Meet the Band: Peter Woodward (guitar, vocals), Ken Blaze (bass, vocals) and Tim Babcock (drums)
Different Drummers: The band initially got together in 2009 and wrote a few songs, but hit a hurdle when the original drummer moved away. The group replaced him in 2010 and has been going strong ever since, even after recently changing drummers again. "We've been grinding it out," says Woodward.
Old School: Woodward says the band is influenced by the punk bands that group members spent their youth absorbing. "For me, there's not a trick [singer-guitarist] Bob Mould has that I haven't tried to replicate. An apt comparison would be Sugar-era Husker Du. There are worse things to be compared to. Ken and I came out of a punk pop background. We really liked SST Records and DC hardcore. [The D.C. hardcore band] Dag Nasty was a big influence. Loud and melodic. That pulls out into Foo Fighters, a giant rock band out of that same tradition."
The EP's The Thing: The band's new EP is its fifth. It has yet to release a full-length. "A lot of that is that if you start getting into a full-length, you're not putting anything out for a year or longer," says Woodward. "We try not to get too precious about it. We're not writing masterpieces. These are our songs right now. We'll have more in six months."
Video Daze: Last month, the band released a video for the song "B-Ware." The video was done in collaboration with LESS Productions and features members of the Burning River Roller Derby team and local comedians Chad Weaver and Adam Rittersbach. "That was fantastic," says Woodward. "By doing everything in-house, there aren't people talking about what you're doing. We were excited about the EP and wanted to do something to help promote it. We kicked around the idea of doing a video. Everyone who contributed was game and put in a solid effort and had a lot of fun. More people saw and heard us than had in the past five years. It was such a positive experience."
Why You Should Hear Them: Recorded in the band's practice space above the Spitfire Saloon, the new EP No Way to Hide Your Tracks features three songs that have melodic hooks and parched vocals that recall the aforementioned Husker Du. Expect another EP before the year's end. "We're writing new stuff that we're really happy with," says Woodward. "Tim is a great addition on drums and really excited and that's bleeding into us. We have some grandiose ideas for the next album."
Where You Can Hear Them: facebook.com/restlesshabs.
Where You Can See Them: Restless Habs performs with Leaveland and the Long Knives on Friday, April 17, at the Spitfire Saloon.
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