Posts Tagged ‘Reddit’

Brains Out For Rock Band 3 On Xbox 360

Friday, March 16th, 2012

“Brains Out” is now playable on Rock Band 3 for Xbox 360 and can be purchased either from the in-game music store, Live Marketplace on the 360 dashboard, or online from the following link :

Thanks to Redditor Vince Caccamo for hooking this up and That Authoring Group for transcribing it and putting us in the game!

RIBS Performer Magazine Interview (Jan 2011)

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

From this month’s Performer (Spotlight column):

Asked how Boston has affected their sound, Oquist jokes, “The bitter
winter has dulled us from expressing joy.”

For some, the heavy sound may be too much to handle. The band knows this and even jokes about it. “If you listen to RIBS all day you will get depressed,” Oquist jokes.

“I don’t think we’re depressing,” Freund replies.
“Empowering?” Oquist asks.

“It just depends. Like how Jay-Z says when he listens to Radiohead he wants to slit his wrists. But, when I listen to Radiohead I get excited and energized. Maybe I want to slit Jay-Z’s wrists,” Freund jokes.

With themes of obsession, revenge and betrayal in their music, RIBS have slowly captured a steady fan base in the college town and are looking to gain more converts across the country. They have had a steady slew of dates in Boston, with the goal of performing outside the city as much as possible in 2011 in order to grow a larger fan base. Their Boston shows have garnered much acclaim and have led to the band being hailed as one of the must-see acts in town by local press.

When Freund posted on the popular news site Reddit about the release of British Brains, the onslaught of public praise was overwhelming. The post became one of the most popular in history of the site, helping RIBS sell 600 copies of the EP in the first week of its release.

“It showed us that we were on to something and inspired us to keep moving,” Freund says. “People were basically telling us you can’t stop now and don’t take another five years to put out your next EP.”

For the full story, check out this month’s issue of Performer (Jan 2011).

RIBS: Sonicbids Indie Pick of the Week (INTERVIEW)

Monday, October 4th, 2010


Revenge, obsession, and betrayal are the themes of the music of the band RIBS. The band was formed by two friends with a common love of music in a high school in Atlanta. But soon after moving to Boston and fleshing out the rest of the group, they have taken the city by storm. Darkly energetic and possessing a shifting ambiance, the band has drawn approval in its year of performing for increasingly rabid audiences. We had a chance to talk with Keith Freund (lead vocals/guitars) and Chris Oquist (drums) about their best gig, their success with social media, and where they’re heading to next.

When/How did you first start playing music?

Keith: [Bassist] Blake [Fusilier] played violin when I met him. Then out of nowhere he picked up a bass and informed me that we were starting a band, and that I had better figure out how to play my guitar or else he would be kicking me out of our band. We played with a couple drummers throughout high school, did a couple gigs, but mostly focused on writing songs. Then we moved from Atlanta to Boston and met [guitarist] Justin [Tolan], who had just been featured in Guitar Player magazine as this shred guitar prodigy, so I didn’t think much of it until I heard he was actually into a lot of the stuff I was into at the time like Muse and Radiohead, not metal. That instantly piqued my interest. And Chris was the same way. He came out of the metal scene but was always talking to us about Paul Simon and pop stuff.

What’s the best gig you ever played?

Chris: Newbury Comics invited us to play their flagship store for Record Store Day this year, opening up for Circa Survive. We got to celebrate independent music, support maybe the best indie retailer in the country, and play with a band we look up to all at once. That’s probably been my favorite show so far.

Keith: Yeah, that one was a lot of fun. And it was an interesting contrast since normally we’re in some dark club with bright lights, going on late, but this was a bright, well-lit record store with a bunch of young kids that can’t wait to see Anthony Green a foot away at 4:30 in the afternoon. And all the guys in Circa Survive were humble, laid back dudes. I thought they were roadies until they hopped on stage and the crowd started going crazy.

How has social media affected the way you market/promote your music?

Keith: Social media is a multiplier of all the real-life stuff we do. When we play a good show, everyone can instantly Twitpic it and everyone that follows them can say “Oh wow, I didn’t know RIBS has live piranhas on stage. I’m totally bringing my grandmother to the next show because she loves wildlife” or whatever. And when someone gets a flyer from us, they can scan a QR code on it with their phone, which allows them to listen to us right there and RSVP to the Facebook event.

Chris: It’s like the digital and physical realities are coming together. Combining social media with the support we’ve gotten from local retail and press made British Brains a really successful debut release. It’s pretty crazy that our first album was one of Boston’s biggest releases that week. Things like Reddit have had a lot to do with that.

Keith: Yeah, we have to give a shout out to the Reddit community specifically. Reddit is a “social news aggregator.” Meaning people submit news stories from other sites, then users can “up-vote” the stories they find interesting and “down-vote” the stuff they don’t. After I posted our EP there, it became the top-voted music post of all time. 10,000 people listened to our EP in the first day. It was an unbelievable thing, really. I don’t think so much could have ever happened so quickly for us if this weren’t 2010. Reddit was our Ed Sullivan show.

What’s your prediction for the next big advancement in how we find/listen to/share music?

Chris: I don’t know if there’s one next big thing. Right now there’s this amazing convergence of places where music fans can connect with bands whether its tools for discovering new music, like Pandora, Grooveshark, Jango, or Shazam; ways to connect, like Facebook and Twitter; ways to sell music or tickets like Bandcamp and Eventbrite. That combined with the tidal wave of people who can now blog, post pictures or video online, and share new bands they’re psyched about are where we’re at right now. Finding out how to spin it all together to reach new fans and connect with the people who love your music is a really exciting thing.

Keith: I think from an artist’s perspective, we should all cross our fingers and hope that fans and bigger artists start using Bandcamp to share music instead of Youtube. And Bandcamp is making that prospect tastier and tastier every day by improving their widgets and not overcomplicating things. But I also think the music industry needs to calm down about finding the next big thing. Let’s improve the things we have. Facebook pages are getting really, really close to being amazing. And you’ve got to go where the fans are. If people could buy our music with one click on Facebook the way they can on Bandcamp, without ever leaving the page, I think it’d be unbeatable. I love the idea of Pandora and, but I think what we’re finding now is that for people that aren’t music obsessive, word of mouth is still what people trust above everything else. That, and Grey’s Anatomy.

What’s your next big gig coming up? When/Where?

Chris: October 6th at the Middle East Downstairs in Boston. Pirate!, the Middle East, and Well-Rounded Radio put an event on each month called Rock Shop, where panelists and musicians get together to share ideas about the music business. Keith will be sitting on a panel talking about our experience with Reddit, and we’ll be playing the party afterwards. It should be awesome. We’ll also be opening for Helmet at the Middle East Downstairs on Oct. 20th.

Check out more on RIBS here.

Bostonist Show Preview: Wadzilla Mansion w/ Dirty Dishes & Bloody Knives

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

“RIBS the band may be mostly reddit nerds, but the hard rock group can still serve up a searing steak… er, live music performance. After enduring endless puns about the suitability of its name for a rock barbecue, RIBS has decided to host just that, assembling the equally appropriately named (and dark rock inclined) Dirty Dishes and Bloody Knives to round out the musical menu. Wadzilla Mansion will play hardcore host to this grungy barbecue, where RIBS’ dark-glam melodies will mingle with Dirty Dishes’ slick riffs and gorgeous vocals to make a substantial sonic meal, topped off with Bloody Knives’ muddled electro-static wanderings. The food precedes the sounds, so show up early for a chance to nosh on real ‘cue prior to filling your ears with musical sustenance.”


British Brains: Reddit’s #1 Music Post Of All Time

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

RIBS would like to thank the Reddit community for making British Brains the top scoring Reddit music post of all time. Hear it now on Bandcamp:

More ways to purchase:

British Brains on iTunes
British Brains on Amazon MP3
Physical Copies