Some years ago Victoria Rothman was a performance major at Berklee, but she notes it just wasn’t the right time for her saying, “It quickly began to feel like my creative voice was being killed and replaced by modes and scales and jazz standards. I was overwhelmed and miserable, and so eventually it was time for me to leave.” With that, she left and in time headed to Brooklyn where a Craigslist ad led her to a busker named Tim Donlon.
It was pretty much instant when they met. Victoria remembers, “We played together for hours and hours at our initial meeting, it was pretty apparent that we had a musical connection.” After that, they duo later became a trio when Xavier Martinez joined them from yet another ad on good old Craigslist.
People wanna hate on Craigslist, but it brings people together and with that, we pick up this with how those three meshed after Between The Rain was formed, what led her to bass and more.
Kendra: Did you guys initially bond over music, or was there something else that you three were geeking out about?
Victoria: Music has always been the glue that’s kept us together. We’re a super tight-knit group, it’s hard not to be when there are only three of us, but we all have very different personalities and hobbies separate from each other. We’re a strange but complimentary hodge-podge of dynamics. I think that’s why we work so well together.
Kendra: Listening to your guys latest single “Mudroom,” I’m taken back to my high school days of like Breaking Benjamin and Chevelle. Were those the types of bands you personally grew up listening too?
Victoria: Definitely Chevelle — Breaking Benjamin a little more peripherally. I was very into the modern metal sound. As a youngster, I listened to Limp Bizkit and No Doubt, later on, I loved System of a Down, Slipknot, Tool, STP, Lamb of God. These are bands I still love today.
Kendra: Was there a particular band or artist that sparked your interest in the bass?
Victoria: Sam Rivers’ (Limp Bizkit) bass style definitely left an impression on me. I think to stand in front of Bob Hardy’s (Franz Ferdinand) bass amp at Roseland Ballroom and feeling it thump in my chest pushed me towards bass, too.
Kendra: So you have some shows coming up in August. When people head out to see Between The Rain, what can they expect in three words?
Victoria: No gimmicks rock.
Kendra: What’s going on after those shows for you guys? More shows, music?
Victoria: More shows, for sure. We also have an EP coming out later on this summer!
Kendra: Circling back to the style you guys have, if you had to make a mixtape featuring music that helped shape who Between The Rain is, what five songs would have to be on it?