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Five Questions for The Rum and The Sea 

Fantasies fulfilled, crowds dancing, and a supportive music scene


Bend's resident pirate-rock band The Rum and The Sea is poised to take on the summer outdoor music scene. Armed with brutally catchy lyrics about roller derby girls, a sense of humor, and a love for the Bend music scene, The Rum and The Sea has a full summer of shows planned and isout to win a few more fans in the process. Up next are the Fermentation Celebration and Central Oregon Pride, followed by The Bite of Bend and 92.9's Highway 97 Local Music Showcase. Eye patches and peg-legged dancing encouraged.

Source Weekly: If you guys could share the stage with any band throughout time, whom would it be and why?

The Rum and the Sea: Opening for The White Buffalo last year at The Belfry pretty much fulfilled that fantasy. Jake is an immensely gifted songwriter with such a unique talent for gritty singing. Huge inspiration for us all around.

SW: What song gets the best crowd reaction when you play live?

TRATS: We do a few covers that get everyone singing along. "Ain't No Sunshine" for one, but "Time Is A Stranger," one of our heavier, piratey originals, is our go-to for getting a crowd on their feet.

SW: What do you like most about the Bend music scene?

TRATS: The supportive community of musicians, for sure. Of all the incredible locals we've shared a stage with, none of them look at this as a competition. We all help each other promote shows, loan gear, etc. With all the hectic events going on in this town, having that support system is key to getting anything done.

SW: What's next for The Rum and The Sea?

TRATS: We're trying to split time between some crazy fun summer festivals and the studio. Also, we're making a nude calendar to raise money for gymnophobia awareness.

SW: If The Rum and The Sea had a spirit animal, what would it be and why does it best represent you guys as a whole?

TRATS: That's a deep question. We might need to wait until July to answer that with the gravity it deserves.

The Rum and The Sea at Central Oregon Pride

1:30 pm, Saturday, June 20

Drake Park, 777 NW Riverside Blvd.


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