Jim Carroll

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OTR Q&A: Breathe Owl Breathe

Breathe Owl Breathe have been playing some great shows around Ireland over the last few weeks. Their next shows are at the Town Park, Letterkenny on July 10 (all-ages, 4pm) and Abbey Theatre, Ballyshannon on July 11. Both shows are …

Thu, Jul 7, 2011, 14:00

   

Breathe Owl Breathe have been playing some great shows around Ireland over the last few weeks. Their next shows are at the Town Park, Letterkenny on July 10 (all-ages, 4pm) and Abbey Theatre, Ballyshannon on July 11. Both shows are as part of the Earagail Arts Festival and will also feature Little Wings.

Describe your music in 10 words or less

Imagine the year 3333, moss is clinging on the side of skyscrapers.

You’ve been touring around Ireland for the last few weeks so what do you make of our great little country? Think carefully before you answer, buddy.

People walking down wet, mossy, slippery sidewalks behind old walls.

What’s your clearest childhood memory?

Sitting on my great-grandmother’s lap in a creamcicle-colored room. She was a weaver and symphony harp player. (Andréa)

What was the last book you read, film you saw and album you purchased?

Book: East of Eden. Film: Midnight in Paris. Album: Grandaddy’s “Sumday”

What item would you like to have invented?

A Portal. We’re working on it.

It’s time for dinner. What are you having to eat? And who would you like to be sitting around the table?

We are eating rice, steamed kale, sweet potato and homemade pizza. Steve and Jana Middaugh, Micah’s mom and dad, are at the table!

What’s the weirdest description of your music you’ve come across?

“Jazz Bluegrass”. Not sure how the writer came to that conclusion.

Can you remember the last dream you had?

I was chasing a herd of zebra in a golf cart in an indoor warehouse. The floor was like an outside landscape – there were hills and grass and trees. But there were definitely large walls made of old planks in the far-off distance. There was also light coming from somewhere, but it wasn’t clear where. It was dark towards the ceiling (which you could not see), yet the landscape seemed to be fully illuminated. When I finally was able to reach the zebras, they all fell over as if they were playing dead. The only way to wake them was to sing and clap. (Trevor)

What’s your feeling as an artist about social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter? Are they useful or a necessary evil?

They definitely work, but they are not our preferred style of communicating. We don’t use Facebook or Twitter, but understand how they can be useful for connecting with people. We like to meet people after our shows, face to face, and talk to them about what to eat and where to swim and what to see locally. Making friends.

When was the last time you voted? And who did you vote for?

The last presidential election. Barack Obama.

Rock, paper, scissors

We each choose one and nobody wins (we all win).

If you were a super-hero, what super powers would you have?

I’d be able to turn into swamp thing or the abominable snowman at any time. (Micah)

Who’s the most famous person to come from East Jordan, your hometown?

Josiah “Bear” Middaugh, Micah’s brother. He’s a pro triathlete (Xterra style), now living out in Colorado.

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