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26-12-2011 // interviews: Interview with Bryan John Appleby

As a "Farewell 2011"-series i have tried to get a little interview with the bands/artists that have made this a memorable musical year for me (and hopefully for you). Most of the bands i got in contact with responded very sweet and they have been so kind to answer a few questions about their 2011 and off course about their plans for the year to come, these will be posted in December every few days.

This next interview is with Bryan John Appleby. This Seattle songwriter released "Fire On The Vine" in July of this year and it is truly on of the most albums that the year has seen. I'm aware of the fact I keep saying similair things throughout these series, but in my defense I can say that I've only contacted the artists responsible for the best stuff I've heard. The album is beautiful from start to finish, with some heavier stuff, but also with a heartbreaking lovesong about losing the one he loves (listen to 'Honey Jars' down below). It's an album I can spend an entire evening listening to and still not get bored. Listen to my 2 favourite tracks of his album and read what Bryan John Appleby has to share about the year that is over by the end of the week.



If you had to name one moment, what would you consider your highlight of 2011?
The year was split in two halves. The first half was spent making the record and the second half was spent playing it. There was a small window of time that came late in the summer, when these two halves converged. In this time, we unveiled the album to the sold out room of the charming, ghost-filled theater in Columbia City, an out-skirted neighborhood in Seattle. A week later, we had the chance to play a show on the remote Puget Sound Island of Orcas for DoeBay festival. Our set had included bloody hands, broken glass, and blown out speakers. Pretty good for folk music. Then we hit the road. The band played shows and saw friends all over the west coast. And once we hit San Diego, I split off with Annie and we drove through the southern dessert, through the Midwest and out to Chicago. Came back through Denver Mountains and the wastelands of Utah.

In those two months, I had some very rewarding, meaningful, lovely, and exciting experiences. Not just for 2011, but ever.

What are you doing at the moment?
I'm working at a restaurant and enjoying winter with the people that I love around me. The band is working hard and playing shows. We are trying to get our van fixed. I’m sitting in the warm basement reading and writing as much as I can. It’s busy though. Lot of stuff this year that didn’t exist last year. A manager would be nice. Maybe a booking agent soon too. We’ll see what comes.

Which great band or artist did you discover yourself in 2011? Any favourite albums?
A band called Little Scream is doing it for me right now. Also Kelli Schaefer, from Portland is up there on the list. Grand Hallway from Seattle is so beautiful. I’ve enjoyed Bill Callahan this year a lot.

How will you celebrate New Year’s Eve?
I’ll kiss Annie and raise a glass with my friends. Not sure about the specifics. In my imagination we would all be wearing turtlenecks and holiday sweaters, playing board games by the fireplace in a cabin on the coast. Going into the snow at midnight with cups of coffee and whiskey and cider. Lighting sparklers and smoke bombs. Spotting a lone bear in the meadow by the moonlight.

We’ll probably just stay in town. Stay at the house.

What are your plans for the new year?
I want to record an EP with the genius that produced my last two records, Kevin Matley. I love working with him. I hope to have written an EP and full length by this time next year. The full length will come out in 2013 if the world still exists. I’m working on these now. We will be touring all next year. I really want to come out to Europe and play by the end of the year as well but I don’t have the resources yet. I hope this interview helps.



- Thank you Bryan John Appleby for taking the time to answer these questions & hopefully see you in Europe next year!




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