By Deaglan Howlett | Posted Thursday, July 25, 2019
Rainville is the latest project from Freddie Koechlin, based out of Red Bank, New Jersey. Freddie also plays bass and sings in America Part Two, a rock outfit also based out of Red Bank. However, Rainville seems to be a departure from the raucous sounds of AP2. Rainville’s latest single, “More Than Anything”, appears to be a step in the singer/songwriter direction. With beautiful finger picked guitar and a passionate vocal take, Freddie proves he is more than capable of quieting down when he is not playing with AP2. Freddie was kind enough to answer a few questions I had about Rainville for Jersey Indie. Thanks again!
What made you choose "Rainville" as the name of your new project?
Rainville is actually my Mom’s maiden name. Since this project is all solo material so far, the name Rainville definitely fits for me and helps paint a vibe.
How did Rainvile start?
2 years ago my band America Part Two/friends moved into a house with each other. We influenced each other because we wrote and jammed every single day. We usually write as a unit which in return helps us find who we are as songwriters individually.
How do you approach songwriting for Rainville compared to America Part Two?
I think America Part Two writes best in our live energy. I think it’s amazing and most fun when one of us will bring a little idea to practice, it allows the 3 of us to do our thang. For Rainville I prefer to write completely alone. I’ll write in the house, at the park etc... but I most enjoy when I can write and release all my thoughts and energy alone.
What does Rainville mean to you? As a project and a name?
Rainville means everything to me. It’s my family name, and I chose it to represent myself and the group because I do really like it and it’s honoring the fam. This project is intended to help document and understand my family’s history. It’s to promote positivity and I’d hope to show any other weirdos like my friends and I, that the answer is in the art and helping others.
Tell me about your latest single, "More Than Anything." Who did you record with? What was that like? What does this song mean to you? Why did you choose this to be the first Rainville release?
I recorded with Stephen Kellner from NJ! Steve and I recorded a bunch of songs, some that I still hope to finish soon! We tracked 9 songs in 3 days. Steve produced, engineered and mastered. For “More Than Anything” we rigged up a mic on the floor and a mic for my guitar. I live tracked the guitar and my foot stomps... we tracked vocals after. When I was writing this song it was one of those moments where you feel your life changing, and I felt cleansed from the feelings/emotions the very song captured. I released it first because it felt like my true first song.
What is it like recording all of your own instruments compared to playing with a band?
For any full band song I would much rather live-track drums, bass and guitar (recording in the same room at the same time) then... overdub vocals and other guitars.
I feel that captures the live experience as best as possible while also keeping that audible quality. For Rainville, I’m working to get to the point of live-tracking guitar and vocals and then layering the rest. “More Than Anything,” for example, I tracked guitar... then vocals.
Any plans for full band shows?
We are hopefully gonna jam more full band shows for the rest of eternity! Also keep an ear open for new music! I’m finishing up a lot of new stuff in the studio with Rob Chiarappa of The Stolen. Don’t want to say anything too soon but it’s All Good!!!!!! And to all Y’all reading this!!! Thank you for your time!!! If you want... follow @AmericaPartTwo and @Rainville.usa !!!