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Rasputina vocalist goes off-the-grid to write new album

Cello-driven rock band Rasputina is touring in support of its new album, “Unknown.”

Cello-driven rock band Rasputina is touring in support of its new album, “Unknown.”

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Melora Creager has found the secret to relaxation. And all it took was to go completely off the grid.

“I was burnt out from performing,” she says during a recent phone interview. “I needed to take time off. So I got off social media and the Internet. Totally disconnected, I took time for myself and I feel so renewed.”

Having that time off helped the vocalist for cello-driven rock band Rasputina. She says it was the catalyst for her to write material for the band’s new album, “Unknown.”

“It’s the fastest album I’ve ever done,” she says. “It (the album) is 14 new songs recorded alone in a dank basement studio. I quite liked it though, that dank basement studio. I didn’t feel at all alone. Using only one microphone, the whole album poured out of me in just three weeks – writing, recording, the whole thing.”

Joining Creager in Rasputina are Luis Mojica and Carpella Parvo.

Creager says being able to unplug from society for a short time helped get her brain back.

Rasputina has been inspiring young string players to commit a number of musical sins since 1996. The group’s concept was written as a manifesto as a wily subterfuge for a plot to open audiences to adventure: the funny, the sad, the heavy, the tender – they can all exist together.

“I feel like I did when I first started the band,” she says. “There’s a renewed passion to create music that moves people. I’m very fortunate in having the opportunity to do this. People often ask me how I did it. It’s fairly simple once you make the first step.”

Though a new album is out, Creager says the band’s sets have been filled with the entire band’s catalog.

“I’ve been playing with Luis and he knows all my old music,” she says. “It’s very freeing because I know we can go back to the older songs and still be able to perform them live.”

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