Interview: The return of Slow Loris with Pictures of Everything
Wes Doyle of Slow Loris has been a busy guy over the last five years. As an East Coast transplant to Madison, he put out two albums and an EP from 2010 to 2011, even challenging Zola Jesus at times for the local lo-fi recording crown. Utilizing a DIY bedroom studio technique that became a Slow Loris trademark, Wes has a knack for layered guitars and fuzz-induced hysteria.
The album Routine Glow was one of my favorites and made Rock of the Arts top ten local releases in 2011. The psych-infused diary of a solo artist seemed both personal and accessable, but never boring. A side-project with his wife Elsa called Treefort came out in early 2012 and then life got in the way. Wes kept his music making low profile and enjoyed the professional opportunities and culture that Madison has to offer. No new released material for years.
We thought Wes was one of the thousands of people who temporarily call Madison home before exiting Wisconsin for new adventures. It came as a surprise when the familiar low-fi textured ambience and airy vocals of Slow Loris emerged once again on Bandcamp in December with the new EP Pictures of Everything. We caught up with Wes to see what he's been doing.
Making an album on your own is like going to the grocery store with some ideas for 10 to 12 dishes, buying a bunch of nice ingredients and then trying to cook them all before everything goes rotten. It almost always turns out better with more time spent planning and practicing and quick execution of those ideas, rather than trying to work out your ideas or improve technical aspects during the recording process. It's a challenge for me to get into that mindset, though.
As far as gigs go, it's difficult to say. I love the creative aspect of making music, but performance is a different animal. Playing live can be a lot of fun, but it's tough to pull together a group of people and get the practice in, especially working full-time. Then, you book shows, carry around your guitar and amp and drums and stay out and just play to a few of your friends. It's all worth it if there is love on both sides of the stage. I'd love to help foster more interest in creative rock music in Madison. That's pretty squarely the responsibility of the music-makers, as far as I'm concerned. So, I've got to get to work writing better songs. We'll see how things are going when warmer weather rolls around.