"We all really love fishing" We chat with The Deep Dark Woods
Somewhere in the middle of Europe a van holds the current members of The Deep Dark Woods. On tour supporting their sleek new album, Yarrow, the Americana band from the depths of Canada are visiting most of Scandinavia and the UK on this leg. Travel time gave band leader Ryan Boldt the chance to answer some of our questions.
Hey Deep Dark Woods guy, how the devil are you doing?
Doing quite well, thank you.
Where are you right now?
We are in the mountains of Norway, it's quite something.
What have you been up to today?
Just been sitting in a van for the last seven hours. Had some snacks and a nap.
People already know you, but tell us about the band anyway.
We play folk rock music, we've released six albums over twelve years, our latest being Yarrow.
What’s one thing you can divulge about the band that people won’t already know?
We all really love fishing.
What can you tell us about Yarrow in two sentences?
It was recorded in my hometown of Saskatoon with my friend Barrett Ross from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. I was very sick while it was being made.
If people could hear just one song from the album, what would you choose for them? And why?
I would choose 'The Winter Has Passed'. It's exactly the sound I had in my head when I wrote the song, which rarely happens.
I love ‘Drifting On A Summer’s Night’, what can you tell us about that song?
It's the only song that mentions bowling that I've ever written.
How did you go about writing and choosing which songs to record?
I wrote most of them during the band's hiatus when I was living in Victoria, BC. I chose the ones I felt best fit together for an album that would fit onto one LP.
‘The Birds Will Stop Their Singing’ has a great title and takes its time, which not enough music does these days. How do you construct a song that lasts eight minutes?
Hmmm, well, I had a bunch of lyrics that were written together with Clayton and another guy and I wrote the music to it, I didn't really play the whole thing through until we went into the studio and recorded it, we all came up with ideas for when the band should come, fall out and fall apart. It all came together pretty naturally.
Which is your favourite Deep Dark Woods album?
Yarrow, by far. It's shorter and it flows far better than any of the previous records.
You’ve had a bit of a line-up change over the years, how has that affected how you make music?
It's a great thing, playing with different people. Having other people playing the older songs makes them fresh again. It needed to happen or the band would have fallen apart.
When was the last time you were starstruck?
When I met Mike Babcock, the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Emma Lake convenience store.
Can you tell us the best and the worst thing about your hometown?
The best thing are my friends, I like my small group of friends. The worst thing is the winter, I hate it with all of my heart.
You’re touring at the moment, what’s the best thing about being on the road?
Playing the music and going to places I've never been before with my good friends.
And the worst?
Which town are you most looking forward to playing when you’re in the UK?
I'm looking forward to Brighton, we've always had good shows musically and it's nice to know that Shirley Collins is only a few minutes away.
On Twitter this week you talked about how chips make a good instrument, that doesn’t make any sense to us Brits as chips are like fries. You mean crisps. What’s the most confusing language difference for you?
Probably the crisps and chips thing, it's very confusing.
What are your plans for the rest of 2018?
After the UK we're headed to the west coast of the United States as well as some shows in the eastern US in September. Probably do Canada again in the fall.
If you could recommend one song to hear this week, what would it be?
'Maryland Again' by Gerry Goffin.
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
Who's in the band on this tour... Evan Cheadle, Mike Silverman, Kacy Anderson, Clayton Linthicum.
Finally, how do you take your coffee?
To find out more about The Deep Dark Woods you can visit their website, follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook, or see what they're up to on Instagram. Yarrow is available now to stream or buy everywhere you'd think to buy music.