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The Rebel Noise is hitting the road. The four-piece Palm Springs rock band was formed in 2011 by brother-and-sister team Collin Pintor (lead guitar) and Ashley Pintor (drums), as well as Leopoldo Rodriquez (guitar/vocals); Ben Travis (bass) later joined the fold. The group is heading for San Diego, Santa Barbara and Atascadero later this month to share music and make new friends and fans. They’ll be back on local stages soon—including a New Year’s Eve show at Schmidy’s Tavern in Palm Desert. In the meantime, follow them and hear their music at www.reverbnation.com/therebelnoise and www.facebook.com/the.rebel.noise. Travis, 42, was recently was kind enough to answer The Lucky 13, as was Ashley Pintor, 29.


Ben Travis

What was the first concert you attended?

The Charlie Daniels Band with Molly Hatchet as openers. I was, like, 7 or 8, and have no clue why my parents would take me to that.

What was the first album you owned?

Devo (the one where they are wearing flower pots on their heads).

What bands are you listening to right now?

The Black Angels, Korn, Oasis, Buckcherry, and Tom Petty.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Jazz.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Led Zeppelin.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

I am a sucker for pop music.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“I’m on the night train; I can never get enough,” Guns N’ Roses, “Night Train.” I had various images about that lyric in high school until I read later on in life it was about Izzy and Slash drinking $2 bottles of cheap wine called Night Train.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Kurt Cobain. (He showed) how simple songs can be great songs.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I have so many questions for so many musicians, it’s hard to answer.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Not sure about that. I can see the intro to “Hells Bells” being played at some point, though. That would be badass.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction. That album was my anthem in my teenage years.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Man, that varies (depending) on everyone’s situation and condition at the moment.


Ashley Kay Pintor

What was the first concert you attended?

The Ataris.

What was the first album you owned?

It’s really sad that I’m having difficulty remembering this. I was a late bloomer with music. Possibly No Doubt.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Band of Skulls, The Kills, Band of Horses, The Dead Weather, Daft Punk, TOKiMONSTA. Umm, everything.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

I don’t mean to offend, but it’s got to be country. Sorry, guys. I’m not a hater; I just really don’t get it.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Nirvana, whether it be Unplugged or the Live and Loud concert they played in Seattle. Either way, I know it would be legend—wait for it—dary!

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

As of late, I hate to admit this: Katy Perry! It makes me want to go put whipped cream on my boobs and top them off with cherries.

What’s your favorite music venue?

I would have to say the Mesa Amphitheatre.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“If you want to sing out, sing out. And if you want to be free, be free, ’cause there’s a million things to be. You know that there are.” Ohhh, Cat Stevens.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

I would have to definitely say there are two: Postal Service got me through some pretty insane moments in my life. I wont get “emo” right now. Second, the Foo Fighters. Because of Dave Grohl and also getting to meet Taylor Hawkins, my love for music has gone through the roof. The energy and love for music the men in that band have is incredible, and they continue to out-do themselves with each new album.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

Dave Grohl: “Can I buy you a beer?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Foo Fighters, “Everlong” (acoustic, of course).

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Foo Fighters, The Colour and the Shape.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Umm … I’ll answer that at our next show. 😉

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