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The Rotaries

May 20, 2013

The Rotaries

Music that sticks is hard to find these days. But New York-based trio The Rotaries are a breath of fresh air.  Since releasing Before Leaving in August of 2012, The Rotaries have emerged as a band that creates ageless music that will stick around like superglue. Upbeat, danceable, and infectious, The Rotaries sustain the indie-rock sound for a new generation.

The Rotaries are James Rapp (guitar/vocals), Bernard Casserly (bass), and Danny Nosonowitz (drums). Hailing from Westchester, New York, Rapp and Nosonowitz became friends and began playing music together at college in Boston in 2010, and added Bernard to the lineup in 2011 upon their return to NYC.

Before Leaving is a quintessential indie pop-rock record. With freewheeling vocals, catchy hooks, and ringing guitars, overlaid with a dizzy layer of fuzz, the record radiates a youthful but refined energy. Standout title track, “Before Leaving,” features Rapp’s crisp guitar chords and bittersweet vocal inflection backed by a perky rhythm section. The Rotaries don’t sacrifice their individuality for trends and have a knack for crafting bright melodies. Get a little taste of Before Leaving while you read, then catch them live at The Bowery Electric in New York on June 1.

1. What is your hometown?

New Rochelle NY, baby!

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

As a band, Spinal Tap.

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

The Rock AKA Dwayne Johnson. He will play all three of us at once. It will kind of be like the Scorpion King, except with guitars.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

Right now, The Scream by Edvard Munch. It’s how we feel about the prospect of graduating college and becoming real humans.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

Currently reading In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan. It’s a real trip. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed. Or maybe you will. Sorry.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Pet Sounds right now, best summer album ever made, got those vibes~~~.

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

We literally cannot remember. Does that say something about us? Oh jeez…

8. Cat person or dog person?

Dog people. But cats are nice too.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

We can’t handle the truth.

10. How do you define sin?

It’s when you do something and get that horrible feeling in your gut that tells you you definitely shouldn’t have done whatever you did.

11. How do you define virtue?

It’s like the opposite of the above question.

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

It’s completely blank except for three question marks.

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Our future children. I hope they aren’t dicks.

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