The Chicago Vibe


Color and Sound Ft. Interdependence

K.P. Peters | April 2017

Interdependence is a Chicago Goth/Punk band composed of three of the world’s funniest guys. Their unique sound comes from China White’s lead vocals, bassist Ruben Salcedo, and drummer Ben Russell. With a new single out, an upcoming album, and music videos in the works, I’m glad to feature them as our next guest on Color and Sound.  Check out more of their music here or on Spotify and iTunes, and see their performance of “Human”.

Interdependence by Lauren Stufflebeam

Interdependence by Lauren Stufflebeam

Describe your sound in 5 words or less.

C: Punk rock ballad, post punk, Goth, Emo.

B: You’re out of words.

R: I got this! Tasty, crunchy, scrumptious, alternative beats.

C: That completely clicked on every level, haha.

All your social media says this is a new era for Interdependence. Can you comment on what the new era is, and how that compares to the old?

C: The old era was when we first started. The band was brand new, completely different members. We were a four piece at the time and we wrote the Self Destructive EP and released that on Halloween 2015. Now, a lot has changed, like the sound, style, and members. We are a trio now.

B: Yeah, one dude ran away.

R: We got a lot tighter, too. Our sound earlier was quickly formulated ideas that we just threw together. This era is much different in that we took more time to think through song structure.

B: I can’t speak to the old era, but we have been playing the new songs every week at every practice for like 8 or 9 months, really 6 or 7, before we went into the studio. We still play those songs the way we had them in November.

How did each of you get into music?

R: I fiddled with guitar years ago when I got this shitty little one, and I was never good at it. I think my mom gave it away. It resurfaced in high school when I went to Whitney Young; they have a really fantastic music program. Shout out to Jeffery Peak, he was my teacher and my mentor. We did everything from making recordings to studying music theory.

C: When I was a kid I started playing guitar when I listened to Green Day’s American Idiot. I remember I was using a water bottle cap as the pick and my mom was like, “Okay I better get you some lessons.” So I took lessons for a while, and started song writing in high school.

B: I moved into middle school and didn’t know anyone. I made one friend who was like a guitar prodigy; he started showing me all kinds of music. Turns out I hate sports, so I quit everything I was doing and started singing with this band he was in. Then we made a separate band. I was still doing vocals, but I started learning guitar. I did that for a few years, then the band broke up and I was trying to find a new band. No band needed guitar or vocals, all they needed were drummers. So I got a crappy drum set at a garage sale and started teaching myself.

C: He kicks ass at drums though.

Interdependence by Lauren Stufflebeam

Interdependence by Lauren Stufflebeam

What is your best band memory?

C: The second show we ever played was TB fest. I remember I dressed all fancy and our drummer dressed all fancy and Ruben showed up wearing Ninja Turtle pants and a Disturbed t-shirt.

R: As you can see I have a history of missing the memo. My bandmates wore black, leather, and denim and I showed up in a purple shirt and cargo shorts. Ben wasn’t in the band yet, but a great memory we have was when we played Reggie’s nightclub. We were a newer band really trying to make a name, and we played with a more established band called The Run Around. So we promoted the hell out of that show, we ended up getting $400 in ticket sales. There were probably over 300 people there that night. It was magic.

B: We played The Drunken Donut, and I had this really shitty cymbal stand. Things were coming unscrewed as I was playing them. About half way through our six minute song, the cymbal came off the stand and landed in my lap. I had to play the rest of the song trying not to let it fall or fuck it up.

C: You pulled it off pretty well.

B: Yeah, some dude tried to come and help, but there wasn’t much to do.

What can you tell us about the music video you have coming out?

C: It’s going to be fun. We start filming soon. It’s for the new single “Let Your Demons Out and Play”. This single is more upbeat than “Human”, which was more of a ballad.

B: I think this song gets more of the feel of this album. “Human” gets a lot of the themes, but “Let Your Demons Out” gets more of the vibe.

R: “Human” was more of an experimentation. China came with an idea, a riff, and in the studio I tried to take that into a late 60’s doo-wop type sound.

B: I tried to take that on too. I was very minimalistic till the end. It was us trying new sounds.

R: Yes, but this new track is a lot closer to our roots, way more aggressive. We go a little crazy and it’s going to show in the video. We are going to be smashing stuff, very angry.

C: Shhhh, you can’t give it all away.

Wait, how many music videos are you working on?

C: Two. We are doing “Human”, “Let Your Demons Out” with a video and then the “Human” music video.

R:  We were looking for a dancer for “Human”, but the concept has changed. We have a little more story to it and a little less ballerina.

What can our readers expect from Interdependence in the future?

 C: The music video, coming very soon, with the new single.

R: Some good ass live shows.

B: Have your ass kicked at a punk rock show!

R: Come out to our live shows. Our live shows capture an essence you can’t find anywhere else.

Interdependence by Lauren Stufflebeam