We recently spoke with Woodsman's Trevor Peterson and asked him how the tour's going, about the KC show's supporting artists (Expo '70 and Dustin Wong), and if the band's working on any new material.
The Pitch: Can you tell us a bit about what inspired the Mystic Places EP?
Peterson: Mystic Places came about a few months after our 2nd LP came out and we toured it a ton. Mark had moved to NYC and every time he'd fly back for a tour we'd fire up our home studio and record ideas. After a few months of these sessions we had the EP. I think the long distance inspired these songs. It marks a turning point for our band as well. Since the record came out we all re located to New York.
The double-drums and guitars really gives the band's sound an interesting edge. I assume the instrument configuration occurred by happenstance?
It definitely happened naturally. We were two two-man bands. Eston and I had grown up playing together and recorded this ambient EP with field recordings and loops and called it Woodsman 1. During that time Mark and Dylan were recording and playing in a band together. Mark and I went to film school together and I showed him those songs and shortly after started playing together. It wasn't until a couple months later, but we played the first art show at a gallery space we helped run with our friend Greg Tait called Imperial Shit Hole. I remember we had maybe 3 songs and the rest was improv but it well and we kept at it eventually finished up our first EP Humdrum and doing our first tour in April 2009. It's been a crazy road since then and unfortunately Eston has taken some time off. We're a 3 piece now and this tour signifies a new chapter for Woodsman.
The band seems experimental and influenced by environment and imagery. I assume you guys get most of that from the areas you're in most (Denver, Brooklyn), but is your sound also influenced by tour experiences and shows because you guys tour so much?
Very much influenced by tour experiences. It really helps when you're making art with other people to share experiences. All sorts of experiences good and bad have shaped our creative relationship and I think it definitely finds its way into the way we communicate with each other musically. Also just being around other musicians and getting to be right there with what's happening sonically around the country influences us in a certain way.
I assume different bands are opening for you along the way (Tjutjuna in Denver), but have you guys played with Expo '70 before?
We have played with Expo '70 before. Justin is one of our favorite musicians right now. He consistently puts out good material and he's constantly working on tunes. We're really psyched to see the new 3-piece version!
How'd Dustin Wong get on the tour?
We met Dustin last year at a show we played together in Virginia and then played with him again in Brooklyn this fall. We've been really into his music since so when we got the call from his booking agent asking if we'd be into doing a couple weeks with him we were so psyched!
Will you guys be back in Austin for Psych Fest in April?
We're not doing the Festival this year. I think it's the sort of thing where they try and have a different lineup from year to year. We just played their SXSW party last week, which was equally as killer. Really good lineup. Mixture of young and older bands. Those Psych Fest guys curate their shows insanely well.
Any plans for new material in the near future?
Yes definitely. We've been working on some new tunes in NYC and when we get back from this tour we're going to get back in the studio and finish up the 3rd LP. We're working as a 3 piece now so it's been really fun getting back into the headspace we were in when we started the band. It really helps that we're all living in the same place again too.
You guys have been through these parts before. Anything you're looking forward to eating, drinking, seeing (bands, venue-wise), or are you blowing through too quick to stop?
I love KC. I wish we had more time but I think we'll probably have to blow right through. Our thing on the road these days is digging into the food of the region. Would love to check out some good BBQ. If anyone has any recommendations we'd love to hear them, just text 979-X8X-4X12!!
See Woodsman with Dustin Wong, and Expo '70 on Monday, March 26 at the RecordBar. Doors 9 p.m. 18-plus. $8-$10.