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Doomtree on The Current

9 Dec

It has been Doomtree week in the Twin Cities, with the epic Blowout VII events coming fast and furious from the 7th Street Entry, and now, tonight and Saturday, from the Mainroom at First Avenue. If you haven’t been cramming into the Entry to get the sold-out feeling live, then the recaps and media around it has been fairly inescapable – Gimme Noise, Star Tribune,, Shuttersmack, Meredith Westin, MPLS.TV and innumerable tweets and facebook status updates. Point is, people are loving it and it is a triumph for Doomtree, First Avenue and the Twin Cities music scene.

Before all the real live madness kicked off though, the Wings & Teeth crew stopped by the UBS Forum at Minnesota Public Radio last Thursday to record a session for 89.3 The Current, which will air tonight at 7pm for your listening pleasure. Don’t worry about bursting your real-time bubble about it being “live” radio, if you listen in, Dessa will also do that for you. When she accidentally talked about “next week”, host and interviewer Mark Wheat first reacted in mock horror, then the crew turned it into a running joke, showing off that even if time closes in on them, they remain loose and funny.

Between performing five songs off No Kings – “The Grand Experiment”, “Beacon”, “Little Mercy”, “Bolt Cutter”, and”Bangarang” – time was one of the themes of the interview portion, specifically, how fast No Kings came together. Originally spearheaded by Lazerbeak and Cecil Otter, the record was pitched in March and written, recorded, produced, mastered and released in time for the December 4th date that Lazerbeak had set, to his own admitted amazement, with Dessa quipping, “Name one other miracle that happens in nine months.” Credit for the miracle was given to Lazerbeak for rounding everyone up, and then also to Cecil Otter for acting, in essence, as executive producer for the record, streamlining the sounds and building the record into a cohesive set of songs.

That cohesion was also aided by the fact that as opposed to making sure that all members of the collective got equal time on the record, as they did with the 2008 Doomtree, the verses and time was allowed to organically develop and overlap, making No Kings in P.O.S.’s words, “a suite of music,” and more of a collaboration than a compilation. When talking about that collaborative aspect, all the members of the now 10-year-old project put their success down to being friends first and after that, not taking anything too personally. Dessa put the Doomtree ethos eloquently when she said that the working model for the group was to, “Seek not to suppress and don’t tolerate any oppression,” which fits nicely into the No Kings title.

And what if, as an aspiring artist, you want the same level of success as Doomtree? Sims added that he didn’t feel that there was anything that Doomtree could do for aspiring artists that they couldn’t do for themselves. Doomtree is the proof and for more (plus the music) tune in to The Current at 7pm to hear them tell it for themselves.

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