The experimental duo of Russ Waterhouse and Lea Cho were recently in the District, on tour for their latest full-length, and first for Drag City, Valley Tangents. The prog and jazz tinged record was written after the band traded their tightly wound lives in NYC for the wilds of Pennsylvania, which helped to dictate a slightly different direction than if they’d stayed in the city.
As Russ recently told the Village Voice, “I suppose Valley Tangents is our “move to the country” record–the songs were inspired by the valley; the animals; the local minor league baseball team; the freedom; the peace and quiet…”
But additionally, even having more time and space to work on music influenced their process as well, if not the actual songwriting. Russ adds, “..living here has allowed us to better realize ideas we’ve had since we started Blues Control.”
We caught their performance at DC9 earlier this month, opening for Six Organs of Admittance, and have a bit of that set above for you to watch.
Live mix and recording by Randy Lancelot