Jeff Cloud takes on a few questions with Peter Winter Stanley, of Winter's Fall. 1. How long have you been playing music ? How long have you been in Winter's Fall ?
I started playing music at an early age and got my first guitar in 7th grade. Keith, Pete and I grew up together and we've played in bands and supported each-others projects in the past. Winter's Fall started in 2006 with a few songs I had written and been performing acoustically. Naturally I enlisted the Gidlund brothers to help interpret as a band.2. The new record 'At All Angles' has been a long time in the making, can you tell us what took so long ?
We started-out with a very clear vision for At All Angles. The process in the past has been to record a bunch of songs and pick the ones that stick, our last album was recorded live and that method worked-out well. With AAA our approach was much more calculated, when we got into the studio on the first day we had pretty much all the aspects of the album mapped-out, and proceeded to work down the list. We really took our time to carry-out our vision from writing the songs to finding representation and preparing a release.3. What is your favorite part of the recording process ?
My favorite moments in recording AAA came in the midst of laying down instrument/vocal tracks when songs wo
uld have enough of their structure to start taking on life. I also think we all felt a lot of satisfaction when we crossed an element off our list.4. I know there is some theme of exploration, can you explain that a bit. And I assume the artwork is tied into that theme ?
I've always romanticized the explorer character, or the lone individual in nature. Books like Dharma Bums, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Old Man and the Sea, and larger-than-life people like John Muir and Ansel Adams have always fascinated me. The music in At All Angles has it's own kind of arc or narrative that reflects these interests in individualism, isolation, and trying to find (and in a way, justify) our place in time and space. The photos we used for the album-art were taken by Keith and fit this theme really well.5. I know Boa Constrictor was some non-studio track, but it fits in on the record so well. You recorded that one yourself ?
We recorded Boa at Pete's house in '07 on his 4-track. It was a unique song for us at the time. Pete recorded a broken clock at work and had framed a song around it. A short poem I had written previously fit the music really well. We loved the track but didn't know what to do with it until AAA. It's kinda amazing how well it resonates with the album given the time-line between their production.6. You guys use a lot of gear live, are you trucking that all around w/ you on tour ?
We have made some efforts to streamline our gear for the purposes of our upcoming tour. On a tour to Seattle we ended up carting around a pretty heavy keyboard so that I could play it on one song- we're of the philosophy of making the extra effort if it's important to the music. However, there's five of us on tour on a shoe-string budget this time, so we're definitely looking at gear more pragmatically.7. What have you been listening to lately ?
My tastes are pretty eclectic, and tend to change with the weather. I have to admit I was pretty obsessed with the National's "High Violet" for a bit but I'm coming out of it thanks to some hand-me-down Bob Marley tapes Keith gave me.8. How long have you lived in the bay area & what's your favorite bay area restaurant ?
I grew-up in the Bay Area and, with a few short exceptions, have always lived here. I have been known to go out of my way to go to Sol Food in San Rafael, they serve-up some pretty amazing Puerto Rican fare.9. Looking forward to seeing anyone or place in particular on your upcoming tour ?
Really looking forward to Texas, and specifically playing in Austin with Doug Burr. This will be my first time there and I've spent a lot of time collecting preconceived notions about the place- lots of high expectations.