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First up for today’s live mix was “Apples” off of the band’s 2010 release Time For Hummus. Rolie Polie Guacamole is best known for their playful lyrics and the group had a blast playing this track live in the studio. Gallo’s whimsical personality really came out on this track as he sang, “Take a bite of the apple, crunch and crunch and chew.” Quickly followed by Barr and Ruzhilin harmonizing with upbeat echoing shouts of “chew and chew” that surely elicited a giggle from any listener.
The next track up was “Triathlon” which may be featured on an upcoming fourth EP from the band to be released in the near future. This track showed a more rough side of Rolie Polie Guacamole with a breakdown during the middle that revolved around the running part of a triathlon. Gallo grit his teeth and yelled, “pedal, pedal, pedal, pedal, pedal, pedal!”
Wrapping up the set was an old favorite for longtime Rolie Polie Guacamole fans, “Always Brush Your Teeth.” The great thing about Rollie Polie Guacamole songs is that they are both fun and educational for their young listeners. Parents definitely appreciate this track as it emphasizes the importance of brushing your teeth at least twice a day, “just like dad always does!”
The band is now Live Music Week veterans on The Playground and have been coming back for years in a row. The Brooklyn based band explained their costumes for their live studio performance as a tribute to two back-to-back Halloween costume themed shows in their hometown next week.
In the past, Rolie Polie Guacamole has worked with the YMCA to help children get involved in music by hosting events and classes that encourages them to pick up instruments and just simply start moving to a beat. Gallo and Ruzhilin have also hosted weekly sing-a-long events at Perch Café in Ditmas Park in the past years.
Currently the band is working on a stop-motion music video for their new hit song, “Fire Truck.” Rolie Polie Guacamole has been hard at work writing new material and is aiming to release a fourth full-length album by springtime. There is a chance that a short EP will be released before then – so stay tuned to The Playground here at WERS for all of the most up-to-date announcements.