This power trio, dubbed ‘The Rhythm Pimps’ hail from Eugene, Oregon; a city known for its oddities and of course a thriving underground music scene. It was rated in the top 10 most thriving music college towns in the US by Rolling Stone. Other bands to have sprung forth out of Eugene are The Cherry Poppin\' Daddies, Floater and The Rock n Rock Soldiers to name a few. The Rhythm Pimps add another chip to the roster of rock that has sprung forth from this Hippy College town.
The Rhythm Pimps are promoting their new album, ‘Identity Crisis’. The majority of the tracks were originally going to be demos, but with the help of Justin Dodge (who just produced Marv-Ellis’ new album) they were able to remix the tracks a bit more professionally, also adding a few new songs to the mix, recorded at a friend’s studio in Veneta, Oregon.
The Drums for Identity Crisis were recorded in Drummer - Brian Kauffman’s basement in Eugene. Brian nailed most of the drum tracks in one take, if not two.
The guitar, bass and vocals were recorded at Anthony McCarthy’s work, after hours, when everyone had gone home for the day. “It was usually just me and the janitor. I was working at a local company that makes educational software and DVDs for at-risk youth. I was our sound engineer so I had access to the sound booth and my boss was actually cool with it.” McCarthy admits.
The tracks sat as demos for a year. “We talked about sending them out to radio stations and record labels but I think we got as far as ordering the manila padded envelopes” says McCarthy. The Rhythm Pimps recorded a few new tracks at ‘Rivacyd Records’ and decided to put a few of those together with the demos and release them as their new album. “We remixed the demos and that was that. Now it’s our next album and I’m really, really proud of it. It was definitely worth the wait.”
‘Identity Crisis’ is a follow up to The Rhythm Pimps’ first D.I.Y. album ‘Groundscore’ released in 2003. ‘Groundscore’ was a chronicling of TRP’s diverse song-writing capabilities, incorporating everything - funk, reggae, a little swing, punk, rock and metal and surf riffs. But in the grand scheme of it, it’s all pop. “Everything we write is poppy underneath whatever skin it’s in. There’s no escaping it. The songs are catchy and memorable and somehow maintain a uniqueness.”
\'Identity Crisis\' a little less scattered and with a new drummer, narrows in a bit more showing how The Rhythm Pimps have evolved to what their sound is for the moment; a mishmash of rock genres, keeping the funk and punk alive. TRP have been known to blend reggae and ska into their live sets but there is no ‘Easy Skankin’ on ‘Identity Crises”.
Formed in high school in 1999 and continuing on, three friends, guitarist Anthony McCarthy, bass player Mike Hoffman and original drummer Dustin Dybevik worked with Greg Riker (former Microsoft employee and Board of Directors for Mackie, Seattle WA.) to independently release their first album, ‘Groundscore’. Later McCarthy and Hoffman parted ways with Dybevik so he could go on to complete a degree in Media Art and Graphic Design from the U of O.
Former fan and friend of the band, hard hitting fill-in drummer Brian Kauffman soon became the permanent fixture for The RP’s. \"He was just what we needed. He came at a time when Mike and I were starting to explore and give birth to some heavier songs\" Anthony says. Former drummer, Dustin Dybevik does show up on the new album credited as the cover designer and graphic artist under Bloodtoe Media.
The Rhythm Pimps have toured the Pacific Northwest. They’ve covered a lot of ground, playing Colleges, outdoor Summer Festivals, dirty Punk Rock bars and house parties. With such a diverse sound, their music crosses many boundaries and finds a nice niche wherever they play. The Rhythm Pimps have shared the stage with the likes of Fishbone, The Toasters, The Phenomenauts, Kristen Hersh and Tarrka just to name a few.
“The Rhythm Pimps – Eugene’s favorite party band” says Pabst Live and Local. The RP’s are planning to record even more material and see how well of a response the new CD creates, and they plan on hitting the road to tour and promote. The Rhythm Pimps are motivated, focused and committed to their craft which is and art form and also a business. As one writer from the Eugene Weekly puts it, “For this trio, exploration is the name of the game, and while pimpin\' ain\'t easy, these guys make it look pretty simple.”