To kick off the 10th annual Rockstock & Barrels Festival — an all-day affair featuring extreme sports competitions, live music, and local vendors — The Wave recently caught up with Rob Lawless, composer/rhythm guitarist of Ethoscope, about headlining at this year’s event.
Q: What exactly is an “Ethoscope?”
Lawless: Technically, it’s not in the dictionary, but “etho“ means character and “scope” means zeroing in. And that is what we do. We really get to the nitty gritty of who we are and express it through sound.
[The name] means a lot to us, you know, having five different people to make one pure thing, you really got to zero in to what you’re doing.
Q: How are you guys preparing for Rockstock & Barrels X?
Lawless: Over the winter time, from January to March, we recorded three of our tracks —“Sweet Mother Mary,” “Found By Chance,” and “Without Your Love.”
We then mixed, mastered and put them on iTunes and Spotify.
Two weeks ago, we released the music video for “Sweet Mother Mary” and we have an upcoming video to be released shortly.
We also have merchandise [which will be available for sale at the event]. We wanted to be well established for the 10th annual Rockstock & Barrels Festival.
Q: What are some of the crowds like at Rockstock?
Lawless: So, this is going to be our third year playing the festival. The first time we played, we were newbies. There were a lot of people, but they were all scattered.
The next year, we played at 1 p.m., and there were a lot more people.
From 3 – 6 p.m., I just remember it started to look like Woodstock.
This year, we play at primetime [5 p.m. ] to close the show. We’re really eager to see what this year has to offer.
Q: How did you guys get started?
Lawless: Me and [lead singer] Jessie May, established this band three years ago. We didn’t have the same bassist or the same drummer when we started. Now, we’re just one unified group.
Q: If you could compare your sound to any other recording artist today, who would it be and why?
Lawless: Take the Alabama Shakes, mix it with a little bit of Incubus, throw in some music from the class of the 1950’s and a side-order of heavy rock, and that will be our sound.
Q: What do you hope to achieve with your performance this year?
Lawless: We want to make this a catapult performance. We’re doing a lot this summer. From wintertime to now, our crowds have grown. This is the kind of precedent we’re trying to set for the year to come.
To learn more about the band and upcoming performances, visit ethoscope.net; and be sure to catch them at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, for their headliner performance at the 10th annual Rockstock & Barrels Festival.