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TMM Feature: Guitars
Kenric McDowell and Shanna Hill-McDowell are not only husband and wife but also each make up one half of the psychedelic country-folk band Guitars. The fact that they’ve ultimately ended up making music together is just one part of their unique and spontaneous story.
“We had been wanting to do something but what we did was more like performance art and it slowly developed into a more musical structure,” said Kenric.
The duo traveled to the jungles of Peru to work with a Shaman and decided to tie the knot upon their return to Brooklyn. Shortly after, they moved to a more rural landscape in upstate New York, where they wrote and recorded their first full-length album, “Soundtrack to Your Future Nostalgia.”
“We were like, ‘Let’s leave and go to the mountains!’ That’s when we recorded the record,” said Shanna.
Their name, Guitars came about as a sort of joke, while the two were making fun of a burger restaurant with the overly literal name, “Burger.”
“We were talking about this burger joint that’s called “Burger…” said Kenric.
“And it was so obvious. So we were like, ‘Oh, what if there was a band called Guitars?’ and that’s what happened,” Shanna said, finishing Kenric’s sentence.
The two say that artists like, Daniel Johnston and the Silver Jews, who they consider “intimate” and “honest” are among some of their biggest inspirations.
“I think artists that also think of themselves as writers are big inspirations for us; like David Berman is a good example because he also published poetry,” said Kenric.
They also site some older artists like Fleetwood Mac, Patti Smith, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and Nina Simone as some of their favorites.
As far as live performances go, the band toured around the U.S. over the summer and during most of last year. Recently, they have been involved in a music project called The Sonic Medicine Wheel Ceremony Show, which is a series of performances by various artists in Bushwick, Brooklyn that take place at astrologically significant times.
“Beyond the fact that they’re friends of ours, we really like the music alot. It’s become a community for us and we sort of share the music that we’re making with each other,” said Kenric.
The duo’s future plans involve the release of a new EP in January and an upcoming live performance as a part of the Sonic Medicine Wheel Ceremony Show on December 21, at the Numu Loft in Bushwick.
“Because it’s the Winter Solstice and a full moon, we’re putting together a big show,” said Shanna.
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