Phil Moore and Beth Tacular have given up on the human world. In the backwoods of North Carolina, they live in an Airstream trailer with no electricity or plumbing, the nearest town about 15 minutes away. This Walden-like existence is perfect for creating mellow music that conjures thoughts of crackling campfires and warm summer evenings.
Guitarist and songwriter Moore and percussionist Tacular, along with Mark Paulson on piano, violin and percussion, make up The Bowerbirds, a band that began by writing personal music to praise nature. Talk of the band's poetic and sometimes haunting lyrics about humankind's ability to destroy the natural world soon made its way into indie circles. The group makes music naturally--electric guitars and amplifiers are absent from the debut album, "Hymns for a Dark Horse."
E Magazine talked to Phil Moore about the band's environmental vision.
(1.) What's your songwriting process--do you write songs outside?
P.M.: I do, mostly on front porches overlooking nice views. It's best to put myself where there's nothing like buzzers, other people, distractions, cars driving by--all that stuff.
(2.) E: What mainstream amenities are you going without in the middle of the woods?
P.M.: We just got a cell phone and Internet. We also just got water--kind of. We ran a hose from my neighbor's well, so we have cold, cold water. We don't have electricity, but we have a solar panel. We don't have a toilet--we don't have...