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Interview:
Vetiver LeaderTries To Keep Songwriting Stress-Free
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Vetiver’s Andy Cabic freely acknowledges that he’s “not a terrifically prolific songwriter.” But the San Franciscobased artist has been doing — or not doing — that long enough to be at peace with his base.

“I don’t stress myself out writing songs,” explains Cabic, 34, who formed Vetiver circa 2003 after a tenure with the Raymond Brake in North Carolina and released the group’s fourth album, “Tight Knit,” in February.

“I guess I edit as I go along, which takes more time. And I usually write when I’m at home, in the rhythm of familiarity. So when I get busy touring and going on the road, I’m not writing. But I don’t worry; it’ll come again when the next spate of touring is over.”

“Tight Knit” is Vetiver’s first release for the Seattle-based Sub Pop label, a much larger company than Cabic and his shifting group of bandmates has worked with before. He had several other labels interested in signing the group, but he felt Sub Pop’s “enthusiasm” and history — it was Nirvana’s first label, among many others — made it a better fit.

“My rep there is really reachable, at least as reachable as anyone ever was prior,” Cabic says. “Everybody’s really cool. Every time I go to (Seattle) I’m hanging out with them. They might be a larger label in terms of staff, but everyone is very easygoing and communicative, so it’s really comfortable and feels like the right move.”



Vetiver, Paper Cuts and Aran Ruth perform Wednesday (May 13) at the Pike Room in The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

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