Ripple Green began when three childhood friends decided to form a band in elementary school. Now, after being together for over ten years, they are releasing a new project that encompasses the journey they have had into adulthood, Timepiece.The new EP was inspired during the band’s six month stint throughout Europe in 2015, and by the recollection given from leaving small town Oklahoma. Alongside the full project release, Ripple Green is also debuting their second single ‘Marble Arch,’ a followup to early July ‘Timepiece.’
The inspiration for the new single came last Easter, when the band stumbled upon hundreds of protesters near the Marble Arch in London’s Hyde Park. A few months later when the band had returned to Oklahoma, they retreated to Joel Parks’ property in the Oklahoma countryside and finalized the remaining tracks that would become Timepiece. The music video for ‘Marble Arch’ portrays the debauchery that came during this time that Ripple Green spent in the middle of nowhere.
How did the band start? What were the early influences that made you guys pick up music?
“We all met when we first started elementary school in Duncan, Oklahoma. The first years of our time as friends consisted of finding creative ways to entertain ourselves, from making short films, to climbing roofs, and eventing our own games. This mindset quickly lead to the idea of starting a band, before any of us owned or played our instruments around age 11. We believed that creating music could provide an escape from mundane life of the southern plains.
Our early influences were a cultivation of the music of our respective childhoods, ranging from British Invasion artists, to even bluegrass and classical. As our lives and music tastes individually progressed we allowed for our new influences to continuously cycle through our sound.” – Lucas Gillette
How was the recording process of the new EP Timepiece (available July 31) ?
“There were two parts to recording the project. The first song, “Timepiece,” was recorded in England with Steven Wilkinson, and the rest of the EP was recorded in Oklahoma with Graham Colton at Lunar Manor. Both processes were pretty different. The song “Timepiece” was written a few days before going into the studio, so the recording seems to portray a more adventurous and non-confined feel, which Steven helped to capture.
Working with an exceptional producer like Graham Colton and his team, provided a comfortable recording
process that helped develop the songs how we had envisioned. We also had the privilege to work with ex-Other Lives members, Jenny Hsu and Colby Owens, who added a fresh dimension to the songs.” – Tremaine Wade
The new single “Marble Arch” has a very interesting video and vibe, what’s the story behind this track?
“The concept for “Marble Arch” was conceived on Easter Sunday during a trip to London. There was a protest of hundreds of people all gathered at the marble arch. Once that energy became bottled up in a song, it became one of our more raucous filled songs as well as one of our favorites to play.
As for the video, we wanted to capture the same rebellious energy that we felt in England at the protest but with an Oklahoma spin on it. We met up with our life long friend and film director Carter Jones, who helped make our vision a reality.” – Joel ParksAny tour dates set to promote “Timepiece”?
“We will be supporting the release of Timepiece with a U.S. tour. Complete details can be found at: www.ripplegreenmusic.com/tour.html” – Tremaine Wade
What are the influences that inspired you guys while recording this new EP?
“The timing of reaching adulthood combined with a 6 month stint in England helped create the overall direction of the Timepiece EP. None of us had previously been to Europe so the people, cultures, and music over there really had an impact on the writing and recording of the project. Also, adulthood seems to bring the perspective of looking at all encounters as a bigger picture and with more depth. I think both sides are seen on this EP.” – Joel Parks
What’s in the future for Ripple Green?
“We will be making our way across the US for the rest of 2015, so keep a look out to see if we’re coming your way! Also, we have a couple new music videos in the works for the Timepiece EP. Once we make it back from the road we will be finalizing the follow-up for this project and preparing it for the studio.” – Lucas Gillette
We sure will.
Keep up the good grooves!