Siskiyou - Siskiyou
It is an album of desire, composure and grace, as it tears at your heart strings, softly at times. Its 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.
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 (from, get this, his land-line! How about it?) on a cool Saturday afternoon.
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
1. Now for the safe word….(in case you don’t want to answer any questions, useful)
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”?
8. What are you listening to now?
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.
Please note: This is not an actual picture of Pixie, she preferred not to be photographed.