Green Door, a San Francisco based psychedelic, rock, garage band has just released a sparkling new EP entitled "Wolf In The Fold", evoking themes of the mythic Wild West. Their music has been coined "Western psychedelic rock", and allows its listeners to experience rhythms of the 1960 garage and acid rock.
The band includes: Mike Camahan on lead vocals and guitar, Vanessa Wolter, on drums and vocals, Reese Abell on bass and vocals, Evan Wardell playing guitar and vocals and Devin Triplett on organ and vocals.
I spoke with frontman Mike Camahan regarding the philosophies behind the songs, and the mysteries behind the myths of the old West.
Your music is really cool and different. Who writes the music?
Thank you. The whole band collaborates on it. A lot of the songs are kind of the brainchild of myself and Vanessa the drummer. One of the songs on the album called "Back to Houston" was written by our keyboard player, Devin. He's written songs on our older album as well. The whole band really collaborates and contributes to it.
How did you get together?
Vanessa and I have known each other for a long time. We went to school together and both had an interest in westerns and in film and American myths. Eventually we moved to San Francisco and met everybody else from being in the music scene. We all get along and have a shared interest in the style of music, and it kind of worked out from there.
The album is kind of about Western myths, explain that please.
In taking on so many cultures that are older then ours, they have myths that have been around for 100's or 1,000's of years even. We really feel like the kind of American West and the pioneer spirit and Cowboys, Native Americans, is all part of our American myth. We really wanted to kind of incorporate that and pay homage to it with our music.
Give me an example.
For example the first song, "Wolf In The Fold", the title track from the album is largely inspired by Wyatt Earp. It hints at little parts of his life. For example his first wife Marilla, they had a son that died before he was born. That kind of shows up in there. He had an infamous temper and would fly off the handle sometimes. He even worked in a brothel before he became a law man. All of these ideas are in the songs. But we also try to be not too literal about it. I try to keep the lyrics abstract enough so that people can take from it what they hear which I think is important. So that an example. Some of the themes of the songs are myths that are made up just to kind of serve a purpose. The song " Tall Grass is Tangled" is a created myth. It's about a town that has a coal mine that and enslaves a native American person. Ultimately through Karma the coal mine ends of catching on fire and the town burns down. It's sort of retribution for these evil acts.
Do you perform live?
We do, yeah. We just had our album release show last month in San Francisco and we are working on our 2018 concert schedule now. We're going to be doing a West Coast tour this summer.
If you could tell your fans anything, what would you say?
We love to blend elements of music from the past with what's happening now and what could be happening in the future. We are really into that and interesting sounds from throwback eras. We are very interested in the myth of America, whether it's westerns or whether it's the 60s and the hippie movement, and the civil rights movement and things like that. All of these things are all part of that American myth. We'd like people to hear that, and take that from what we are putting out there.
Where do you hope to be in five years.
In five years we'd love to have our music appreciated and heard by lots of people and just still be doing it.
Written by Eileen Shapiro
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