Blues Control Explain Why They Had To Move Out of NYC To Create Their Latest Album Valley Tangents
Five years ago, a weekend in the NYC area wasn't complete without taking in a set by Blues Control. It seemed the Brooklyn duo of Russ Waterhouse and Lea Cho could always be found blaring out their deconstructed riff rock in some trust funders' basement in Ridgewood or a record store in Williamsburg.
Nowadays, Waterhouse and Cho live out in the wooded wilds of the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania where they choose to stay in, cook meals and listen to records like sensible older people should. While chillaxing out there they also wrote their fourth full length Valley Tangents, which was released by Drag City earlier this year. Much like their bearded predecessors, Blues Control staggered upon a spacious and comforting sound in their secluded confines. Gone were the chunky riffs and bombastic rhythms; in came the liquid leads and tranquil electronic beats and bleats. Squint your ears just the right way and you could line up Valley Tangents with any one of your favorite 'We're getting it together in the country' rock records from the early 70's.
Blues Control are coming back to New York to play Mercury Lounge this Saturday to kick off a tour supporting the Califronia-cum-Massachusetts Psych unit, Six Organs of Admittance. We asked them what they missed and didn't miss about the city, what they've been up to 2012 and other such biz.
What is it like to come back to play NYC after leaving it to live in rural Pennsylvania+ Do you feel like strangers?
Lea Cho: When we visit, it pretty much feels the same as it did when we left. The scenery changes but the general feeling of being in NYC hasn't changed much. We have more fun as visitors than we did the last couple of years we lived there, but usually we're ready to go home after a day or two. The one downside of moving away is that we don't see certain friends as often. There's also the occasional evening when we miss eating at a particular restaurant. The things we don't miss are negligent, shady landlords; the cost of living; lack of free time; lack of privacy; and constant noise.