Dre Babinski, the sweet-faced violinist of the late, great Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, is heading up to San Francisco right this minute with bandmate Edson Choi (also of the late great DRRB). The duo, collectively known as Miracle Days, will perform a live session of their dreamy pop songs tonight at 7 p.m. on Daytrotter, which you can stream it for $3. After the jump, she talks about how Miracle Days was formed, and gets slightly nostalgic for the past.
On forming Miracle Days: From around the time Dusty Rhodes was closing it's doors, each of us started thinking about what to do next. I started recording and touring with other bands but wanted to do something from scratch. I asked Edson if he wanted to team up on a record, he agreed and we started to demo song ideas.
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Last September, our friends in Dr. Dog had just finished making a record and offered their amazing studio to us. Their engineer, Nathan Sabatino, also hopped on-board, which was an incredible treat. We spent 2 1/2 weeks in Philly recording and solidifying the concepts that define the band.
On how Miracle Days is completely different from Dusty Rhodes and the River Band: It's always good to move on as an artist, but the difference from DRRB wasn't deliberate. Edson had a certain mood in mind and we elaborated on that. I think there is common ground between the two groups; the layering of instruments, string arrangements, and Ed's songwriting. He wrote a lot of the songs on the Dusty records and I think you can hear that in Miracle Days as well.
On missing Dusty Rhodes and the River Band: I miss seeing and just being around everybody. The energy we had when we played together is a hard thing to match. That said, I think we're both glad to move on.
On the name Miracle Days: The loose concept of the record and band is the romanticizing of modern anxiety. Like stepping into a dream-world where one's worries and fears are something beautiful to behold. A pleasurable tension where anxiety is consoling you while being under it's burden, and telling you to enjoy it.