I’ve never stumbled out of a sweat lodge into the heart of the jungle before but if I did I imagine it would sound a lot like Truman Peyote.
Truman Peyote is a three man operation stewing up a unique concoction of droning electronic meditations and ritualistic undulations in technicolor.
Their music forms new streams of language out of the subtleties tucked inside repetition. This is the beauty of trance music, as it continues to evolve through the minds and hands of new generations.
Truman Peyote’s debut album will be out in March and they will be hitting the road for their longest tour yet. Check them out live with the rest of the Whitehaus Records line-up saturday night at Great Scott presented by Basstown.
Q&A w/ Caleb Johannes of Truman Capote
Q: How has the musical progression in your life led to you creating psychedelic electronic music?
A: I think it has more to do with the combination of all the music I’ve ever been exposed to rather than a linear path that led to psychedelia. Everything we make as a band reflects what we are exposed to currently and have been exposed to in the past. Anything from saturday night fever to the misfits to john cage could be listed as some of my influences, but the complete list could go on forever. The two of us appreciate lots of different kinds of music, and make music that reflects a lot of that genre jumping attitude. Years ago Eric and I started writing acousticy folk-popped out jams, moved to almost straight up noise, and now have found ourselves somewhere between pretty drone pop and club beats.
Q: The show saturday at Great Scott is billed as Whitehaus Music. The following night the Whitehaus is having an all night Psychedfest. What is the story behind Whitehaus and the psychedelic scene it is springing forth?
A: The Whitehaus is a record label/DIY venue/house full of the most wonderful people you’ll ever meet. Get at them and I’m sure they’ll tell you all about it. Psychedfest is going to be the most epic show in boston this february, I strongly suggest anyone reading this attend. seriously.
Q: What is the most flattering/sickening musician/band comparisons you have received from fans, friends, family, press etc…?
A: The most flattering comparison i can remember is some guy in toronto said we reminded him of david bowie. I didn’t understand it at the time and still don’t really get it but I do love David Bowie’s music. The most interesting I think was being compared to The Lion King on LSD. We always get good press from the kind people at the Weekly Dig and under21boston. com so thumbs up to them!
Q: In a month or so you are doing a tour of the midwest. Why did you decide to play in this area of the country? and have you toured with this project before?
A: We decided to tour the midwest because we think people out there will like our stuff, and have fun listening to something new. Not many people know or understand the east-coast electronic scene brewing here in boston, so we want to get it out there and give people a positive view of the city. Playing out of state is always a blast for us, and we try to do it as much as possible. We’ve done a bunch of short tours as Truman Peyote since summer 2007, but this is going to be our longest one yet in the hopes of promoting out new album which is set to be released march 1st, right before the tour.
Q: If you could play a show in Boston with 3 other local bands who would they be and at what Boston venue would you play?