In our latest issue we profile Family Band, who make eerie folk music directly influenced by the cabin in the Catskills they've built for themselves. Their album, Miller Path is full of otherworldly folk songs enhanced by guitarist Jonny Ollsin's slowed metal guitar flourishes and singer Kim Krans' husky, world-weary voice. The songs are about the uncertainty of growing older, and although it sounds plain, the uncertainties that come with living in nature in a place that you've created. It's fitting that they've linked with director Luke Meyer of SeeThink Films, who has edited down footage of when the couple/band first bought the property and had a trailer wrecking party. It looks like it could have been filmed during some sort of gold rush in the 1800s and you expect a ghost to pop out at any second, which makes sense, considering Family Band built their sound around wonder that is somehow simultaneously wide-eyed and cynical, calm uneasiness, and also living in the middle of nowhere, because that shit is crazy.
October 08, 2009