Welcome to Orlando Weekly
's "Band of the Week
." Every week, we highlight one of our favorite local bands. This week, we're pleased to bring you Raspberry Pie
Raspberry Pie are playing the Twisted Bazaar at St. Matthews Tavern on Tuesday, Oct. 17. They are also throwing a Halloween dance Party (aptly named "The Super Sexy Halloween Party") on Oct. 28 at the Henao Contemporary Center. "In addition to playing a solid hour and a half of live dance music, we’ll have face painting, photo booths, and a costume contest. It'll be the Halloween party equivalent of that one house that always gave out king-sized candy bars, but with funk instead of candy bars."
Just the facts:
Who's in the band?
Douglas Horne - Guitar/Vocals
Ryan Goodwin - Keys/Vocals
Nick L’Heureux - Sax
Zac Howard - Bass
CLYDE - Robot drummer
When did the band form?
The first iteration of Raspberry Pie came about in 2010, but the current lineup of the band has been in place since the summer of 2016.
Currently available releases:
Our first LP, People, Places, and Things
is available on Spotify, Bandcamp, iTunes and everywhere in between.
Our main website is Raspberrypiemusic.com
, which we mostly use as a means of directing people to our social media pages. Speaking of social media, we’re pretty good about posting to Instagram. Feel free to follow us at @Raspberrypieinthesky for incriminating and/or embarrassing photos of various bandmembers! … Mostly Nick.
Describe your sound in five words:
Tongue in cheek dance music
What has been your most memorable show so far?
Our set at Tampa Bay Comic Con 2016 was pretty memorable, from the sound, to the crowd, to playing our entire set in costume! (We went as Link, Spike Spiegel, Itachi Uchiha and Monkey D. Luffy, respectively.) That being said, our first show at Natura (back when the band was comprised of Doug, Ryan and CLYDE) will always be a standout show for us, as Natura, typically a lowkey coffee shop, turned into Studio 54 once we started playing our song "Loveseat," and remained that way until we finished the song some 20 minutes later. When the people keep dancing, we keep playing.
Which local band is your favorite one to play a show with?
It’s hard to name just one, but we always love playing with Run Raquel. Their music is also dance-oriented, but in more of a rock vein which complements our sound rather nicely. We’re also HUGE fans of the Uke-A-Ladies, and love playing with them whenever they’re around.
What description gets used for your band that you would most
like to correct people on? Why?
There isn’t much to correct, really. Almost everyone that comes up to us after one of our shows typically uses the words “fun,” “exciting” and “different” to describe our sound and our show, which is exactly what we’re going for. As long as the audience is dancing and having fun, we’re happy. We would, however, like to take this opportunity to state publicly that we are in no way related to Raspberry Pi computers.
What’s your favorite thing about being an Orlando band? What's your least favorite? Why?
In terms of size, Orlando is the ideal city for a healthy music scene. It’s small enough that the music community is a relatively tight knit and friendly one. If this were New York or L.A., there would be more bands competing for fewer slots with much higher stakes, so we’re very fortunate in that respect. Unfortunately for said community, the number of venues in town has dropped dramatically. In the last year and a half alone, we’ve lost Natura, Sleeping Moon and The Red Lion; places where bands could cut their teeth and really figure out their sound before trying their luck at bigger venues.
Any big news to share?
THERE WILL BE NEW RASPBERRY PIE MUSIC IN EARLY 2018, so if you haven’t followed us on Spotify, now would be a good time to do so, assuming you like funky dance music. And honestly, who doesn’t like funky dance music at least a little bit?