We Are The West's Brett Hool shares his favorite travel song on QAmbassador.
What is your favorite travel song?
"They’re all travel songs in one way or another. We’re all moving even if we think we’re standing still. Fine, can you really go wrong with ‘On The Road Again’? My mom used to sing that to us on road trips when I was little." -Brett Hool
A convergence of sound and space, experimental folk collective We Are The West are dedicated song-stylists who have developed a uniquely immersive approach to performance, playing both concert halls and improvised venues, including their preeminent underground parking garage concert series.
On March 30th We Are The West released their first full-length album, The Golden Shore. Opening the mythical expedition is contemplative lead track, “Siren,” which was recorded live, and features the core sound of Brett Hool's vocal/guitar sailing atop the soundscape of John Kibler's upright bass, and Jesse Olsen Bay's ghostly accordion. With a subtle mix by Jonathan Burnside [Melvins, Red House Painters, The Sleepy Jackson], the raw acoustics serve as the base for the epic journey that lies ahead, bringing The Golden Shore into focus. Acclaimed music discovery outlet, Under The Radar, which bills itself as “The solution to music pollution,” premiered the official music video, which sees Hool and Kibler disassembling an old Lowery organ at sunset, though shown in reverse, so it appears it’s being built at sunrise. Noted the publication, "Low Anthem, Led Zeppelin & Moody Blues all come delightfully to mind."
Apr 03 – Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room Apr 04 – Albuquerque, NM @ Gold House Apr 05 – Santa Fe, NM @ Scottish Rite Masonic Temple (w/ David Berkeley) Apr 12 – Bolinas, CA @ Smiley’s Schooner Saloon Apr 14 – San Francisco, CA @ Amnesia (w/ The Japonize Elephants, Erik Brock) Apr 15 – Carmel, CA @ Folktale Winery (Folk In The Gallery) Apr 28 – Santa Monica, CA @ Underground Parking Garage (w/ Fell Runner) May 02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon (w/ Rainstorm Brother, DJ Gerard) May 11 – Santa Monica, CA @ Santa Monica Playhouse (w/ Rob Morrow Band, Hayley Reardon) May 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Love Song
May 22 – Venice, CA @ Del Monte Speakeasy (w/ Radio Skies) May 26 – Santa Monica, CA @ Underground Parking Garage (w/ Little Wings, Radio Skies) Jun 16 – Groveland, CA @ Yosemite Lakes Aug 11 – El Portal, CA @ Evergreen Lodge Aug 12 – Groveland, CA @ Rush Creek Lodge