Twin Peaks are a rising rock band who's discography and tour schedule seems to be flowing constantly. They took the Lomo'Instant Automat with them on their latest tour, signed their lovely memory maker and are now ready to pass it on to one of you - along with their latest Sweet '17 Singles Vinyl LP. Follow the link below.
We got to speak with band member, Cadien about shooting on tour, as well as his photo experience.
Hi Cadien, welcome to the magazine, how was your tour?
Tour was a real blast! We had the great guys in The Districts out with us which was really fun, and we got to head to some new places and had killer shows. Can't complain about that.
What would you say are some challenges you have on tour?
Although we're much more comfortable touring now than six years ago when we left on our first DIY tour, it's still mainly just a battle to keep yourself mentally and physically sharp to play great and have fun each night. Finding healthy food on an eight hour drive through Montana can be tough, and getting sleep before an eight hour drive to a three 'o clock load in after getting to your hotel at three am the night before is rough too. But the challenges are no match against the beauty of the road and sharing music with people.
You seem to have a lot of artists and photographers who accompany you on tour, what was it like having yourselves now act as the photographer?
It wasn't a change of pace or anything given there's been a lot of disposables through the years and I've often had point and shoots on tour until they've broken, but it was fun getting to do this project because it shows the little moments that were either pretty reprieves or something the band saw they found interesting at the time. I'm a-ok with amateur photography so I enjoyed it.
Have you worked with photography before, if so what are your experiences?
I've been messing with cameras since a friends' mother gave me my first SLR (a Canon AE-1) in eighth grade, although I've never been great at it. I did a summer program when I was 15 where I got to shoot black and white around the city and develop and print in a dark room, got to use some cool big cameras (like the ones where you get under a little blanket and pull the shutter from out of the front or something). I certainly wasn't one of the more impressive students though haha. I've always kept a love for it and I've had the rare roll I've shot that makes me really happy. My father is a great photographer who's been shooting since the early sixties so I've always had cool photos and photobooks around the house. His name is Michael Gaylord James everyone look him up.
How'd you enjoy working with the Lomo'Instant Automat?
It was a bundle of fun! I've used the fuji instax cameras before but the Automat is much more rewarding. The amount of control you have over exposure and choosing to do multiple exposures was super fun. I've always been a fan of double exposures since my first roll on the AE-1 so I was a sucker for trying to make cool shots with that.
You seem to have many influences of analog media, even releasing some of your record on vinyl, why do you thing keeping analog media alive is important in our digitally dense world?
I just think analog in music and visual media looks and sounds better; it's hard to avoid dorky descriptors like "warmth" and "nostalgia", but i truly find something so much more enrapturing in a grainy film picture or the sound of drums hitting a tape machine too hard. I like digital distortion too, it has it's own weird charm, but it has nothing on pushing analog media past it's intended purposes. Analog has more room for mistakes and I love happy accidents. Also... you could spend two minutes heating up dinner in your microwave or ordering off grub hub to save time, but how much more satisfying is cooking a meal.. it's time well spent in my opinion.
Pick 2-3 photos and give it some more context. Where were you? What happened there?
This was a fun moment; we pulled over in what our tour manager Peyton had heard was a ghost town. There was an abandoned convenient store, an old boat, a water tower, and a long office type trailer along some train tracks. We wandered about, got a little spooked, acted rascals. Here are the boys throwin' rocks at the building I was in.
We were bored in the van messing with the camera when this went down. We thought our friend Daniel who was doing sound that run looked super funny and kind of steampunk in these weird sunglasses and hat, and had just gotten this weird little picture (which is now in my room at home) at a thrift store, and I loved how the hand holding the picture sneaking into the picture turned out. Just a cool vibe.
This photo is from Peoria Illinois on our first night on the road with Spoon. This guy was the security guard at the venue and was just a really kind fun guy. He taught me and Clay some Jiu Jitsu (sp?) defensive moves and tossed us on the ground a few times. He was a gem to meet and I hope he's doing well.. I'm sure he is, he was a very positive fella.
What can we expect to see from the Twin Peaks project in the future?
A buttload more records and good times.