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Instrumental rockers I Know You, Rider are just getting started

The first thing you will notice about I Know You, Rider is that it's an instrumental band. But its music is not just spontaneous noodling: The outfit has been working on its debut EP for over a year now. The four tracks on La Bufadora are driving rock songs, albeit very long ones, and the group already displays an unusual complexity. After the recording process ended, the guys added a second guitarist, and the change has led to a reinvention of the band. So La Bufadora is just the beginning. Guitarists Corey Costello and Rick Messer, drummer Blain Hollander and bassist Wesley Reyna talked to us about where the band's going now.

Westword: What music influences you the most?

Rick Messer: Good question. Probably four different answers.

Blain Hollander: There's probably a lot of obvious ones you can tell just by listening to instrumental music like Mono and Mogwai and stuff like that. But I think we're all pretty diverse in what we actually listen to. Like, Wes is much more of a hip-hop person than anything else, and Rick listens to a lot more hardcore. I'm more of a metal kid, and Corey likes electronic music more than anyone else.

Corey Costello: I do. It's definitely not one unifying thing. There are certain bands that we're all into. The one band, at least for the rhythmic feel of our band, that was really influential was Maserati. They're an instrumental band from Georgia. They're instrumental, but they're very driving, very up-tempo, very going at all times.

BH: And their songs are really structured, too, which is what we really wanted to go for. Instead of having six-minute jams where it's like we're doing the same thing for six minutes and it kind of builds, they're really verse/chorus/verse/chorus. And we decided to do something like that and then throw in Isis, because I think we all listen to a lot of Isis.

How do you think being a sound-engineering student has impacted your music?

CC: For better or worse, when we're playing stuff, I'm always thinking about how it's going to sound recorded. It's stuff that I can't not think about at this point. At the same time, I didn't want to do anything super crazy, like weird production stuff, because I wanted to find a midpoint between polished and still having the energy of us playing live.

What direction are you going in as a band now that the EP is finished?

Wesley Reyna: We're writing new material that all of us are showcased on. The EP gives a good sense of where we want to go and where we started and everything. But it's definitely a starting point. Something we wanted to put out there so that people could listen to it and see kind of what we're like. The live show is much different.

BH: I really suggest seeing us live, also. Once you see us live, the music makes a lot more sense.  

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Kiernan Maletsky is a former Westword intern.
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