Seven Questions In Heaven With Redlands

Today we're spending Seven Questions In Heaven with Redlands singer Ben Lohle:

Describe your music for our readers who may not be familiar with you.
Well, we're an american indie pop rock band from Denver, CO and we touch on a handful of styles.

Who are your musical influences and idols?
For me personally, I'm very fond of singer-songwriters because it's such raw talent and not like what you see nowadays where these kids hide behind a computer and drag stuff around. Eventually, I see myself taking my music more in that direction because that's my true passion, but I'd say I'm heavily influenced by artists like Tom Petty and Ryan Adams.

What was the first album, cassette, or CD you bought with your own money?
Honestly, I think it was like a Backstreet Boys album. Millennium, I believe haha.

What was the strangest gig you've ever played?
So we had a show cancel on us when we were on tour in Florida a few years back and we wanted to play a show so we all got on the phone and started calling all the bars and venues in the area. Well, we ended up playing this one place, I forget the name, but it was a gay bar and little did we know, but it was known to be the "gayest" bar in Florida haha. Anyways, that was a weird show, but I think we all milked it for what it was worth. We all drank for free and partied pretty well that night and surprisingly they loved our show, or us haha we couldn't tell, but we didn't care.

What is your current favorite guilty pleasure?
Currently, I don't know. I feel like I've cut everything out of my life that I should feel guilty about partaking in, but I like Starbucks now and then.

If they named an ice cream flavor after you, what would be the name and why?
Hmm they'd probably call it Creepy T-Rex because when we go out and get crazy I like to get up on the stage or a table and do my best T-Rex impression haha.

Final question: You're the opening act of a music festival. You can get any five artists, living or dead, to perform on the bill with you. Which five do you choose and what song do you all perform as the final jam?
Tom Petty, The Maine, Augustana, Ryan Adams, Parachute. I think we’d all HAVE to cover "I Want It That Way" by The Backstreet Boys because that would be too great hahaha.

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