photos by Amanda Hatfield
AbsolutePunk: First of all, I'd like to say that I'm in awe of your commitment to your music and I find it extremely inspiring that you guys are still doing this despite the relationship being very different right now. So the obvious question is, how has the current state of the relationship affected you on a professional level?The Rosebuds performed material from their deeply personal new LP Loud Planes Fly Low at Bowery Ballroom last night (10/12) as part of their string of dates with tourmates Mount Moriah who split off after tonight and play Southpaw in Brooklyn on Friday (10/14).
Ivan Howardof of The Rosebuds: Actually not much has changed within the band on a professional level, we still make the decisions the same way and work on songs together the same way we always have.
Was it difficult going into the studio with songs that you had written specifically about each other and your relationship? What was it like hearing these songs for the first time? Was there ever any moment where you considered just scrapping everything/writing about something different?
Ivan: At first it seemed insurmountable because we didn't want to do anything too personal and it was a sensitive time. It was scary because things didn't happen in the writing phase at a pace that was as fast as they happened for our last records. It was just hard to start the conversation we needed to have. But the melodies were wholesome feeling and it made us feel safe to be honest in our lyrics, you know, with each other.
Kelly Crisp: The songs started behaving like a poetic conversation. Because we were working with elevated language or we knew the songs had to follow the theme laid out by the feeling in the melody, we were able to say things we needed to say and things we needed to hear the other person say. In beautiful ways that acknowledged loss and what we no longer have, but mostly, getting it done meant we were honoring what we still do have. Our creative connection is something I'm proud of us for protecting.
Mount Moriah's Brooklyn appearance is part of the Gay Ol Opry, "a queer country music extravaganza". The show will also welcome appearances from Viva, Karen & the Sorrows, and Juan & the Pines, alongside an all Dolly Parton raffle, bakesale to benefit the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and more. Tickets are on sale.
More pictures from Bowery Ballroom last night and tour dates are below....
MOUNT MORIAH - 2011 TOUR DATES
10/13 BUFFALO NY @ Tralf Music Hall w/ The Rosebuds
10/14 BROOKLYN NY @ Southpaw
10/19 CARRBORO NC @ Cats Cradle w/ The Rosebuds *HEATHER MCENTIRE SOLO*
10/20 DURHAM NC @ Pinhook *listening session w/ Jenks and Heather, moderated by John Darnielle*
10/22 DURHAM NC @ Reynolds Theater w/ Alexi Murdoch, presented by Duke Performances
11/08 CHICAGO IL @ Vic Theater w/ Indigo Girls
11/09 CHICAGO IL @ Vic Theater w/ Indigo Girls
11/10 MADISON WI @ Barrymore Theater w/ Indigo Girls
THE ROSEBUDS - 2011 TOUR DATES
10.13.11 Buffalo, NY Tralf Music Hall (w/ Mount Moriah)
10.14.11 Detroit, MI Magic Stick (w/ Hospitality)
10.15.11 Chicago, IL Schubas (w/ Hospitality)
10.16.11 Appleton, WI Lawrence University
10.19.11 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle (w/ Hospitality and Heather McEntire solo)
10.20.11 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel (w/ Hospitality & The Moderate)
10.21.11 Richmond, VA The Camel
10.29.11 Paris, A8 Pitchfork Music Festival