Reflections on the 2018 Tour W/ Floating Room

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We’ve been home from the Drowse/Floating Room tour for a few days and I’ve been trying to think of what to say. The shows were consistently amazing–tons of people, awesome bands–and very vulnerable. Playing a two piece Drowse set every night was disarming. No drums or bass to hide behind, our voices right there with the guitars. Projected images separated us from the audience, creating an atmosphere that made the interaction slightly less direct. Setting up the projector before each set became an anxiety reducing ritual–it’s light helped guide me into the now of the performance. By the middle of the tour I started to feel good about our playing, I didn’t need to drink my way through it, and I felt proud of the mood we could create in any space. I could take this minimalist Drowse anywhere–the world felt open.

Beyond this realization it was incredible to see people from different cities traveling far to watch both bands. For the first time we had people following us to multiple shows, invested in our art: a dream almost as deep as getting to tour with people I love.

“Memory Painting” Shirt/More Tour Info

drowse memory painting shirt promo photo.jpgOur tour with Floating Room starts Friday. We made a small amount of these new “Memory Painting” shirts for these shows. We will also have the tour edition of our split with Planning For Burial, copies of Cold Air, and will be showing some new projection work. Message if you need an address for one of the shows. See you soon!

Reflections on our Shows With Planning For Burial

Four shows. We only played four shows on the West Coast last week, but the shows felt more meaningful and fulfilling than any month long tour I’ve been on. I want to do more.

Part of this was because we were traveling with Thom Wasluck, a human who records music that is relatable, affecting, and genuine; Planning For Burial is “real”. As a person Thom is just like his art: without contrivance. It inspires me to be around a self that knows exactly what it is.

Meaning also came from the impressions I felt at each show. People that had spent time with this record I’d made in my bedroom, this distilled expression of my self, came to speak to me about it. Their connection to my work chipped away at the barriers between our selves. My bandmates worked hard to help this expression come to life and made it sound incredible. In short, these shows felt good.

In life and art I value solitude. My favorite part of this music thing I’ve been engaged with for the past ten or so years is writing and recording, and I like it best when I’m by myself: alone making little sound worlds to better understand my life.

I know that for many people playing shows is the goal, but with Drowse–a self mirror–it has always been an anxiety inducing experience. There are moments of enjoyment, but they are usually coaxed with alcohol and volume. These shows were different. I felt that bedroom feeling, that joyful detachment, the world and self disappearing into the present.

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Fog Storm pts. 1-4 — Split With Planning For Burial

We did a split with Planning For Burial! The Drowse side is a collaboration with painter Jesse Keating, “Fog Storm pts. 1-4”, and is the first widely available work to emerge from my residency in Iceland. You can view and listen to our audiovisual collaboration now via Treble. Limited tour edition tapes will be available at our shows with PFB next week.

“Fog Storm pts. 1-4” is some of the most experimental music I have been part of, utilizing found object sculptural instruments and the computer to make musical uncanny valley soundscapes. It’s about real life experiences but I kept thinking about John Carpenter’s The Thing while writing this. The lyrics are mostly concerned with creative self-concealment, and reference specific past works.

Fog Storm Promo Picture

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