Ah, okay -- that makes some sense, then, because I'd looked for a while to find the actual mammoth release in stores, without any success. If I'd known, I'd have begged for a copy directly...
Copies will be making their way to you soon. It's nice to know someone was actually searching for it.
And speaking of releases, did you ever end up releasing Weather Codes? I heard some of the songs a while back and really enjoyed 'em, but I never saw or heard that the album was out.
Hey, thanks! It hasn't been released yet. I'm actually going to work with someone on one particular track, "Thistlebomb." And re-record some strings on the title track. Then I think it will be complete and ready to go.
I've been working on this one for a long time. These songs have been coming in groups. There were a ton of them, and now I'm just trying to focus on this final set for the album. The door just never seemed to close this time. It's been really weird with this one -- someone new just kept wanting in.
So when you're writing, how does the process generally go? It sounds like you don't necessarily have a specific idea in mind when you go into it, or even that you can sit down and say, "okay, now I'm going to write songs" -- is that the case?
Well, sometimes, I think. Yeah, sometimes, I just get in the mood to write something. Though that mood usually hits me at the most inopportune times. Like when I'm at work or wanting to fall asleep. But I think the songs that end up in a finished collection usually come about when I'm fumbling around on a particular instrument.
How long's it been since you last played here in Houston? Does this mean -- hopefully -- that you'll be doing more shows locally?
The last show in Houston was at Sew What's house show. That was probably my favorite. Before that, I think almost a year ago for Secret Saturday. I'm not sure if I will be doing more shows in Houston. I have one in June with Paris Falls and Airon Paul Dugas. Both of whom I really, really enjoy.
After that, I just don't know. I'm certainly not opposed to it. Invites to play have been what's brought me out lately. I haven't actively sought anything out in a long time.
Do you pay attention much to the scene here? Anybody local you like? I try to poll Houston-based folks to see what/who, if anything, they're listening to that's from here.
Sure, I do. To an extent I suppose. I listen a lot to the Local Show on KTRU and I try and make my way to shows as often as I can. It's nice going to random shows, not knowing what you're going to hear. Or picking up the local albums from Sound Exchange for sake of album titles, band names, or artwork. I mean, if I don't know who I'm searching for; there are hits and misses. But you still get to hear Houston.
Balaclavas. They're prime. Hmm...listenlisten, LP4, Indian Jewelry, Devin The Dude, Buxton, Two Star Symphony, Cory Derden, Wicked Poseur, The Dead Roses, and Paris Falls. I'm forgetting some at the moment. I watched a Sugar Hill video where Grandfather Child and Sad Gorilla played, and I wanted to cry it was so beautiful.
I know you were on tour in the U.K. recently; how'd that go?
That was a blast. We had so much fun, and the shows were great. I think Bergenfest in Norway was the kicker. I can't wait to do it again. It was the first time that I had people play with me there. Again, it's much more enjoyable with friends.
Awesome; how'd you end up playing Bergenfest? Do you have a decent-sized fanbase over there?
I don't think I have a fan base anywhere, really. But they responded well overseas. The record label set Bergenfest up; I'm so glad, too. It was a great experience. They treated us like rock stars! It was so funny and so much fun.
Jo Bird and I caught the Satyricon show. They are a kick-ass metal band from Norway. It was insanely wonderful. Next time I play there, I'm doing it up Satyricon-style. Double kick and all! Another Texas lady was there, Carolyn Wonderland. At Bergenfest, not the metal show. Margaret, Debra, and Jerry caught up with Devin The Dude.
This might sound a bit weird, but where the heck does this stuff come from? The music you play is dark and lonely and not like a whole lot else I've heard in recent years; what or who would you say has influenced your songs and sound? I hear a resemblance to Beth Gibbons' Out of Season, but that may be more wishful thinking than anything...
My friend Tiziano says that everything we write is autobiographical in one way or another. I'm not so sure, though. Some songs I've recorded, I don't quite understand. I mean, I don't get what they're trying to say, or what situations they're alluding to.
I've got one collection of songs that I actually pulled from nothing but dreams. Cherry Tree was pretty straightforward to me, in that it was dealing with loss in several ways. All the songs immediately made sense, and I could see all the situations clearly, even as they were veiled in the lyrics.
Weather Codes is another one. Those two albums are where I think georgia's Horse. gave me a sort of creative license, lyrically. Where I really needed to vent. I would think about what I was writing, instead of just letting whatever came out end up on the recording. I think that's why we are so interconnected; we're there for each other when we need some comfort. There's a trust there. It's dark and sad, but sometimes we have fun, too. Putting back some jolly drinks and sitting on the beach.
Influence in style for production and whatnot comes from all sorts of other musicians. I get hooked on certain artists for a while and then move on. So I know they have all played a part in how the songs are shaped sonically. Even if I don't want to admit it. It has to, in some way. Or maybe it doesn't.
I know when I was fleshing out a track from Weather Codes, I was thinking Nick Cave. Vocals definitely are not Nick Cave, but I think in some way the little elements to the music definitely are. It's what I hear. And we all hear different things. What influences one musician may not be what we'd expect.
For me, some artists/bands I listen/listened to and absolutely love are Will Oldham, PJ Harvey, Nico, Prince, Nick Cave, Bauhaus, Nine Inch Nails, and Heart. I would imagine they've had some influence. But again, unless I think it out, that I want it to sound like this, the influence may get lost in the layers, and I would never know. Beth Gibbons, by the way, is one rad lady.
I definitely get the PJ Harvey, and the Nick Cave to an extent -- Heart, though? I like 'em quite a bit, myself, but they seem far, far removed from the way you make music. I guess you're right about the expectations thing!
I used to listen to Heart constantly when I was a kid! I try and write Dreamboat Annie-esque at times. Eh, you know. I guess it's just not in me to be as great a guitar player as Nancy. END