Q&A with Big Fork’s Longstanding Funk Rock Band Pedacter Project

It’s been awhile since Pedacter Project has played the Top Hat, but they’re coming back on Friday, March 15, fresh off a newly recorded EP. Not familiar with the Big Fork funk rockers? Learn more and read our interview below with Pedacter’s drummer,  Vincent Rannazzisi.

You’ve been playing together for nearly two decades. What’s the key to longevity for you guys?

A friendship beyond the stage… we definitely care about each other. Mutual understandings of our views on life and family.

It looks like you recently put out a new EP, Orion’s Belt, in January…

When was the last time you released new music and what made you want to release new music in 2019?
It’s been a while since we put out music. This is the first EP we’ve done since I joined the band 7 years ago. I think I’m like the 12th or 13th drummer and the band took a mini hiatus for a while when Ryan, the guitar player, was in California. We’ve been trying to get stuff out, but we are creatures of the stage – not the studio.

Do you all write songs?
Chris and Ryan are the songwriters.

Where did you record the album?
 It was all recorded live around the Flathead Valley.

Anything else notable you’d like to share?
We’d like to kick out another one fairly soon. It’s been a great thing having our engineer, Kenny, with us to help out with the process. He really knows when the band is sounding good and he’s picked out some great live efforts.

The band seems to have an affinity for limes and pickles. Can you fill us in on your adoration?

This predates my arrival. But I do believe the story was just a response to the question every band gets: What do you sound like? I forget who, but their response was, “Pickles and Limes.”

Who are a few of the big influences on your sound?

Primus, Umphrey’s McGee, Phish, Tool, some Herbie Hancock

What’s it like being a band from Bigfork? Have you played a lot in the area? Do you have a fanbase there?

We have an amazing fan base in Bigfork. They’ve been supportive for a very long time. They are pretty much a big extended family. It’s a great pleasure being in a band with such an awesome group of people that never tire of us. Very often they come up to Whitefish to hear us as well.

When was the last time you played in Missoula? What about the Top Hat? What are you looking forward to most about your return to the Top Hat?

Last time we came down was when we opened for our friends 20 Grand. That was an excellent experience. We really look forward to working with such a professional club like the Top Hat. Thanks in advance.

What’s the future look like for Pedacter Project?

Future is bright. We all get along great with each other and respect each other’s musicianship. We all love Montana and don’t plan on moving away from our families. The addition of Chris’s keyboard setup and looping has taken us in a good direction. We are locked in and focused during some of the extended jams.

Have you spent much time in Missoula? What’s your favorite part about Zootown?

I lived in Missoula in ‘99 back when Cold Mountain Rhythm band ruled the scene. My favorite part is that is where I met my lovely wife and my screenwriting partner, Jim, who runs Black Coffee now. I always love coming back.

What sets Pedacter Project apart from other funk rock bands?

Probably the more aggressive side of some of our songs, and with Chris’ bass loops and keyboard playing, we can get a more full 4-piece sound.

What should the crowd do to make it the best possible show at the Top Hat?

Find their best head space and dance their asses off.

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