Indie duo Bowerbirds, comprised of lovebirds Phil Moore and Beth Tacular, have had an interesting couple of years. Beth almost died due to an unsolvable illness and the two broke up before realizing that they needed each other. These hardships brought the art rock band closer together and brought us a beautiful third album, The Clearing. Tonight the band is playing in Dallas at the Loft. We caught up with Moore to learn about the toughest thing about dating a bandmate, and what you wouldn’t expect the pair to do in their free time.
Your most recent album The Clearing came out a month ago. I’ve been reading about the hardships that you and Beth went through before making this album; is the title in response to these events?
That was a time right when we started writing this record and things settled down. During that time we worked out a lot of our issues with each other.
What is the most difficult thing about being in a band with someone who you are also so close with on a personal level?
I think it’s mostly just being able to switch from work mode to relaxation mode. It’s hard to not continue to talk about our band and the work to be done. It’s hard to know when to stop and talk about the weather, or something like that.
The Clearing is your third album. What has been a career high thus far?
You recorded The Clearing in a little cabin in North Carolina. What was that experience like?
It’s our house where we live in the country; it was a get away. We woke up in our normal bed, made coffee, and recorded every day for several months.
You’ll be in Dallas in a couple weeks, anything looking forward to?
I like that music is really important out there.
Your sound is so calm, comforting and laid back, what is something that would shock me about the Bowerbirds; something that I wouldn’t expect to be true?
We really like dancing and we posted something about that on Facebook. People wrote back that their dreams of us were crushed because of these romantic ideals that they had about us.
People got upset about it?
It was Skrillex or something, and we were like, this is awesome! because we had just discovered it, and people were like, “no, you’re the people I listen to when I don’t want to listen to that stuff!”
Laura Stillo is the Arts & Entertainment Writer and Creative Social Media Producer for YouPlusDallas. Follow her on Twitter at @laurastillo.