (Blue w/ ‘Blood Splatter’ Vinyl)
  • Cage The Elephant – Unpeeled (2017) Black Vinyl and Limited Edition 140Gram 2-LP on Orange-Scented / Orange Colored Vinyl available
  • Alex Chilton – A Man Called Destruction (1995) Gatefold 2-LP 1st Pressing on Translucent Blue Vinyl w/ Download
  • Conveyer – No Future (Colored Vinyl)
  • Jack Cooper (of Ultimate Painting) – Sandgrown (Tangerine Vinyl)
  • Death Worship – Extermination Mass
  • Rick Deitrick – Gentle Wilderness (1978) (Limited To 500 Copies)
  • Rick Deitrick – River Sun River Moon (1977-78) Previously Unreleased Recordings
  • Der Weg Einer Freiheit – Finisterre (Limited to 1000 Worldwide)
  • Enya – The Very Best Of
  • Erasure – World Be Gone (Orange Vinyl)
  • Get The Shot – Infinite Punishment
  • Gogol Bordello – Seekers And Finders (Limited Blue Vinyl and Indie Exclusive Blue/White Marble Vinyl available)
  • Gold Class – Drum (Limited Edition Pressing on White Vinyl)
  • Gordi – Reservoir (Limited Edition Gatefold on ‘White and Magenta Marbled’ Vinyl)
  • Hand Habits – Yr Heart / Carpenter’s Daughter 7″
  • Ledge – Cold Hard Concrete (Limited Edition ‘Oxblood’ Colored Vinyl)
  • Liars – TFCF (Limited Edition Pressing on Red Vinyl)
  • Livid – Beneath This Shroud, The Earth Erodes (Limited Edition Pressing on Transparent Purple Vinyl)
  • Marduk – Fuck Me Jesus (1991) Single-Sided Reissue on Dark Green Vinyl w/ Silk screened B-Side (Limited to 500)
  • Marduk – Opus Nocturne (1994) 180Gram Gatefold Reissue
  • Marduk – Those Of The Unlight (1993) 180Gram Gatefold Reissue
  • Motley Crue – Girls, Girls, Girls ( 30th Anniversary Reissue on Blue/Black Marble Vinyl)
  • The Mynabirds – Be Here Now
  • Neurosis – The World As Law (1990) 180Gram Reissue on Clear Vinyl
  • Palm – Trading Basics
  • Pinact – The Part That No One Knows
  • Sabbath Assembly – Rites Of Passage
  • Secret Machines – Now Here Is Nowhere  180Gram 2-LP Pressing on Colored Vinyl w/ Gatefold Jacket (Limited to 1625 Worldwide!)
  • Joseph Shabason – Aytche
  • Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination
  • Brendon Small (Dethklok / Metalocalypse) – Galaktikon II: Become The Storm (2017) Limited Edition 2-LP Picture Disc and Standard 2-LP available
  • Juanita Stein – America
  • Superchunk – S/T (1990) (Includes Bonus 1990 NYC Live Show)
  • (Thee) Oh Sees – Orc
  • Together Pangea – Bulls And Roosters (Colored Vinyl)
  • Turnover – Good Nature
  • Queens Of The Stone Age – Villains (Deluxe 1.5 LP w/ Etched D-Side
  • Queens Of The Stone Age – Villains (1.5 LP w/ Etched 4th Side & Indie-Exclusive with Alternate Cover (Limited to 7000!)
  • Various – Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  • The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding  (Standard and Indie Exclusive)
  • Widowspeak – Expect The Best
  • Kathryn Williams – Songs From The Novel: Greatest Hits (2017) 2-LP Compilation
  • Winterfylleth – The Divination Of Antiquity
  • Winterfylleth – The Ghost of Heritage
  • Winterfylleth – The Merrian Sphere
  • Winterfylleth – The Threnody Of Triumph
  • Stevie Wonder – The Original Musiquarium I (1982) Reissue

Our Multi-Tone Chicago Compilation has arrived! Grab the first ‘Jackson Pollack’ Splatter variant in the shop or on the website HERE!


New Vinyl Releases 8/18/17

  • 311 – Greatest Hits ’93- ’03
  • Ariel Pink – Another Weekend / Ode to the Goat 7″ Single
  • Audioslave – S/T Debut
  • Beneath – Ephemeris
  • Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
  • Johnny Cash – Greatest! (1959)
  • Cloakroom – Time Well (Ltd. to 1400)
  • Costin Chioreanu – There Is A Place Called Home
  • Cotillon – The Afternoons (Milky Clear Vinyl)
  • DJ Shadow – The Mountain Has Fallen EP
  • Paul Draper – Spooky Action
  • Ghostpoet – Dark Days + Canapes (Indie Exclusive on White Vinyl)
  • The Goastt aka The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl) – Lone Gone EP
  • Goldfinger – The Knife (1st Pressing on Colored Vinyl)
  • Gravetemple – Impassable Fears
  • Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins
  • Haim – Something To Tell You
  • Horte – S/T debut
  • Ida – Will You Find Me (Ltd. to 2000)
  • Immortal – Damned In Black (2000)
  • Immortal – Blizzard Beasts (1997)
  • Interpol – Our Love to Admire (10 year Anniversary)
  • Mick Jagger – Gotta Get A Grip / England Lost
  • Kacy & Clayton – The Siren’s Song
  • k.d. lang – Ingenue (1992)
  • KMFDM – Hell Yeah
  • Lil Yachty – Teenage Emotions
  • Dent May – Across The Multiverse (Limited Ed. 1st Pressing on Butter Yellow Vinyl)
  • Mayhem – Live in Sarpsborg (1990)
  • Morbid Angel – Bledded Are The Sick (1991)
  • Randy Newman – Dark Matter
  • Rick Ashtray – Inc. EP (7″)
  • Nosound – A Sense of Loss
  • Pekko Kappi & K:H:H:L – Matilda
  • Porcupine Tree – voyage 34
  • Rainer Maria – S/T
  • Reverorum Ib Malacht – Ter Agios Numini
  • Terrorizer – World Downfall (1989)
  • Thy Art Is Murder – Dear Desolation (Indie Exclusive on Orange and Bronze Swirl, Ltd. to 300)
  • UNKLE – The Road: Part 1
  • The Stills-Young Band – Long May You Run (1976)
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Rust Never Sleeps (1979)
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse – ive Rust (1979)
  • Neil Young – American Stars n’ Bars (1977)
  • Neil Young – Comes A Time (1978)

This past Friday night at Schubas Tavern, Marika Hackman and The Big Moon created an IRL experience of Hackman’s latest album I’m Not Your Man. Released on June 2nd, the sophomore album from Hackman marks a departure and transformation for the formerly folk artist. Boosting blunt lyrics, lighter melodies, and a lax, carefree recording style, I’m Not Your Man takes listeners through a 15-song journey, featuring The Big Moon as the backing band for the majority of them. Before The Big Moon pulled their second shift of the evening, backing Hackman at the Lakeview venue, they had performed their own 45 minute set, which carried the same carefree mood of friendship that comes across on their recordings. In addition to songs from their debut album Love in the 4th Dimension, the group also performed a cover of “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Between songs, the band kept the crowd laughing with a bit of sarcasm and banter, but the standout moment of their set occurred during their song “Bonfire.” Front woman Juliette (Jules) Jackson left the stage and abandoned her guitar to sing the song with the crowd.

Jules from The Big Moon ventures out into the crowd

The same banter and laughter only amplified when Hackman joined The Big Moon, but the focus of the night remained on the effortless musicianship displayed between the friends. The songs from I’m Not Your Man translated beautifully in the live sense, seeing as most of the album had actually been tracked live, with a minimal use of overdubs. Hackman’s hourlong set focused on the new album, with a couple of older tunes like “Cinnamon” and “Ophelia” sprinkled in. The direct, honest lyrics of tracks like “My Lover Cindy” and “Violet” had the crowd captivated and wrapped around Hackman’s finger. Prior to performing the latter, Hackman introduced “Violet” as a sexy song, encouraging the crowd to kiss their dates (only with consent) if they were feeling it. “Gina’s World” also stood out during the 11-song set, with its hauntingly heavy guitar riffs and striking harmonies, which echoed beautifully throughout the venue. Just before the set wrapped up with the dreamy “BlahBlahBlah,” Hackman and The Big Moon performed the lead single from I’m Not Your Man, Boyfriend.” The playful tune teased the light-hearted reinvention of Hackman before the release of the album, and it definitely acted as a highlight of the live show.

Marika Hackman singing her direct and honest lyrics

More photos from the show 

Want more Marika? You can grab the physical album of I’m Not Your Man at the shop, or order it from the Shuga webstore here.

This article was originally posted on ANCHR Magazine.