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Eternal Tapestry interview with Dewey Mahood

November 9, 2012

Eternal Tapestry interview with Dewey Mahood

Photo by Amanda Smith
Eternal Tapestry is a psychedelic, drone, experimental project going on for a couple of years now releasing quite a lot of albums and they recorded a new one. We spoke with Dewey Mahood from the band about their upcoming album titled “A World Out Of Time”. It will be released on November 13 at Thrill Jockey
What is the main driving force behind
‘Eternal Tapestry’?
The band has always been about friends
getting together and collectively losing ourselves in sonic exploration. Our
music is founded on the principal of escaping our individual egos and
contributing to something larger then ourselves, creating a massive sound that
forms an alternate reality. It’s about escape from the everyday boredom of
jobs, consumerism, and meaningless bullshit. I like to think of Eternal
Tapestry as a never ending creative process building multi-hued prisms of
sound.
The project is running now for a couple
of years. Have you noticed any changes from the very beginning; regarding the
musicianship, influences… 
Nick and I have been playing music weekly
since 2005, and Jed’s been with us since 2006. In the formative first two years
we had a lot of friends come and go, and the music was much more wild and
hairy. We have always been a psychedelic band, but in those days we had a foot
in the noise scene. Bands like Axolotl and GHQ influenced our methods. The real
primary forces behind the band is Parson Sound and Les Rallizes Denudes though.
Jed was living in Brooklyn at the time and sent Nick recordings of those two
bands. Nick and I were hanging out at practice and he said “check out this
stuff my brother just sent.” We were never the same! heh heh
These days we have been more influenced by
American bands of the late 60’s and early 70’s like Michael Yonkers, The Index,
The Weeds, early Grateful Dead, and the Velvet Underground. Our sound has
become a bit more traditional over the years, but I feel that is a natural
result of playing together for 7 years.
You have a new album coming out. Will
there be any major changes as far as the sound goes?
Well, the new one A World Out Of Time
features our first acoustic folk tune Sand Into Rain. I think it will be a
pretty big surprise to anyone who’s been following us. We are big fans of stuff
like The Byrds and thought it would be cool to write something touching on that
type of vibe. It’s still very much us, just with acoustic guitars and Nick’s
singing written lyrics. It was a really cool experiment for us going for a
completely new sound. Other then that we tried hard to keep the song lengths
down and getting as many ideas recorded as possible. Our inspiration for the
album is The Faust Tapes, and we went into the studio thinking in terms of
small chunks rather then sprawling free form epics.
Would you name a few less known
influences, that had a great impact on the band
I think I already hit on most of them! heh
heh A lot of non musical stuff like Philip K Dick, J.G. Ballard, and Robert
Anton Wilson. Writers that tell fantastic tales, and comment on how messed up
human civilization is with a sense of humor. Paranoid 1970’s thrillers like The
Conversation, The Parallax View, Network. Just about anything by David
Cronenberg.
Your upcoming album is titled ‘A World
Out of Time’. What is the concept behind it?
Well, like most everything we release the
central theme is creating an alternate universe. One without corrupt politics,
greedy CEOs, genetically modified food, pollution, war. We have this real
romantic idealism of simplifying our needs and living a more nature based
existence, with loud amps and electronics of course! Our music is based on
escape in the intellectual, imaginational sense. The album is designed to work
as a single piece of music to immerse the listener in a fantasy world of our
creation.
If you don’t mind I’m sure my readers would
love if you could present them the new album. What can they expect from it?
They can expect fuzz, long sustained notes,
darkness and resolve, musique concrete, hyper Terry Rileyesque organ, saxophone
with wah wah, tape compressed drum bashing, rain narratively and sonically,
phased riffs, boogie, freakish dystopian anxiety and serene pastoral
comedown. 
Can we expect a tour along the upcoming
release?
The band is invited to play Roadburn
festival in Holland this April so we are working on a tour around this date. We
hope to hit countries we missed when in Europe last year focusing on Northern
and Eastern Europe, Germany, and Italy.
What’s on your turntable right now and
what are you reading?
I just spun the Group Inerane LP on Sublime
Frequencies from a couple years ago, Guitars From Agadez Vol. 3. Such amazing
and beautiful music played by these guys out in the middle of the desert. Even
though we are culturally very removed from them, I feel we are both
communicating via the same basic language of ecstatic melodic guitar
improvisation and mantrid drones. I’d love for Etap to travel to Africa and jam
with some of these dudes!
I’m always in the middle of a few books. I
just finished this incredible book called The Man Who Planted Trees about this
dude David Milarch who’s collecting specimens from the oldest and largest trees
still alive. With little funding this guy is traveling around the world,
climbing trees, taking cuttings, and growing new super trees. It’s DIY, roll up
yer selves, and do something about climate change and deforestation. Real
inspiring stuff.
Thanks for taking your time. I wish you
good luck with the upcoming album. Would you like to send a message to our
readers?
Be yourself, consider all ideas/opinions
but don’t accept anything until you’ve given it plenty of thought, eat plenty
of garlic, visit the mountains and ocean, spread joy to the people around you.
Thank you.
Photo by Amanda Smith
Interview made by Klemen
Breznikar / 2012
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http://psychedelicbaby.blogspot.com / 2012
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