It’s not everyday you meet a band that truly understands the passion and work ethic it takes to make it in this crazy business. It’s not everyday that you meet a band that has a true connection with their fans, that take the time to talk, hangout and listen to every single fan. Today was a day that I met that band – The Raskins.
Comprised of twin New York born and raised brothers, Logan and Roger Raskin were born in this business. Their father, Tony Raskin, was a Broadway actor starring in feature roles in South Pacific, Oklahoma, and Damn Yankees just to name a few and their mother, Judy Lee Raskin, an accomplished jazz singer. “Watching my dad perform and watching the audience react to him – that’s what grabbed me into the entertainment business” said Roger Raskin (guitar), who as a kid would sit at the high end of the piano playing while brother Logan (lead vocals) would sit at the low end playing. “We didn’t have any TVs in the house but we didn’t need that, music filled the house.” Influenced not just from their parents but also from the NYC rock scene with Blondie, The Ramones, and the New York Dolls, the brothers knew this is exactly what they wanted to do. And they have certainly done it well.
This past May, The Raskins released their debut album and it’s good – really good (click here for my review) but it’s not just the music itself that makes it good, it’s the passion in it that you hear past the chords that really makes this record special. “This records is ours, we recorded, we mixed it – it wasn’t easy but it’s our”. Roger and Logan played all the instruments, recorded it themselves and mixed the record themselves – and that’s not an easy task to tackle. “We wanted to do it our way”. The record is raw and organic – no autotune, no funky modulating effects – just pure rock ‘n’ roll. Plug and play. They took what they did in the studio and applied it to their live show.
Backed by an incredible team of musicians (Johnny Martin – bass, Jet Lopez – guitar, Troy Patrick Farrell – drums), The Raskins are in the midst of touring the country opening up for Motley Crue’s Farewell tour. They are gaining new fans by the thousands at every show they open and it’s not just from the live performance but the interaction and relationships they have with their fans. After their set, they go out and meet everyone at their merch booth and spend the rest of the show signing autographs taking pictures and, more importantly, taking to them. Roger: “We understand the importance the connection between the band and the audience is.” Logan: “We answer every email, every tweet and fans know that they can reach us and that is what it is about.”
That really is what it is about – connecting with the fans. The Raskins are truly great band and even better people. They have a work ethic that’s like no other and they put 110% on that stage every night. Do yourself a favor and see The Raskins perform as soon as possible and buy their record now. They have a long and successful future ahead of them.
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