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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Old Hours

Old Hours Interview, Bandcamp

Connected by blood but living across the country from one another, Anna Carlson and Nathaniel Walberer had met a few times. It wasn’t until Carlson moved from Massachusetts to Phoenix in 2012 that they realized collaborating musically came naturally.

The cousins formed Old Hours in early 2013 and released debut album, Even in the Sun, this June. The album is available to purchase through Amazon and iTunes. All of the band’s prior music is available to stream and purchase on Bandcamp.

Old Hours has since relocated to North Carolina but took time to talk to The Spec about influences and future plans, read what the group had to say, below…

How long have you been making music?
We’ve been playing together for about a year and half. Both of us have been involved in music for most of our lives. Nathaniel is originally a drummer and played in a few other bands in Phoenix before Old Hours.

Who/what are your influences?
Our families, friends, and the people we’ve encountered in our lives influence us. We spend a lot of time outside and traveling whenever we can so those experiences definitely impact us as well.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
Nathaniel:Oklahoma at Night.” It’s a pretty honest and personal song that we decided to put on the album and I’m happy that the mood was translated well.

Anna: Wolf River.” I love the harmonies in the chorus and bridge- it was a lot of fun to record the additional harmonies with Nathaniel and I love how the song turned out.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We’re planning to tour on the East Coast, and to continue to write music. We’re hoping to record another album in the next year or so.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
Nathaniel: I’d wanna start a farm or become an art teacher.

Anna: I’m a special education teacher, so I would continue with that, or something in outdoor education. I like to be outside. I also dream of opening up a café someday: a place where I can combine my love of people, food, books, and music.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
We’re influenced by artists of all genres. We listen to a lot of First Aid Kit, Conor Oberst, Ryan Adams, and The Tallest Man on Earth but also like some older bands like The Talking Heads, Fleetwood Mac, and Jackson Browne. Nathaniel really enjoys jazz records, but it doesn’t really show in our writing.

Why do you make music?
It’s a creative outlet for both of us. It’s a way for us to connect with people. Music has given so much to us and now we are giving back.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
Purchase our album on iTunes and make sure to eat all your fruits and veggies.

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