interview

The Text Of Young America

Source: 
Maximum Fun
Author: 
Chris Bowman
Publication date: 
November 2, 2009

The Text Of Young America

John Roderick is the lead vocalist and main songwriter for Seattle-based band The Long Winters. Roderick’s lyrics are razor sharp, highly sing-alongable, and often detail the sweetness and the struggle of relationships. In short, the man can write a mean pop song. The Long Winters is recording the follow-up to 2006's Putting The Days To Bed, due out in late spring 2010. I spoke to Roderick about the new record and the band's new, loose approach to the singing-songwriting exercise. As for the new sound, it's familiar, but not too familiar. But not too not familiar.

Chris Bowman: One thing that comes up again and again when speaking to creative types is procrastination. It’s ever present when trying to get things done. You allude to it in 13 Songs, the series documenting the creative process behind The Long Winters new record. What does procrastination mean to you?  » read more

Long Winters Frontman John Roderick Talks Kathleen Edwards Collaboration

Source: 
Paste Magazine
Author: 
Christina Lee
Publication date: 
December 17, 2009

Long Winters Frontman John Roderick Talks Kathleen Edwards Collaboration

John Roderick has waited his entire life to have his own home studio, to serve as yet another way for him to make music on his own terms. But when he finally got that studio, he began wishing for an authority figure. “I’ve kinda worked really hard to get to a place where no one can tell me what to do, you know,” the Long Winters frontman tells Paste. “That’s been my goal for my whole creative life, to get to a place where nobody’s the boss of me. And now that I’m there, I’ve realized that I need a manager.”  » read more

Democrats Make Gains in Midterm Elections

Source: 
Spin
Author: 
Spin staff
Publication date: 
November 8, 2006

Democrats Make Gains in Midterm Elections

Judging by the midterm election results, yesterday's vote made it clear the country is ready for a change. After a bitter campaign, the Democrats easily recaptured the House, and while ballots are still being counted to determine if they won control of the Senate, some artists are already rejoicing over what they consider good news. Politically-loquacious Moby wrote in his online journal, "So the Democrats have won a majority...good work everybody. It's especially impressive because the Republicans outspent the Democrats by over $100,000,000.00. I find it incredibly encouraging that America seems to be freeing itself from the stranglehold of right-wing republican ineptitude and corruption."

We asked bands to weigh in on the results, and some offered responses that were as impassioned as those of Moby, others joked, and others still seemed confident yet hesitant.

Here's what the artists are saying:  » read more

Groupies maken bij The Long Winters geen schijn van kans

Source: 
3voor12
Author: 
Menno Visser
Publication date: 
October 31, 2006

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Groupies maken bij The Long Winters geen schijn van kans

John Roderick interviewen heeft wel wat weg van college lopen. De frontman van de Americana rockband The Long Winters uit Seattle heeft veel weg van een professor door zijn originele en gedetailleerde antwoorden. Het liefst stopt hij er nog een stukje hedendaagse geschiedenis in - naast muziek zijn andere grote passie.

Deze kleurrijke muzikant presteerde het bijvoorbeeld in 1999 om helemaal van Amsterdam naar Istanbul te lopen. Het waarom van de bijna een half jaar durende voettocht is hem zelf nog steeds niet duidelijk, al is hij wel een heel eind opgeschoten met een boek over zijn reis. Het fascinerende is volgens hem dat je al lopende de geschiedenis van Europa aan je voorbij ziet trekken: "Je ziet het grote verhaal van Europa in honderdduizend stappen."  » read more

The Long Winters seasons music with stories

Source: 
Oregon Daily Emerald
Author: 
Sarah McNaughton
Publication date: 
May 27, 2010

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The Long Winters seasons music with stories
Indie rock band hopes listeners can identify with songs, cherishes coming home to adoring Northwest

Known for music that’s hard to label but easy to enjoy — think Rogue Wave tossed in a blender with The Hold Steady and topped with a spoonful of Okkervil River — The Long Winters is one of Seattle’s most celebrated indie rock bands, and is coming to WOW Hall tonight before heading back up to Washington for the Sasquatch! Music Festival.  » read more

This One Time John Roderick Drove Me All Over Seattle and Told Me Everything He Knows About the City

Source: 
The Stranger
Author: 
Megan Seling
Publication date: 
July 8, 2010

This One Time John Roderick Drove Me All Over Seattle and Told Me Everything He Knows About the City

John Roderick is not just the lead singer of the Long Winters, he is also a historian. Not officially, I suppose, but if you ask the man to tell you everything he knows about Seattle and its rich history, he can spend literally hours rattling off facts, stories, and hilarious sound bites. "I enjoy collecting esoteric knowledge about things," he says. "And sharing it."

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to learn this first-hand as I tagged along with Roderick and a nice woman named Pat, a Long Winters fan who purchased a John Roderick-hosted tour of Seattle via Strangercrombie. For over three hours we cruised the city's streets in a fancy ZipCar (thanks, ZipCar!) and saw all the legendary (and not-so-legendary) landmarks that dotted Seattle's history and Roderick's own musical past. Here is a not-very-brief-at-all summary of our trip.  » read more

Putting Days To Bed, But Not Before An Interrogation Or Two

Source: 
Daytrotter
Author: 
Sean Moeller
Publication date: 
June 21, 2007

Four song session available at the weblink above.

Putting Days To Bed, But Not Before An Interrogation Or Two
Are you a member of a band with aspirations of climbing into the hearts and minds of thousands of people, making them flutter when they hear your songs, forcing them to unconsciously want to give you their money for your sweat, your songs and your used apple cores or dirty socks?  » read more

The Long Winters: In It For The Girls

Source: 
CHARTattack
Author: 
Scott Bryson
Publication date: 
March 27, 2007

The Long Winters: In It For The Girls

John Roderick has no one to blame but himself if Putting The Days To Bed doesn't meet expectations. Roderick, the brains behind much of The Long Winters' material, stepped into the role of producer and took complete control of the group's third full-length. Part a life warning and part a celebration of living, Putting The Days To Bed is a definite departure for the Seattle-based band. ChartAttack discussed a reborn Long Winters with Roderick via email, as the oft-morose foursome made their way through the central U.S.

"I've always had a pretty clear picture of how I wanted my songs to sound," Roderick says in describing his part as producer. "Although I've worked with some amazingly talented people who've definitely added elements to our records that I would never have imagined myself, I wanted to see what would happen if I didn't have any filters between myself and the process of record-making."  » read more

Winters' solstice

Source: 
The Salt Lake Tribune
Author: 
Dan Nailen
Publication date: 
April 6, 2007

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Winters' solstice
Well-traveled John Roderick layers his music with themes of hope and sadness - in the same song

When it comes to rock and roll, it's often true that the younger the performer, the more potent the music.
    But consider John Roderick, the leader of Seattle's Long Winters, an exception to that rule. A veteran of several now-defunct bands formed after moving to Jet City, Roderick just seems to be getting better with age.  » read more

Talkin' Guitar Shop with John Roderick of the Long Winters

Source: 
Indie Rawk Blog
Author: 
CRB
Publication date: 
June 18, 2007

Talkin' Guitar Shop with John Roderick of the Long Winters

Ever notice when you’re watching a band on TV, the camera never gives you a good look at the headstock of a guitar or the face of an amp? It never occurred to the cameraman that some people might want to see that. But I suspect there’s plenty of people in the audience wondering “Is that a lawsuit Ibanez or a vintage Les Paul?”

Likewise, most music critics just don’t think like musicians. I’m so weary of trite questions about emotional connection and literal interpretations of lyrics, a band’s interpersonal dynamics, blah, blah … I want to know what they use to make their sound. That’s the one and only thing you can pin down about a band: their gear, the actual hardware and why they use it. It’s as much a part of any band’s appeal as any poignant turn of phrase, yet it’s virtually ignored in the music media.  » read more

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