The small, but lovely Providence, RI
Members and Instruments:
William Orchard – Vocals and Guitar. I’m often accompanied by friends for live shows but on recording it’s mostly me playing the instruments (with the exception of my new record).
Short Bio (in your own words):
I started playing out in Providence when I was around 14 years old. After writing a lot and messing around with music through high school, I became really fascinated with how prolific certain lo-fi artists like Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie) and Greta Kline (Frankie Cosmos) were, so they really provided a big roadmap for me in terms of the amount of music I wanted to put out. I also grew really interested in artists that used imagination and surrealism in their music, like Sparklehorse. I ended up putting out 78 releases in the span of a year and a half. I became really obsessed with how it felt to put out music, even if it was just little bedroom recordings. My new album, ‘God Damn Wonderland,’ is a big departure from that. I haven’t released anything since October 2016, which to me feels like forever. I had a lot of people telling me to step back and think more for this album, and the result is definitely my most polished record yet. This has been a big transitional period for me, as this fall I am moving to Ashlawn Farms in Lyme, CT with my friends and collaborators in the Brazen Youth. We’re just going to make music, tour a lot, live life and see what the heck happens.
What was the first live concert you ever went to?
Arcade Fire. I saw them with my dad in Boston. They had just put out ‘The Suburbs.’ It was fantastic.
What is your funniest or worst tour experience?
Probably playing a show for a completely empty room. Absolutely zero people. It was a 21-plus show on a Tuesday night in Allston and it was comically disappointing. The show was with another solo guy called Zion Rodman (he was great, and equally disappointed).
What THREE things are a must have when you go on tour or play a show?
Ah, aside from the obvious things (my guitar, merch, etc.), just a sense of intensity about playing really well… I can never casually play a show, I always put a heavy responsibility on myself to play extremely well, especially if the show is special or is going to be particularly well attended.
What was the first record you ever purchased?
Maybe Guns N’ Roses greatest hits when I was in fifth grade. Good god how my music taste has changed!
If you had to record an EP of covers, which FIVE songs/artist would make the cut?
This is a very tough one, but probably…
“Engine” by Neutral Milk Hotel
“After the Gold Rush” by Neil Young
“Maria’s Little Elbows” by Sparklehorse
“Carrie” by Joni Mitchell
“Some Things Last A Long Time” by Daniel Johnston.
All are great songs with very distinct memories attached to them.
What’s your preferred music format – vinyl, CD, digital, cassette – and why?
I’ve never really been a vinyl guy, not sure why. I prefer mainly digital because it’s so easy to just buy something on iTunes or Bandcamp (I don’t use spotify), but I also often listen to cassettes and CD’s, mainly due to my father’s massive collection he has always had.