by / May 5th, 2012 /

Incoming: Arbouretum

Baltimore quartet Arbouretum are set to play Whelan’s tonight with supporting act Hush Arbors for what promises to be a great evening of psychedelic rock. Singer-guitarist Dave Heumann answers our questions.

Who are you and where are you from?

Dave Heumann, from Baltimore, USA

Who are your favourite artists from your hometown?

Future Islands, Celebration, Lower Dens, Microkingdom, Pilgrim, and Dope Body come to mind off the top of the head. There are some other ones too that I’m sure I’m forgetting.

What’s it really like touring?

It’s just like “real life”, only compressed so that the highs and lows are closer together. Also I find my sense of time changes so that time periods such as, say, two weeks, seem completely arbitrary and inexorably linked to the feeling of space and movement.

What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?

Hard to say. It used to be Miss Peapod‘s  in Penryn, Cornwall, but our friend and contact there has moved. Maybe by the end of this tour we will have a new favourite.

What’s your ideal festival line-up?

Maybe some scenario whereby Neil Young and Richard Thompson would headline and the rest of the list would be friends of ours like Hush Arbors, Luke Roberts and Pontiak. That would be pretty cool.

Tell us a tour story…

Well, there was the other night in Lille where three of us got on this ridiculous carnival ride called the “vertical limit”, which scrambled our insides and resulted in next-day intestinal distress for everyone that went on it. We also had an excellent beer tasting tour in Fribourg, Germany, and a visit to this amazing amateur zoo near Padova, Italy which was behind the hotel we stayed in. Those were just from this current tour.

What has been your biggest achievement of the last year?

It feels like an achievement every time I pay my apartment rent for the month. I’m like “nice, I pulled that one off again”. Other than that, maybe writing the songs on our new split, Aureola.

What do you do to relax?

Just the usual things like reading, meditating, browsing the internet. Also drinking tea and vaping (using an e cigarette type device), but those are more like habits.

What are you reading ?

Oh just some stuff on esoteric philosophies and techniques at the moment. I want to get back into fiction again but have no idea where to start.

How about TV, anything good on the box?

Mine is basically only used for streaming movies and  other online content at the moment. I do like Louie though.

What’s the last thing you bought online?

Some US to UK and Europe adaptor plugs. So much of touring revolves around charging devices. Also apps for my iPad and mp3s and ebooks here and there.

Who would you most like to collaborate with if you got the chance?

Maybe Dylan Carlson? He makes some really cool music. Or  maybe someone whose music I find interesting but don’t know it all that well, like Nick Cave.

What is the worst cover your band has ever performed?

Gordon Lightfoot‘s “Sundown”, which we did once at a party. I messed up the words so badly that we had to stop the song. That was embarrassing. Great song, though.

Have you ever trashed your equipment? When and why?

Not… on purpose.

What website do you visit most? (discounting email etc)

Reddit and Google Plus. Because fuck Facebook.

What is your favourite album of the last year?

Not sure, but that newest Group Inerane one is pretty great. Also the new Pontiak, Echo Ono. And when did Neil Young’s Le Noise come out? That one is awesome.