Half Moon Run
November 16, 2012
Doors at 8:00pm
Show at 9:00pm
2200 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
$17 day of show
STG presents Patrick Watson on Friday, November 16, 2012 at The Crocodile in Seattle.
“Adventures In Your Own Backyard is a record made at home with lots of love. After our past tours and last recordings around the world, we decided to bring this album home. We set up our instruments in my loft and over a year, came in and out, just pressed “record” and hoped for the best. We recorded most of the music live, “off the floor”, trying to capture what people like about our shows, which can be difficult to transcribe in a studio sometimes. We also realized that when you’re making a record, it’s sometimes easier to make one that’s fun to work on but not necessarily one you would listen to. We noticed that records we love to listen to are more simple than the ones we’ve made, so we tried are best to make an album that was as easy and fun to do than it is to listen to. We decided to make a simple and grounded record where each single sound has to be a necessity, or cut. The adventure aspect consisted into bringing a little sugar to people’s home, inspired by Ennio Morricone’s soundtracks.
After being far from home, constantly inspired by exotic new places, the novelty begins slowly to wear off and the idea of “home” becomes inspiring and fun. Sometimes you take for granted all the amazing stories and people you walk by each day and start fantasizing about a faraway place, but you might miss the greatness that’s just right around you. This record has been a great companion to me while I was making it. I hope it treats everyone who listens the same way and I also hope it brings a little adventure into the listeners’ ears.
In terms of lyrics, I definitely tried my best to keep my ears open and to be inspired by the people around me. For example, the lyrics of the song “Strange Crooked Road” are based on a friend of mine family’s stories and if you try a little hard, you might be able to imagine these strange stories and people on your own / by yourself. “The Quiet Crowd” has been inspired by events like when you’re in an elevator packed with people, and there’s this uncomfortable silence and you can suddenly hear everyone’s thoughts. Secret thoughts that deep down in their heart, they would love to sing out loud. “Into Giants” is a simple song about a family growing together, getting better at facing things in unison and also about friendships, new friends as well as the ones you lost along the way. One of the most memorable stories that we brought home happened while we were driving to the Grand Canyon. On our way there, we met a guy who pulled his jeep in front of us pretty aggressively and gave us a 20 minute long sermon. He basically told us that we should talk to our instruments while playing our music and he did it with so much grace that it felt like it was a scene from a Cohen brother’s movie.
Anyways, since then I can’t get that guy out of my head.”