Cider Mag Winter 2015 Issue 52 - Page 50

wasn’t anything we all sat around and talked about, it was his idea. Colley: There was enough space and the sound was full enough on its own with the three of us that we didn’t necessarily need any other instruments. And also it was a lot about the economy of three which worked musically as well as financially. Cider Mag: Other than playing every weekend at the Atwoods Tavern in Cambridge, MA do you guys have your own projects that you do individually? I guess what I’m asking is: Do you have jobs? (laughter ensues) Colley: Yes. Many many jobs. Many many projects. Many many. Deupree: I freelance with a few other people but it’s um... pretty spare. But yeah, there are a bunch of different singer songwriters and there's a New Orleans brass band and there's a band called the Funky White Honkies that is a huge conglomeration of crazy weird people. We play about once a year at this point. So yeah, I freelance with a bunch of different people at this point. what happens you can deliver a show but we’re not gonna operate like that. Lyons: I do mostly, I primarily play music for a played some of these songs. Hundreds, maybe thousands of times so each time ya know, you come to it, you come to it new. So I don’t know if that’s just the nature of playing music or if it’s how we approach it. But I think it’s what makes it interesting for any band I would think. living, I play music for children a few times a week and that's a lot of fun playing group music for kids. I play in a jug band called The Busted Jug Band which is a five piece all acoustic group that does early twentieth century music normally and I do some solo gigs. I had a band in New Orleans at one time that’s just a trio of guitar, bass and drums. Sometimes I do that up here but lately i’ve been trying to experiment with using like a tuba instead of a bass, guitar and drums then a third or fourth instrument. Cider Mag: Morphine has proven that less is Colley: I’ve been doing a lot of home recording for Colley: I can’t even estimate how many times we more. How did you guys decide that no guitar and three people was the way to go? Did it just fall into place like that? Deupree: No that was Mark's idea. Colley: Economics. Three people fit better in the back of a cab pretty nicely. A fourth person means we would have to get another cab or maybe upfront with the luggage but… Deupree: Yeah, I know the original line up was simply Mark's idea. He put together the two string slide bass and played with me a couple of times and they liked the way it sounded and so he called me up and said “You wanna try it?” And I said “Sure,” and that was the birth of Morphine right there. It 50 • CIDER MAG • cidermag.com various different other groups and bands. Some last only so many years and the biggest of that was a project I did at the Rooted Harvest in Berlin and we formed a trio without having ever met each other and put out a record it’s called the Deltahorse. The singer is from Belfast and the bass player and engineer and mixing engineer is from Berlin and they would send me bits of track and I put my horns on there. Cider Mag: Is this the band with a woman singer? Colley: Ah, no. That might have been Twinemen Laurie Sargent or Monique Ortiz of A.K.A.C.O.D. but if you're going back in time there were certainly other projects that were affiliated with Morphine like Twinemen and Orchestra Morphine. Winter • 2015