Mount Eerie

CS Presents

Mount Eerie

Monday, April 10, 2017

7:30 pm

The Irenic


Off Sale

This event is all ages

Mount Eerie
Mount Eerie
I am Phil Elverum. Here is my brief autobiography for journalists and fact seekers:

I am 34 years old. I am from the town of Anacortes, Washington. Since 1997 my primary life's work has been making studio-based music, first under the name "the Microphones" (1997 – 2002) and then "Mount Eerie" (2003 – present). In addition to this I have played in other bands (D+, Old Time Relijun), produced other peoples' recordings and dabbled in painting, writing, and photography.

Aside from 5 years in Olympia, Wash. and a long winter in northern Norway (2002/2003), I have lived most of my life in Anacortes and much of the content of my music and other art is tied to the place. My music project Mount Eerie is named after the actual mountain, Mt. Erie, that lies just south of town. I try to make music that feels associated with this particular place in some way, whether it's literally described in words or just an ambiguous feeling.

The "Microphones era" in Olympia (1997-2002) was very prolific, with 5 major albums (and many smaller things) being released by the K label. The most critically acclaimed was "the Glow pt. 2" (2001). Following that was an album called "Mount Eerie" by the Microphones.

I did not feel totally satisfied artistically with my exploration of the "Mount Eerie" idea on the album of that name so in 2003 I changed the name of my whole project to Mount Eerie. I did this partly to explore the idea more deeply and partly because the name had become more relevant to my songs than "the Microphones", not to mention the appeal of being conceptually rooted to an actual place.

In 2004 I started releasing my own projects via the "P.W. Elverum & Sun, ltd." company in an attempt to become even more self-sufficient and also to be able to explore unusual packaging ideas. The first major release was "No Flashlight" by Mount Eerie (2005) which came wrapped in a gargantuan poster. Since then I have released many fancy LPs and an extravagant art book of photography. I continue to explore new ideas for mass producing art and music in a homemade style. P.W. Elverum & Sun remains primarily a vehicle for my own projects only, not a real record label. Deeper simple self-sufficiency seems to be a good way to weather the tumultuous times we live in.
Venue Information:
The Irenic
3090 Polk Ave.
San Diego, CA, 92104