By MIKE CHAIKEN
Logan and Roger Raskin follow a long tradition of brothers who lead a rock band.
Sometimes, siblings in rock have a shaky—albeit fruitful— relationship. Ray Davies and Dave Davies of seminal band The Kinks were renowned for their familial squabbles. And Noel and Liam Gallagher of 1990s rockers got into some classic knock-down drag out fights.
However, not all siblings resort to fisticuffs. Malcolm and Angus Young of AC-DC or Eddie and Alex Van Halen of Van Halen have solid and productive relationships.
For Logan and Roger, the sibling ties offer a little bit of both.
Logan, calling from a stop on the Scott Weiland tour in Dallas, said he enjoys writing music with someone else. And he enjoys writing with his brother, who is also his twin.
Logan said he likes having someone whose opinion he can trust and someone he knows will allow him to voice his own opinions
“We could have both written (songs) by ourselves,” said Logan. Logan said the collaboration helps provide a different perspective to each song.
Logan said there sometimes is conflict between the siblings.
“Not everything is sunshine,” said Logan. “We battle it out… There are some long tough hours in the studio.”
But, he said, music is a tough career. “It’s nice to have someone on the ride with you.”
Without the brotherly support, said Logan, “I don’t think we could have accomplished what we have.”
The fruit of their brotherly labors was launched onto the world on May 13. That’s when The Raskins released their first full-length album, “Raskins.”
“We’re really excited about that,” said Logan. “It took one and a half years to write. We took our time putting together the material.”
By the time recording wrapped up, Logan said the group had 50 songs to choose from.
Logan said the band was fortunate to have the privilege of time while recording “Raskins.” In fact, the brothers were going to release the album last July but they decided to hold on to it because they felt they could do even better.
“We’re really excited about the material,” said Logan. “It represents us really well.” Logan said he and Roger felt the album needed to represent their particular writing style and their influences.
Sometimes, Logan said, major labels want an act to record an album that sticks with one particular style. But he and his brother wanted the album to illustrate the breadth of who they are as artists. So, he said listeners who will hear influences that span from the music dotting the New York art scene to the jazzy styles of Steely Dan to the classic 1960s folk harmonies of Simon and Garfunkle to the classic punk fist-in-your-face sounds of the New York Dolls and the Ramones
“We wanted that diversity,’ said Logan. The brothers wanted fans to realize the Raskins were about more than aggressive rock and that their talents lie much deeper musically.
On the day, he was calling from Dallas, Texas, the Raskins were in the middle of a tour with Scott Weiland, the former lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver.
For the Raskins, Logan said the opening slot gig for Weiland was a dream come true. “Scott is a big influence for my brother and I. We’re huge fans of STP and Velvet Revolver.”
“To have a chance to be out with Scott, while he’s playing STP and Velvet Revolver songs and some originals… It’s amazing for us.”
And although the crowds are there for Weiland first and foremost, said Logan, the audiences have been receptive to the music of the Raskins and have been treating the group fantastically.
For the two brothers, the Weiland tour has been a learning experience as to how to put on a show for fans. “He’s a consummate professional. You can always learn from a guy like that.”
“He’s a very cool guy,” said Logan of Weiland. And that coolness extends to Weiland’s band and his whole stage crew.
The tour with Weiland also has helped set the stage for any headlining gigs on tap. Logan said, while some opening acts are limited to 20 to 30 minute sets, Weiland has never hemmed the Raskins in. Weiland often took the stage when Weiland wanted to take the stage. And it was up to the Raskins to play a set list that filled in the necessary time.
“Last night, we played 50 minutes,” said Logan. “We were allowed to show people a lot of different sides (to the group)…. People are surprised when they see us live… We give 100 percent… We give people their money’s worth.”
Logan said, “We’ve got really big things coming this summer.” The band is expected to head back out with Weiland for a few more dates. Then the band is touring with Saving Abel through the end of July.
And the really big news, said Logan, the Raskins is in discussions to open some of the dates of the Motley Crue and Alice Cooper tour. This includes dates at Madison Square Garden in their hometown of New York. “It’s like I died and pretty much gone to heaven,” said Logan of the opportunity to play his hometown’s seminal venue… and to do so with two classic acts of rock and roll.
“Things are starting to click,” said Logan. From here, he said, “The sky’s the limit.”
For more information, go to TheRaskins.com