Co-owned by Oberst and his friend Phil Schaffart, it’s been open and mostly free of musical acts since September of 2012, not long after he reunited with Desaparecidos, a band whose political specificity allows him to save more universal musings for his own work. (They recorded five new songs in March and are set to continue working on more later this year.)
Conor speaks to last.fm about how his process for writing songs hasn’t changed, just the subject matter has; Playing with Dawes as his backing band & keeping his music fresh through collaboration.
Conor Oberst: This is an interesting fact that I learned recently. I’m from Nebraska, I’m from Omaha, and my whole life, I have thought or been told that we’re either the flattest state, or if we’re not the flattest state, we’re like one of the flattest states. Topographically. We’re not. We’re not the flattest state.
“The idea of Upside Down Mountain, even the title itself, is that we’re all alone in our own minds, our own internal mountaintops or universes”.
Noch ein Interview findet man auf der Website von The Line of Best Fit
Dazu gibt es eine sehr schöne Version von Common Knowledge.
This is the first song I wrote after I got married. It is a about transitions and fear. Everything worth doing in life involves some kind of leap of faith. No one can guarantee anything in this world. You have to take your best guess and trust your instincts and just get on with it. Follow your nose all the way home if you can.
Ein Q Magazine Gastbeitrag zu Upside Town Mountain Fürs Q-Magazine