As a member of Rabbit is a Sphere and Everything Absent or Distorted, Robert Rutherford helped bring some of Denver's finest indie rock and pop to life. Those bands have since ceased to be, but Rutherford is still writing in the same idiom, even if the final form is a little different. Channeling some of the same angst and aggression that drove his work as a songwriter, Rutherford spent two months in near isolation writing the poems that would become Dragging Out the Old Cheer
, his first poetry collection. This Saturday, December 14 at Deer Pile
, the book gets its official release
. Before that happens, we caught up with Rutherford to talk about how the book came to be, the role of public transportation and how he's still just an indie rock kid at heart.
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