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Mount Eerie

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Mount Eerie

Ashley Eriksson

Sat, April 13, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Chapel

San Francisco, CA

$12 adv / $15 door

This event is all ages

Mount Eerie
Mount Eerie
I am Phil Elverum. Here is my brief autobiography for journalists and fact seekers:

I am 34 years old. I am from the town of Anacortes, Washington. Since 1997 my primary life’s work has been making studio-based music, first under the name “the Microphones” (1997 – 2002) and then “Mount Eerie” (2003 – present). In addition to this I have played in other bands (D+, Old Time Relijun), produced other peoples’ recordings and dabbled in painting, writing, and photography.

Aside from 5 years in Olympia, Wash. and a long winter in northern Norway (2002/2003), I have lived most of my life in Anacortes and much of the content of my music and other art is tied to the place. My music project Mount Eerie is named after the actual mountain, Mt. Erie, that lies just south of town. I try to make music that feels associated with this particular place in some way, whether it’s literally described in words or just an ambiguous feeling.

The “Microphones era” in Olympia (1997-2002) was very prolific, with 5 major albums (and many smaller things) being released by the K label. The most critically acclaimed was “the Glow pt. 2” (2001). Following that was an album called “Mount Eerie” by the Microphones.

I did not feel totally satisfied artistically with my exploration of the “Mount Eerie” idea on the album of that name so in 2003 I changed the name of my whole project to Mount Eerie. I did this partly to explore the idea more deeply and partly because the name had become more relevant to my songs than “the Microphones”, not to mention the appeal of being conceptually rooted to an actual place.

In 2004 I started releasing my own projects via the “P.W. Elverum & Sun, ltd.” company in an attempt to become even more self-sufficient and also to be able to explore unusual packaging ideas. The first major release was “No Flashlight” by Mount Eerie (2005) which came wrapped in a gargantuan poster. Since then I have released many fancy LPs and an extravagant art book of photography. I continue to explore new ideas for mass producing art and music in a homemade style. P.W. Elverum & Sun remains primarily a vehicle for my own projects only, not a real record label. Deeper simple self-sufficiency seems to be a good way to weather the tumultuous times we live in.
Ashley Eriksson
From 1 to 2 years old, Ashley spent a lot of time drawing and talking with her english nanny and, according to Ashley's mother, "sang in key". In the 3rd grade, Ashley and her sister got a gig through their piano teacher to sing in a children's choir for the Ren and Stimpy Christmas Album.

In junior high, Ashley spent most of her time at home being grounded, focusing her depression on learning guitar chords and singing Beatles songs. It was during this period that Ashley also had many long conversations about music with her oldest brother, who had just returned home from college. This mentorship from Ashley's brother also involved teaching her how to do home-recording and multi-tracking with his Tascam Cassette 4-Track.

In high school, Ashley's art teacher encouraged her to go further with visual art and transfer to Los Angeles High School for the Arts (LACHSA). After one semester of commuting to L.A. from Santa Clarita for 4 hours by train and bus, Ashley transferred back to finish high school in her home town.

Visual art brought 16 year-old Ashley her first real job as a muralist, which eventually allowed her to buy recording equipment and an electric bass.

At 17, Ashley started writing songs more furiously, and at 18, Ashley purchased a digital 8-track, which she still continues to use for the foundation of her home-recordings. Since then, Ashley has made 7 solo albums, of which only the most recent, Seasonal Music, Decarnarnation, and now Colours, are widely available.

Ashley founded the band, LAKE, with Eli Moore, Lindsay Schief, and Kenny Tarantino in the summer of 2006. LAKE has released 5 albums, 3 of which are put out by K records. LAKE is currently finishing up two albums recorded in 2012. Ashley's latest solo album, Colours, is being released in the spring of 2013, also by K records.
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110