by Danielle Holian
How and when did the band form?
We formed in 2013. A bunch of us had played in a band called Dead Ellington prior. We had a small line up change, different songs, and started Rebuilder.
Where did your name “Rebuilder” originate from?
In our former band, we had a record called Refuse, Rethink, Rebuild. It felt appropriate to name the band Rebuilder. I personally was having a lot of personal changes in my life. I wasn’t sure I wanted to start another band after being in one for a long time without success. I was ready to call it quits. I had some new songs that I felt it would be sad if I didn’t give them a chance. Rebuilder was more than fitting in a lot of ways.
Who are your influences?
As a band our influences range from Against Me! to Thin Lizzy. It’s all over the place. Actually a lot of our influences comes from the bands we play with. Diarrhea Planet, Save Ends, Trophy Lungs, Choke Up, The Darker Hues, Great White Tourist, etc.
Why did you choose Gnarly Punk as your genre?
We play a lot of places that when you walk in you instantly think the place is “gnarly”. For better or worse.
How has your music evolved since the band began?
The first EP was a bunch of songs I (Sal) had written. Rock and Roll In America is us as a collective unit writing songs together and challenging ourselves.
How did it feel to open for the likes of The Dropkick Murphys and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones?
Getting to play a stage with bands of that size is a huge honor. We hope it continues.
What are your hopes for the future?
We will continue to tour, make our way to Europe, and put out more records.
What has been a highlight for the band so far?
We played Fest in Gainesville, Florida 2015. We had played Fest before but we were a better band now and we decided to play Blink 182’s Dude Ranch. It was an important record for me growing up and it was going to be a lot of fun. We were having some issues with some of the songs when we were practicing them in Boston. I decided to try and contact Tom Delonge for some help on the songs. He agreed to watch us rehearse via Skype. We plugged my laptop into the PA so we could hear him. He would yell “Stop! Stop! That’s not how Mark sings!” or “Scott played it faster”. We had a problem with a part in Lemmings. Tom decided to bring Scott Raynor in on Skype too. He said it was the first time they talked in a very long time. It was great that they offered to help with something that meant a lot to us. It came time for us to play it live. The room exploded on Halloween night at Dirty Nelly’s in Gainesville at Fest. Everyone was singing a lot and the room was chaos. After this was uploaded we got an email from Tom saying we did a great job. He quit Blink-182 the next day.
Any last words?
Thank you for the support. Come out to a show and say hi.