Alternative rock duo Middle Class Rut is starting to make a name for themselves. With songs already on some notable soundtracks and previous supporting gigs for some big name acts, MC Rut was already making some waves on the scene. That was before Uproar Festival, the band is quickly becoming a highlight of the side stages with every Uproar gig they play. We got a chance to sit down with vocalist/guitarist Zack Lopez during the band’s stop in Mansfield, MA last week. Here’s what he had to say:
MPR: What is the most exciting part of being on this year’s Uproar Festival?
ZL: I think just promoting the new record, being out and playing new stuff, seeing people with the new record and a set with new songs in it.
MPR: How does your live performance change in a festival setting versus in a small club?
ZL: It really doesn’t. It’s more or less how we wake up that day, and how the crowd is reacting. But there’s no real different plan whether we’re in a tiny place, or a massive place. We kinda do our same thing anyway.
MPR: I noticed during your set, you had somebody playing an empty beer keg, what’s the story with that?
ZL: Our new record has tons of sounds that are like that, tons of metal and different stuff. We brought this guy on and sent him the record, and told him ‘hey we need these kind of sounds, it’s got to sound this way’, and he came up with a brake drum from a car and all that kind of shit to replicate the sounds on the record, and that’s just what he uses live.
MPR: Who has put on the best live performance that you’ve seen?
ZL: Rage Against the Machine. TOOL is a close second, it’s completely different. In terms of like aggression and excitement you can’t beat Rage, I saw them again after they hadn’t played in forever in some small place, at the Palladium in LA, it was just the best show I’ve ever seen in my life.
MPR: I’ve seen your video for “Aunt Betty” and it’s very interesting to say the least, where did you guys come up with an idea like that?
ZL: Lance, the guy who did it, it was kind of his concept, we knew we wanted something like it. We had always been talking about making a video where I was pushing Sean in a wheelchair; kind of like Texas Chainsaw style. I was kind of like that guy with the wheelchair and the hitchhiker, so we kind of wanted that sort of vibe, and we told that to Lance and then he combined that with his whole idea and then Sean ends up cross-dressing and yeah so it kind of made itself.
MPR: I’ve always wondered about bands in video games, now you guys had a song in NHL 12, are you hockey fans? How did that whole thing come about?
ZL: Don’t know anything about hockey, and know even less about how our song got on there. We didn’t even know we were on it, until we read comments like ‘hey! I heard you guys on NHL12!’ We knew we were on the NBA game, but no one really told us about the hockey one so your guess is as good as mine.
MPR: What is the song-writing process like for you guys? Is it collaborative or do you each kind of do your own thing and then put it together?
ZL: It’s got a little bit of everything; I think we’re both always working on music. Whenever you bring it together with two people, it always changes from what it was. I don’t think there’s ever been an instance where a song has been completely done by one side. So it kind of changes, but it really depends on the song.
MPR: What’s it like to be back on tour with Alice in Chains again?
ZL: It’s awesome, we’re lucky in the sense that they’re familiar, super awesome guys. And we’ve also toured with Circa Survive before, so coming on this tour, it’s way easier to get your routine going with familiar people around, so it’s been rad.
MPR: Who is one artist that you would like to collaborate with sometime in the future?
ZL: Shit, that’s a tough one. I always thought it would be cool to sing a song with the guy from Against Me, I’m way into that band and was into those records. It depends on how it’s gonna go too, I mean could collaborate with 100 different people, but you don’t wanna do it where your management sets something up, and you just send a track. It would be cooler to get in a room with whoever, so that it actually feels like you’re doing something together instead of like a business transaction.
MPR: My last question is sort of a Mosh Pit Report tradition for our interviews, if you could have any superpower what would it be?
ZL: Probably; to be able to turn my blood into alcohol so it would be easier to get drunk.