A Conversation With SoCal-Based Rock Band, Tuesday’s Rain

Tuesday's Rain - Photo by Bryan Schroat at Shutter To Think Photography

Tuesday’s Rain are a father-son band (Bob Hargrove, guitars-vocals; Alex Hargrove, drums) hailing from the Simi Valley area. They are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to their “Dream Another Day” album. Tuesday’s Rain has been described as a cross between Kings of Leon and Coldplay. Classic lyrical themes meet layered production in their tracks, offering an eclectic mix of progressive rock and catchy classic rock sensibility, augmented by the intricate stylings of Bob’s 12-string guitar. Tuesday’s Rain is a fixture at local music festivals and fundraisers and have played many sought-after venues such as the “Rock the Economy” kickoff at the Henderson Pavilion in Nevada, Rock for Freedom Festival (Las Vegas), and The Canyon Club, to name a few.

All Access Magazine’s Debra Stocker (AAM) recently chatted with both Bob Hargrove (BH) and son, Alex Hargrove (AH) about Tuesday’s Rain.

AAM: Tuesday’s Rain is a father-son collaboration. Let’s talk about how that came to be?

BH: I was living alone in an apartment in Camarillo, and had lots of bits and pieces of songs I discovered after playing around on a 12-string. Eventually I recorded my first song “Tuesday’s Rain.” Alex came over to hang out and made some great suggestions for my “perfect song” and everything he said seemed to make sense. So we bought him a digital drum set in lieu of noise issues and laid down the new arrangement. We both liked what we heard so we kept going after that.

AH: it actually started as a solo project, the first song he wrote was just acoustic guitar and vocals. I had just come back to live with him at his apartment at the time. He got me a digital drum kit and invited me to sit in while he played. After that, it was on.

AAM What genre(s) of music does Tuesday’s Rain encompass?
BH: Our music is firmly rooted in rock. My preferences range from Led Zeppelin to Grand Funk Railroad but span over three decades so you might hear some influences from bands like Duran Duran, The Cult, and Type-O-Negative. I always loved bands with great harmonies, psychedelic leads, and keyboards from the likes of YES, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Rush.

AH: Basically rock. The moods vary with the songs, but when you break it all down, it’s just rock. Some songs rock harder than others. We write how we feel at the time, we DO infuse our influences into our style though. His (Bob’s) are more classic rock oriented, and mine are more current indie and alternative bands. I love hip hop beats too.

AAM: That’s also an interesting band name. How did you come up with that?

BH: It was around the time when California had record-breaking rainfall, something like thirt-eight inches in three weeks. I’m stuck inside looking out the sliding glass door. I open it a little to hear the wind whispering through the gap. I wished I could have recorded it, but anyhow the pitch is going up and down, sometimes sounding like a high whistle, and I remember visualizing a young girl in an old-fashioned dress with dark flowing hair gazing through a huge bay window in a Victorian house, and it hit me. Tuesday. That would be her name. Tuesday gives me a sense of something melancholy, like a rainy day, cold and dark. Tuesday’s Rain. GOT IT!

AAM: Is Tuesday’s Rain working on any new recordings or have any upcoming gigs?

BH: We have been recording new songs to follow up our debut CD “Dream Another Day” for about a year and a half. We have three in the can and a few more to go. We are re-grouping from the inside out and have new players coming on board so as soon as we have a short set down pat, we’ll out there doing fundraisers, benefits, and showcases as we’ve done in the past. There’s talk of a trip to Tucson to support a national act for the grand opening of a 2000+ venue in the works right now so we’ll see if we can build on that.AH: We are always writing and recording. Even if its just pre-production, we eventually come back to those songs, make improvements, and professionally have them mixed so we can release them. New material and inspiration is unpredictable, sometimes it will just sneak up on you and great hook/riff/beat/etc. will pop into your head out of nowhere, and you got to at least have a rough version recorded for reference. It doesn’t stop.Tuesday's Rain - Photo by Bryan Schroat at Shutter To Think Photography

AAM: Let’s talk about a few of your songs, and what they’re about?

BH: “Tuesday’s Rain” is a “relationship-gone-bad” type of song, and “One More Try” is a song about a dear friend who was killed in a high-speed chase that ended with his car veering off a one-hundred-foot ft. cliff in Malibu. Our new single “We Are One” is a song about where we are now, as a society, and the realization that we are all connected in some way or another. The follow up to be released shortly, “Haunting Thoughts.” Well, I think you can come to your own conclusions on that one.

AH: My two favorite are “Get Out,” which is a made-up story, it kind of has a rebel-without-a-cause theme – a bad boy that wins the heart or an innocent girl and brings her on his downward spiral. The other is “Disappear,” which again is fictional, but this time it’s more influenced by horror movies, always makes me think of the opening to the first “Scream” movie, where the villain is watching his victim from outside while he’s on the phone with her. The other songs are all based on our lives and events or relationships that were significant to us at the time. Bob writes most of the lyrics, while I helped more with the two songs I mentioned. I prefer to make up stories when it comes to lyrical content, to me it’s just more fun and interesting.

AAM: At one time you were involved in concert promotions in Simi Valley. What got you started in that?

BH: Ahh yes, Midnight Entertainment Group. Thanks for bringing that up. I wanted to create a symbiotic approach to music and the community. The plan was to give local bands a chance to perform at a great venue and sell their wares while raising money for charities such as the Rotary Club, while also getting local businesses involved and helping with the funding by giving them ad space on all our promotions. I was big on being an active participant in the community, and using my talent to raise money for toys and food. It was an awesome experience and I learned a lot about the promotional side of things. It also taught me a lot of respect for what promoters deal with to put a show together.

AAM: Looking down the road several years from now, where do you plan for your band to be (in terms of shows, recordings, etc)?

BH: I believe I will always sing and play some kind of musical instrument. There is an unlimited amount of material to draw from and feelings to share with like minds. I can’t imagine NOT playing! Our immediate goals are finishing this new record and getting back in there with the rest of the players, and did I mention a Grammy has always been on my Bucket List. Recently I finished a remake of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter” with the Moby Dicks who play all Zep and very well I might add. You’ll find it on our Reverbnation website at: https://www.reverbnation.com/tuesdaysrain. I used to tell my son when he was around ten or so that “someday we will be touring the world together and rocking the planet as only we could”! Hopefully that will come to pass.


Photos by Bryan Schroat at Shutter To Think Photography