The Music of Erich Zann is a haunting reminiscence of a place found outside the normal rules of society, order and physics.
Something exists behind the high wall that only Erich Zann can see over.
Does he long to see?
Or is he afraid of the cold fire from beyond that longs to walk with him?
Like the town of Twin Peaks the Rue d’Auseil cannot be found on any map, and those who seek for it fail, unless they walk with their inner sight. We Invite you then to close your eyes in a tightly curtained room, and shudder along with us a we walk up that steep hillside street where the houses bend together like supplicants in prayer, they and we are anxiously awaiting the concert to begin.
For artists, their outlook of the world can be expressed in the form of discrete symbol systems, and in this way artists are likely to refer to their art as their children. For this is true in a partially incestuous way. Our start positions in life are given to us primarily by our experiential parents: Those brave humans who choose to raise us. We take on that gift (or baggage) and transform it over the course of our lives, our lived encounters with the human and natural world. This forms individual outlooks on the world, for none of us see all of it, or even an identical portion of it.
An artist cannot help but incorporate this subjective model of the unknown objective world into their object ‘d art, or can they? In this episode, we discuss the work and lives of a number of authors working in the genre of “The Weird.” From H.P. Lovecraft to David Lynch. Yes, it’s Arkham to Twin Peaks, by way of Cross Plains, Texas and Detroit, Michigan.
The Horla is all about a creature from “outside” that causes a previously good and sane person to doubt their sanity, indulge in actions of questionable moral turpitude and ultimately make a terrible choice with unknown consequences. Sound familiar?
She is the reason that we are first introduced to the town of Twin Peaks, but died before that lonely foghorn first blew. Homecoming Queen and sex worker, murder victim and drug dealer, charity volunteer and thief, Laura is a character that exists beyond the pale boundaries of “good” and “bad” that television–especially the soap operas that Twin Peaks was inspired by–tends to sort its characters into.
Using her Secret Diary as a guide we peel back a few of the layers, look under one or two fingernails, and ultimately become blinded by the brilliance of Laura’s mind and soul. Taken from us too soon, we hope to see you again… the 25 years is almost up after all.
Nathan Carson is the drummer for Witch Mountain, a Doom Metal band from one of our favorite Twin Peaks adjacent cities, Portland! He’s also (in no particular order) a Twin Peaks fan, a really cool dude, and the author of the Bizarro Fiction novel Starr Creek which is perhaps more Lovecraftian than Peakian, but is very, very good, which is the main thing, isn’t it?
We talk to him about music, the weird, weird things, writing, touring and really get down to the brass tacks about what kind of wonderful trees there are out there.
Also, his publisher is Lazy Fascist Press, which puts out many books that are enjoyed by us.