Posted on April 3rd, 2020
We're turning 10 years old this year! To celebrate, we are featuring Father/Daughter artists past and present each month. 2012's featured artist is Pure Bathing Culture (Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman) and their phenomenal self-titled record.
Father/Daughter Records: How'd you first hear of / begin working with F/D?
Pure Bathing Culture: We posted a few songs on Bandcamp and Jessi reached out to us via email. We were spending quite a bit of time in San Francisco during that time because we played in the band Vetiver and Andy Cabic was (and still is) based there. We met up with Jessi (and David!) for a few meals and hit it off immediately.
F/D: Each other?
PBC: We met at freshman orientation for college in New Jersey when we were 17 and 18 years old. We worked together a lot over the years in various projects and then started Pure Bathing Culture in Brooklyn, NY in 2010 when we wrote our first song together.
F/D: What were some inspirations for some songs on the record?
PBC: Lucky One - This was the first song we ever wrote together. It’s hard to describe directly what this one is about, but it’s kind of a story of being overlooked, of being the last one chosen. The track was equally influenced by Motown and African guitar music like Green Arrows Band and S.E. Rogie.
Silver Shore’s Lake - The lyrics are about telling someone you love that you wish you could take care of a problem for them or somehow carry them around it so they wouldn’t have to experience it themselves. The track was really influenced by The Durutti Column who we were fairly obsessed with at the time (and still are!). This was definitely Richard Swift’s favorite song on the EP, he made up his own title for it which was “Adult Jam”.
Ivory Coast - We wrote this pretty much right away as soon as we moved to Portland early 2011. We were house sitting for Eric Johnson from Fruit Bats and his wife Annie Beedy (who took our first press photo for this release) and we wrote and demo-ed the whole song in Eric’s basement studio. It reads like a traditional love song and we guess it probably is, but at the time we were writing it we were trying to write about the extent someone would go to pursue their muse or what inspires them the most. In terms of the track for this one, it’s going back a while now but we’re fairly certain this was the first song where we recorded the guitar direct which became a huge pillar of our sound moving forwards from there.
Gainesville - This song is partially about the death of close friend who died tragically in a motorcycle accident and also partially uses the concept of Gainesville, which is a place we have no ties to whatsoever, as some kind of magic or mythology that means something only to us. Often when we’re writing we’re making an imaginary world of our own real through the characters and stories in our songs, more so than talking literally about our own lives.
F/D: What was the recording process like for Pure Bathing Culture?
PBC: We made the record over the course of two different sessions in Cottage Grove, Oregon at Richard Swift’s studio National Freedom. The only people there were the two of us and Richard. It was recorded pretty fast. We recorded some elements on a 4 track tape machine and then dumped that into pro-tools. Most instruments were recorded direct.
F/D: What've y'all been up to since?
PBC: We’ve made a bunch more records, played a bunch of shows and much more to come!