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whitehaus family, treehaus, & Peace, Loving

January 15, 2010

Whitehaus Family is the collective.  Peace, Loving is a band formed from members of the collective, which live, and play, and act, and perform in a large home in Jamaican Plains, Boston, MA.

Peace, Loving started 2010 touring, and they’ll be so through mid April.  On Sunday, March 28 they’ll be in Boulder playing at s00krEEm’s.

When I booked Peace, Loving, I did so after hearing the mp3 live.  It was unique and intriguing.  I have listened to live about 11 times now and I just want to hear more.  Luckily, I’ll get the chance in a couple months.  I asked Peace, Loving member, Adam, some questions.  Take a listen:

How did the Whitehaus Family come to be?
the whitehaus began as a small handful of friends who wanted to become more connected w/ their community. we started with hosting weekly friday night hootenannies in our living room nicknamed the treehaus. we began documenting the hoots and decided to start our own ‘record label’ to share the hoot recordings. now we have hosted two major artist showcases, a new england based three day experimental music festival, and hundreds of shows and hootenannies at our house.

You hail from Jamaica Plains.  Do you live in a huge New England colonial style house?
yes!

Who is in Peace, Loving?
a peace, loving show can be thrown by anyone steady in spirit enough to hold the reigns. the peace, loving founders try to make band practice a training camp for new artists attempting to harness this ability. morgan shaker, atomfoam, and brian ellis have all led their own peace, lovings. hopefully many people will go on to continue the experience. for this tour we are traveling as a trio of atomfoam, brian ellis, and kate lee. but while we are on tour morgan shaker will be leading peace, loving shows back in boston. peace, loving also tries to utilize the entertainment power in everyone. we have taken people like our friend josh who doesn’t like “performing” but is a fine dining cook, and written scores for the cooking off of aromatics accompanying music and poetry and dance and moving sound sculptures. we believe everybody has the ability to channel these abilities of entertainment inside of themselves.

What attracted you to noise music?
silence!

What instrument(s) do you play?
lots of different things… for this tour we are bringing: large scrap chimes, acoustic guitar, nail halos, bird bubblers, flute, banjo, vhs tape, cassette tape, handheld cassette recorders, cord organs, harmonicas, the human voice, the melodica, alarms, saws, hammers, chains, bowls, gravel and quarters. but historically we’ve also used upright and electric bass, samplers, electric guitars, drums, larger scrap chimes, saxophones, electric burners w/ assorted aromatics, ukelele, etc…

Tell me about the Peace, Loving experience?
we want to entertain people. to help them forget about their everyday for a little while. and also to get people to thinking beyond the usual show experience.

You’ve got an extensive tour planned in 2010.  How are you getting from city to city?  Bus? Van? Does it have a name?
we’re traveling by car. pretty generic! but don’t overlook the excitement of being squeezed in so close w/ your friends and equipment for two and a half months. we’re trying to plan our tour w/ small drives in between shows, to save gas, money, and sanity.

I love your 2010 tour poster.  Who’s responsible?
that’s our roommate at the haus Lenora Symczak! she does a lot of the design work for things whitehaus. she’s also designed an amazing cover for our upcoming double vinyl release called the whitehaus family record family record. the record has a single track from 26 different artists around the whitehaus scene.

Who are the Digger’s of the Sea?
The diggers of the sea are mostly mystery.
Ask us at the show!
Thanks Kevin!

Interview with Pollination Population

December 23, 2009

When I booked Pollination Population I was intrigued by the uniqueness of the sound and I wanted to know more.  Kate Ersing was kind enough to provide a free download of her single Summer Sending (see Box Samples) and answer a few questions:

What instruments do you play?

As of right now I play a parlor guitar, sometimes a casio, and use delay and samples via tape players.

Where are you from?

I grew up in South Buffalo, New York and lived in various parts of New York until I came to Denver.

What were your favorite bands growing up?

Of Montreal and Destroyer were big influences growing up. When I was younger in the 90s, of course it had to be; No Doubt, Ben Folds Five, the Cranberries, 7 Seconds and Weezer.

Do you have a favorite old-time song?

Well, there is a weak spot in my heart for John Prine and Elizabeth Cotten’s “Freight Train.” She was self-taught, playing left-handed, upside-down guitar.


What’s your favorite venue?

I have good memories of the Bug Jar in Rochester, NY, but i really like house shows. They are personal and intimate and are perfect for face painting and cookies.

How do you like to past the time when you’re not playing music?

I spend a lot of time reading up on food politics, women’s health, and feminist zines. There are such beautiful bands in Denver, and that come to Denver, so I’m out at shows a lot, too. I love to bake and write love letters and then send those baked things with love letters to far places. I love pen pals, and guessing birthdays.

Do you have any exciting plans coming up?

Yes! I am looking to start a health collective that gives free lectures on specific topics that are open to the public.  I am in school for nutrition therapy and love talking about health issues. In a time when health care is dwindling, the rich and mindless keep consuming, and sick people are feeling powerless, something must be done to empower the masses to understand their bodies and take the initiative to learn to respect themselves and their environments through knowledge; to take control and make change.  I want to support free education in any way necessary. I’m also starting a sound project with my friend Stephen Wagner called “Cicadas.” I’m really excited about that.