Listening to the pre-release EP available to stream on major online locations and Soundcloud, it is not out of mind to hear why this band is being lauded for their craft. With a soothing timber that is essential, Olivia Reardon’s voice takes you into another world, that is filled with romantic imagery. And for the talents of her band, The Interlopers, they have a sound that can only be described as Jazz On Fire, hot to the touch and nails you to your place, a musical force to be admired and respected. Olivia Reardon’s sound could be called a mix of Erykah Badu soul and the gospel-tinged blues of The Black Crowes. “Jazzy, funky, r&b, rock, blues, country,” she calls it.
The EP and upcoming album was recorded at WaveLab studios Tucson where Neko Case and Calexico have recorded their chart busting albums.
In commentary, the band has stated “As far as the sound, and this is just my opinion… we always joke that we are like a good mix-tape – the types of music may be from all sorts of styles and genres but it all works well together. We try to write and play stuff that we would listen to – and that honestly a lot of other bands aren’t doing. It has taken us a while to figure out what we wanted to be as a band. We know that Olivia’s voice is amazing – and the band itself is solid – but it has taken us a while to find how to make our sound unique. We try to cross genres and make the music as interesting as possible.”
“Mike and I have known each other forever, we have been best friends since we were little kids. We have played in (so many) bands together since middle school. 10 years ago, kind of as a tribute to our dads, we started a Pink Floyd tribute band ‘Atom Heart Mother’. That’s where we met Daniel. Daniel has played & recorded in many bands in Tucson & Chicago throughout the years. I had met Olivia – we were both hired to work on a recording project – and she immediately came to mind when the Pink Floyd project was looking for a female backup singer. Well… it didn’t take long for us to realize that Olivia was incredible. We all really respected each other as musicians, but more importantly we all bonded as friends/family, so we decided that we wanted to create a project with Olivia as the front person. Before moving to Tucson, Olivia spent about 10 years singing at various clubs in Los Angeles – sitting in with an impressive list of bands/musicians”.
A native Ohioan, Reardon says of her roots, “Our family wasn’t rich, but music was always around to help guide us along.” Surrounded by music and strong female voices, she learned young that music “brings joy and happiness. [Providing] a way to heal, distract and keep going.” And she’s paying it forward: “I hope I’m teaching that to my little boy, Dillon.”
Cutting her teeth in the Irish Catholic church choir and community theater, Reardon eventually performed in a successful 8-piece funk band. “We had gone as far as we could go.” Encouraged by friends, Reardon left Ohio for Los Angeles. She tended bar and waited tables. One place, the tiny jazz-blues club The Baked Potato, kicked ass. The star-rich jam nights drew rock stars, jazz greats and movie greats—from Guns N’ Roses to Ike Turner to Chick Corea to Bruce Willis.
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