We're dutch, isn't that crazy?!If there is one thing the Central Oregon music scene is severely lacking its electro, indie-pop, which is a shame because, well, it's a pretty freaking awesome genre. But the time has finally come for synth-rocking electronica to make an appearance and Anderson, a Netherlands-based duo, is the band to bring it to the High Desert. We caught up with Jeroen van der Werken to talk about the band's U.S. tour and their Postal Service-ish sound.
tSW: How did you guys get started together?
Jeroen van der Werken: About five years ago, Bas and I met in the Netherlands when we were camping out in the summer. We found out that we both were working on writing songs and that we were into the same music. I really liked his stuff and he really liked mine, and one thing led to another.
Coming to America, what are you guys most excited to see? Experience? Try?
Jeroen: The West Coast is made for being on the road, we love it! Long drives, empty roads, good music on the iPod, meeting nice people, enjoying local food. We just spent some time in Los Angeles - we had our album release party in Hollywood and that was great. We're very much looking forward to visiting San Francisco, but also to our time in the Northwest, our favorite part of the U.S.
How would you say your shows in America compare to those in the Netherlands?
The shows aren't that different really. In general, we're really spoiled with the club scene in the Netherlands. Our government puts a lot of money in culture and that really makes what we have beautiful-state-of-the-art venues, even in the smallest towns. The same thing also makes Dutch bands lazy. Touring in the U.S. is more rock and roll, life seems to be harder for bands here, there's way more competition. We love playing for U.S. crowds. People can get really enthusiastic over here, you Americans are not afraid to show your appreciation, and that's inspiring.
I love the idea of one song for each member of the family on your latest album, It Runs in the Family. How did you come up with the concept?
We really wanted to make a solid album, not just a bunch of songs that happen to be on the same CD. In the process of writing and producing the record, we came up with the idea of a family, spread out over the world, all members living their own separate lives. We started working from there and It Runs In The Family is the result.
7pm Friday, July 17. Back Porch Coffee Roasters. 1075 NW Newport Ave.