Timbrrr! Fest Series: The Lonely Forest
Seattle has a symbiotic relationship with Anacortes’ The Lonely Forest that cannot be ignored. The band won the Experience Music Project’s SoundOff!, a battle of the bands for artists under the age of 21, back in 2006, giving the group a platform to share their angular, emotive strain of indie rock. Several years later, when Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla started his own Trans Records imprint as a subsidiary of Atlantic, he signed The Lonely Forest and produced their 2011 album, Arrows. The album became one of the band’s most celebrated releases, earning them “Best New Artist” for NPR’s “This Year in Music 2011”and “Coyote” was part of KEXP’s Song of the Day series.
The band has become a local fixture and the bellwether for hardworking artists with a clear vision. Their latest release, Adding Up The Wasted Hours, is expansive and electric, but also showcases a band unwilling to settle.The album was produced with Walla, again showing the importance of the Seattle community within the legacy of The Lonely Forest. Between the pied-piper effect brought forth by frontman John Van Deusen and the refined uniformity of a band fresh off a headlining tour, The Lonely Forest’s set is sure to be a crown jewel of Timbrrr! Fest.
Also, The Lonely Forest will be performing at The Showbox at the Market on December 14 as part of a SMooCh’s concert to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital. If you’re interested in seeing show stacked with local talent while also giving back to the community, you can find more details here.
Nada Mucho: Have you been to Leavenworth? If so, what impressions did it leave with you?
The Loney Forest Dummer, Braydn Krueger: As a matter of fact I took my wife there for our honeymoon. Nothing but great impressions! Going there in the winter time is much preferred, though. The snow compliments the town in a big way.
NM: Since the festival happens in early 2014, what are some of your New Year’s resolutions?
BK: To kick butt with the release of our new record and trim my belly line down by eating half as much sweets.
NM: Timbrrr! advertises hot toddies. What are some of your favorite recipes?
BK: The two Toddy’s I know:
1. Coffee Toddy – Pour cold water in 1 lb of ground coffee till grounds are all wet. Let it sit in the fridge for 12 hours. Pour through a filter and serve.
2. Honey Bourbon Toddy – 2 tbsp honey, 1 cup of hot water, 2 shots of bourbon, 2 lemon wedges, 1 cinnamon stick, tea bag of your choice (tea bag optional).
NM: The festival features snowshoeing and other winter-related activities. Do you have a favorite snow sport
BK: Snowshoeing and sledding for sure. And as soon as I ride on a snowmobile for my first time, snowmobiling!
NM: Leavenworth in January calls for warm clothing. What is your essential gear for the winter?
BK: Long underwear, Bogs for boots, a brand new waterproof/breathable coat, snow pants, and thick slippers for inside.
NM: Which of your songs would you recommend listening to on a brisk winter day?
BK: “Soil, Silt, And Clay” (from the aptly-named Nuclear Winter).
Timbrrr Fest! takes place January 10-11 in Leavenworth, Washington.
More in this series:
- Temple Echoes
- Kevin Long
- Wild Ones
- Barna Howard
- Lotte Kestner
- Joseph Giant
- The Moondoggies
- Full Lineup Announced
- You Me and Apollo
- Radiation City
- Hey Marseilles
- Timbrrr Fest Preview