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Siskiyou

It is an album of desire, composure and grace, as it tears at your hearts strings, softly at times. It’s’ melodically transitions accumulate like folds of luscious thick velvet layered upon a long winding wooden floor. There is simple imagery that in its essence is integral and lighthearted, though has peaks and valleys that bemuse you.

Great Lake Swimmers former members branched off and patiently learned to record and create their debut Self-titled album, which was released on Constellation in the Fall of 2010.
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The band is a collaboration of Colin Huebert and Erik Arensen; Peter Carruthers and Shaunn Watt joined the band to play the songs live, but have since become institutions. The Band name was inspired by the Northern California mountain range, Siskiyou.
Colin currently resides in Vancouver, which is where he was when I spoke with him over the phone

 

 

http://siskiyouband.com/listen/

You can trust that Constellation Records will get it right, about over 100% of the time, and Siskiyou is an example, and, ahem, may I be so bold to say a testament to that? Colin himself enjoys the artists on the label; Pat Jordache, Godspeed You Black Emporer, Colin Stetson and Do Make Say Think… just to name a few. Here is a video courtesy of Constellation, The Land by Siskiyou
This Land – Siskiyou from Constellation Records on Vimeo.

1. Now for the safe word….(in case you don’t want to answer any questions, useful)


skate board

2. Favorite cheese?


Brie is my favorite

3. Robots or Dinosaurs?

Dinosaurs, stegosaurus is my favorite…


4. Strangest venue or gig you’ve ever played?

It was in Jackson, Mississippi at a Hot dog restaurant. It was infested with man-size cockroaches.


5. How did you begin your career and who were your influences


Erik and I were (Erik still is) playing in Great lake swimmers until it became less enjoyable for me due to busy schedules. I learned how to record with two cheap microphones, recruited a few close friends, namely Erik Arnesen and released the album on Constellation just recently. In the Fall, we will release a new record…
Aside from music I do some tree related work, and some urban farming. At the urban farm we mainly grow sprouts… sunflower sprouts, pea sprouts, in Vancouver. At the other farm (in the interior) there was much more land to grow every vegetable imaginable. Erik plays in Great Lake Swimmers and teaches ukulele to kids.

6. What is the most memorable show you’ve ever attended?

It would have to be The Flaming Lips performing Zaireeka in Austin, Texas. There were 40 boom boxes and they brought up 40 people from the audience.

7. What are a few items essential to your “tour survival kit”?


Sleeping pills.


8. What are you listening to now?

Damien Jurado. St Bartlett, his latest release.

9. What is the worst advice you’ve ever been given?

If you avoid something it will go away.

10. If you were to communicate using one word what would it be?

Motherfucker, two guys communicated using just that word on “the wire”. It was quite successful.

11. Can you dance?

Yes. mmmhmmm (Matter of Fact tone)

12. Anything else you want the people to know?

Our cat Pixie is an aspiring accountant. She is currently doing our taxes.

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Please note this is not an actual picture of Pixie, she preferred not to be photographed

Hold it in….




Everything I have…

Impulsivity, intuition and heavily influenced by The Kinks and Neo Boys, Hannah Lew and Raven Mahon, former members of Shitstorm, joined Lillian Maring and became Grass Widow. Their second album was recently released on Kill Rock Stars. The ladies were more than happy to answer a few of my questions.

Favorite/least favorite cheese? (for the cheese-enthusiast)

Hannah: Never met a cheese I didn’t like.
Lillian: Very enthusiastic.
Raven: yogurt

Robots or Dinosaurs?

L: Dinobots. Robosaurs.
H: Humans
R: I pick dinosaurs. Or robots raising dinosaurs in incubators for humans.

Strangest venue or gig you’ve ever played?

R: Strangest?… Strangest….er….sometimes when we finish songs we
lure test subjects/friends into our subterranean meatlocker practice
space, which is about 12 cubic feet of raw, smelly noise.

Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

H:We have a pretty wide range of influence as a band. For our song-writing-we’re generally influenced and inspired by each-other but, we listen to everything from Classical to Rank Xerox on tour. Some rock albums that have influenced me/made me want to just quit are …Wire:Pink Flag,  Kinks:Village Green preservation Society, Neo Boys:Crumbling Myths, Nirvana:Nevermind, Alice Cooper:Pretties For You, Wipers: Is This Real, Kaliedescope(UK):Faintly Blowing ….to name a few.

R: Yeah, and I’d have to add a few classical dudes to the list like Chopin and Rachmaninoff and Liszt.

how did you begin your career as and who were your influences?

H: Fellini, Italo Calvino, Neo Boys, Laura Mulvey, My dad.
R: Unrelated to music, but as creative influences: David Foster Wallace, Louise Erdrich, my mom, and of course, Hannah and Lillian.

What is the most memorable concert you’ve ever attended?

R: Red Hot Chili Peppers, circa 1996, Auckland, NZ, doc martins, fence
jumping, alcohol, vomit.

What are a few items essential to your “tour survival kit”?

H: Stretch Pants, Corn Thins, Will Shortz Crossword book, Cold Press coffee
situation.
L: Playing cards, soda, lavender, bobby pins.
R: A picture of Bobby, a four-leaf clover, my grandmother’s necklace, a 22. Just kidding, I don’t own any of those things.

What are you listening to now?

H: Rank Xerox, Nose Dive, Broken Water, Caethua, Milk Music.
R: Rodriguez, Wetdog, Trash Kit, Yo Yo Ma’s cello sonatas.

Any stories from your excursions on the road?

R: Once we were late-night swimming in an Iowa City reservoir and some lights started twinkling in the distance. Someone yelled “WATER COPS! WATER FUCKING COPS!” and everyone flipped out, which led to a mad scramble up a cliff face and over each other and through poison oak and into the car…etc. “WATER COPS!”

H: If you heard a rumor that we are known to fall asleep with food in our mouths on tour-that is not true!
L: Yes, it is.

What is the worst advice you’ve ever been given?

H: A lot of people like to give us advice, like when we get shitty show
offers and the booker says he’s “been in the biz for a while and that we
should be glad to get the exposure.” Recently a guy that was touring with a
band we were playing with offered me “rock and roll advice”. We recently
wrote a song called  “Advice” based on some of these experiences. There’s a
lot of condescending douches out there, but the bottom line is that if you’re in a band-you have the opportunity to use your celebrity to set standards . You have to make your own decisions about what you care about, and not settle .

If you were to communicate using one word what would it be?

L: “Charisma”
R: Tjerokngk

Can you dance? What is your day job?


H: Yeah, when? Don’t you live in Chicago? We could Skype Dance. I work at an independent Video store in San Francisco called Lost Weekend.
L: I love to dance. Right now I’m working on a move called the “Moon Age Day Dream”, it involves appearing to float. I’ll post a video once I nail it. I work at a cafe.

R: I like to dance. I am a woodworker/fabricator/furniture-maker.

What can we expect from the band in the future?


H: We are working on a new album right now and are touring a bunch this year

You have mentioned in an interview your aversion to the “angry Chick Band” so many female artist’s’ are labeled. Can you elaborate more on what Grass Widow is all about- and if you do get angry- do you get even? (pretty sure that is a standard interview question for potential grocers)

H: Sometimes I get angry/depressed and then I get down on myself for getting angry/depressed, but then I think-The world is totally fucked. Any intelligent person who cares about anything is bound to get angry and depressed from time to time. Feminism and the riot grrrl movement have set the stage and created a context for women playing music today, but these labels are redundant and have lost their potency in a modern context. There is plenty that female musicians are up against these days-with internet voyeurism and a youth culture largely based in some blog’s validation of a band. This stuff is new-and female musicians have never had to deal with this shit before, so in a sense we are responding with our merit and intuition alone-using our own tools. I don’t think there is a limit to the ways that femininity can be expressed,  and I would hope that we could be part of a system that enabled other women to be confident with their individuality-have the balls to display strength and integrity. Forging new ground and creating ways to include women in the audience is an ongoing challenge,so I guess we just have to maintain a modern outlook and be ready for the future.

Some one posted a “Missed Connections” ad on craigslist about you, what does it say?

R: “I saw you eating cheese.”

The combination of ethereal instrumentals and devastating melodies. These two Artists have managed to capture my heart in simultaneous harmony… Keepaways’ Family of the Sun in combination with Lower Dens’ Completely Golden, are two tracks that will illuminate an echo in your mind and ear drums.

Keepaway– Babystyle

An EP just released by a Brooklyn, NY based three piece. Mike Burakoff, Frank Lyon, and Nick Nauman have created such an album with sampling, guitar, percussion and vocals.

 

 

Lower Dens– Twin Hand Movement

Jana Hunter leads this four piece band, hailing from Baltimore to Texas. Their latest album has spinning vocals and an eerie devastation in the lyrics.


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lucy betina

A song that slowly builds and expands can make the agonizing pace of the first few verses seem worth hearing in the end.

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