As a Pacific Northwest native, Twin Peaks will forever hold a special place in my heart. The show does such an incredible job of capturing the wondrous beauty and character of our region as well as the dark secrets that lay underneath. Like, why do we breed so many of our nation’s most notorious serial killers? Only the owls can truly know, I guess.
I have been a Twin Peaks fan since I finally was able to watch it all of the way through without getting too freaked out. Let’s just say, I’m not the best when it comes to scary stuff. I had to leave the theater three times when I first saw Jurassic Park and I can guarantee you I will never be able to speak with authority about the Walking Dead. I watched the first 10 minutes of that show and was like, “Nope.” I totally left the room as a kid whenever Twin Peaks got too intense, so there were whole parts of that show that I experienced for the first time when I re-watched it back in college. For example, pretty much all of the Leo scenes. Jesus, that guy was terrifying. No less so when he was paralyzed in a wheelchair, either, which is downright impressive.
Getting to channel Laura Palmer for this shoot was an absolute blast. Like Laura, I sometimes feel like I live a double life being an attorney by day and a musician by night. Except my double life doesn’t involve cocaine, BDSM, or a bizarre co-dependent relationship with my shrink. Nonetheless, I can really relate to the idea of playing different roles for different circumstances. People who meet me in one aspect of my life are often shocked to learn the other side of things. I don’t think the two roles are at odds with one another, though, as both require a good amount of creativity and a ton of hard work. Unfortunately, only one allows me to wear velvet jumpsuits with any sort of regularity.
Smokey Brights are firing on all cylinders right now, which has been friggin’ awesome. We released our debut full-length album, Taste for Blood, last November and the reception has been I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E. Not only have we gotten a ton of love and support from the music community, journalists, and KEXP, I also regularly have people tell me they love the record. People who are not my mom and have absolutely no obligation to give such a nice compliment. Just randomly throughout my day. It’s amazing.
I keep pinching myself that I landed in a band with not only the love of my life, Ryan Devlin, but also with three of my best friends – Jim Vermillion, Michael Kalnoky, and Nick Krivchenia. On top of just truly enjoying hanging out with each other, which we would do anyway, everyone is ridiculously creative, talented, and down to put in the hours and hours of work it takes to get a project like Smokeys to the place we want it to be. It truly feels like one of those “one in a million” situations life just sometimes hands to you out of dumb luck. We have a ridiculous amount of big shows and developments in the works. I can’t announce most of them right now, but be on the lookout for some majorly exciting news. I can tell you that we have a Daytrotter session coming out this month and we’ll be doing an in-studio session for KEXP on Wednesday, February 4th at 1pm. Those in Seattle who want to catch us live, we’ll be at Neumos, Saturday, February 21st. That also happens to be my birthday, so we’ll be in full party mode. On top of all of this, we are actively writing and perfecting songs for our upcoming record, which we hope to start recording this fall. It’s about to pop off!