DOWN LOW WITH DOLDRUMSMarch 22, 2013
This is Doldrums, the dreamy yet dirty sound of musician Airick Woodhead. Hailing from Montreal, this fresh face 22 year old college dropout is paving his way to alt-scene success with his new album Lesser Evil. Keep on scrolling for music, videos, pictures and an interview with the man himself.
Let us describe Doldrums’ sound with quick fire words and expressions. Dreamy. Pumping. Distorted. Tropical. Wild. Rhythmically challenging. Full of hook. Deep. All with a sense of dispair from a man who admits a fear of modern technology in a world losing touch with reality.
Being touring buddies with Grimes has no doubt laid an influence on Airicks writing, he apparently used her laptop to record this recent album before heading over to XL in London to finish it all up. There is also truth in the fact that this genre of sound has become increasingly familiar amongst artists over the past few years, but, the Doldrums edge (and why we love it all the more here at UO) lies within the live performance. Using a full band to replicate the electronic sounds featured in the recordings, Airick displays an organic integrity to his craft, setting himself apart from a genre which typically features the massive use of laptops and pre-programmed digital effects.
We wanted to have a quick chat with Airick, here’s what went down.
So, we heard you took your name from The Phantom Tollbooth – how many songs from the film can you sing all the way through?
Well, I’ve only read the book…
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What’s the best thing about your job?
That I don’t have one?
Sum up your musical style in three words…
Janky. Sleemy. Good.
If you were a wrestler, what name would you give yourself?
King Eric Pembrook the 14th.
Are there any cities you’d give your left arm to play in?
I can’t wait to play japan, I’m really curious about the theatre scene there after reading David Byrne’s last book.
Any other artists you’d give the other arm to play with?
What if I don’t give my first one away, can this one be for the left arm? Can I cut if off AFTER I play with this hypothetical person or do I play armless? You need to lie out some ground rules here!
If you weren’t making music, what might you be doing?
I’d like to open a swatch store. Not to sell paint. Just swatches. It’s a dying industry.
Do you have any surprise influences?
Bollywood music from the 60s and 70s, especially when they try to mimic north American psych bands.
If you could resize any animal and ride it to work, what would it be?
A naked mole rat.
What’s your favourite ever song lyric?
It was all yellow… what… Chris? What?!
What couldn’t you do your job without?
Picture it: you’re setting up a boy band. Who’s in it?
Definitely four of me.
Who’s in your band?
Can we join?
Do you have any party tricks?
What’s your drink of choice?
Your favourite word?
Your favourite swear word..?
After watching skins (the UK one) I tend to stick with Dildo.
What book did you love as a kid?
Enders game, it’s coming out as a movie this year!
Tell us a joke…
What did Salvador Dali eat for breakfast?
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