In 2001 the then Olympia, Washington based group The Microphones would release what would become their most critically acclaimed release – the phenomenal double-album ‘The Glow Pt. 2’. Receiving rave revues and even topping influential independent taste-making magazine Pitchfork’s end-of-year album list, the album was at the time the best indication of Phil Elverum’s considerable talent as a singer, songwriter and producer.
Elverum was essentially the only core member of the group, and with 2003’s thematically appropriate album ‘Mount Eerie’ (the narrative of the album involves Elverum death, before discovering the face of the Universe) he decided to conclude the group, with subsequent material released under the name Mount Eerie. This new moniker implies a more solitary approach from Elverum, and also emphasises Elverum’s connection to outdoors, evoking scenes of foggy mountain-tops, rustling wind and dark nights.
Touring New Zealand under the Mount Eerie name before concluding at the excellent annual festival Camp A Low Hum – Elverum played a terrific show at Lyttelton’s Wunderbar, ably supported by Wellington-based singer-songwriter Seth Frightening. With audience members attentively crowding around the stage, Elvrum ran through 12 songs of sheer beauty and feeling. Most songs came from the thematically-separated recent albums ‘Clear Moon’ and ‘Ocean Roar’, but a few earlier numbers were thrown in for good measure.
Elverum played shimmery 12-string guitar, occasionally tempered with bursts of loud reverb, whilst his soft, boyish vocals weaved stories on top. From the softer, welcoming sounds of Clear Moon to the dark and tumultuous scenes of Ocean’s Roar – Elverum is a master of evoking imagery and feeling. I had the great pleasure of catching Mount Eerie a further two times on the tour, with Elverum consistently delighting crowds.
Blink just posted this on the Camp Alow Hum website:
Tickets to Camp 2012 are now sold out! BUT there are still chances to get tickets.
A) I have held onto 20 tickets. To get one of these tickets you must have been to a minimum of two previous camps or have already booked travel (flights/buses etc) and prove you had paid for travel before today or send me a super sob story – you need to email me ASAP firstname.lastname@example.org to get one of these 20.
B) There will no doubt be some people who can’t make camp and need to sell their ticket for whatever reason. I will start a waiting list and if a current ticket holder emails me looking to onsell their ticket, you may be able to get a ticket this way. Obviously no guarantees that you’ll get a ticket, but you may as well be on the list. Email: email@example.com and put “waiting list” in the subject line.
For information about ticket transfers, read below before purchasing or selling a ticket.
Info on buying/selling tickets
If you buy another persons ticket to Camp, that is totally cool, however there is a simple procedure. Once you have purchased you need to ask the current holder of the ticket to email: firstname.lastname@example.org with their name and ticket number, they need to also email me your name and email address. I will then email confirmation to you, the new ticket holder.
Tickets may not be sold for more than face value ($228 if they paid by credit card). If tickets are sold on trademe, they must have a “buynow” of $228 or less. If somebody tries to sell you a ticket for more, please let me know and I’ll get in touch with them to refund at standard amount and sell their ticket to you. I won’t tolerate people trying to profit from selling their ticket.
An unusual mix with the mellow and lovely duo French for Rabbits playing to a small audience, which then grew a bit when the show-offy ‘punk’ trio the Hatemen ran through a short set, and was actually pretty solid by the time the Undercurrents had reunited on stage.
All 3 groups were fun, the new Dux felt like a bit of a barn at first, but its really great having a mid-sized venue in Christchurch.