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Rasputina gives chamber music a goose

Why was Rasputina all female at first?

I think to have it be just girls, that was all part of the aesthetic. I thought it would look amazing and go with the vibe.

When did you decide it would be OK to have a guy in the band?

Rasputina takes a bow in Miami.
PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVE WRIGHT/KRT
Rasputina takes a bow in Miami.

When Jonathan started wearing pigtails.

Rasputina did the major-label thing for a while; now you're indie. Are you comfortable with the changes?

Yeah, we got what they had to offer back in that day, but I think things have gone in more positive ways as it's gotten smaller. Columbia and Sony, they were always really good about giving us control and not making us do anything stupid. But with those big companies, you're really discouraged from being in touch with people, with fans, an audience. You don't have a real connection or a feel that anyone cares or is listening. Other people read your mail for you, you're removed from people, you go out to a tour bus and you're not in touch. But the last few years, we'll do a receiving line after almost every show — we'll go out and shake hands with everybody and say hi. You don't make much money, so it gives you a good feeling that people do care and that we need to make this music for people who want to hear it... that there's some kinda point to all of this.

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