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House of Doc: combining family and a love of music
House of Doc will bring their unique stylings to Revelstoke for the first time tomorrow night. Reporter Melissa Jameson had a chance to speak with the band’s Matthew Harder about everything from working with family to recording at the Tragically Hip’s studio.
Times Review: Most of the band is made up of family. How does that work out?
Harder: Close to all of the band is family. It’s me and my wife, Rebecca, and her brother, Daniel, and a friend, Jesse Krause
TR: Do you think working with family is a good thing or a bad thing?
Harder: I think often the real problem is that you know too much about each other. So many of those things that would come up over rehearsal have already been brought up 20 or 30 times.
TR: You recorded an album in the Tragically Hip’s Studio, The Bathhouse. What was that experience like?
Harder: It was fantastic. For our first record we just stayed at home and recorded it. This last one we made a conscious decision to go where there aren’t any distractions. That little studio is a house in a tiny little town. You get focused.
TR: Who writes the songs in the group?
Harder: We’re fairly cooperative. I write half the songs and Dan writes the other half. This album has Rebecca’s first song writing effort and also a song by Jesse. A lot of the writing credits are ultimately shared.
TR: As far as audiences go where’s the best place you’ve played so far?
Harder: I think the warmest welcome we’ve gotten has been out there on the West Coast. Starting two years ago we had some opening spots for the Blind Boys of Alabama. We had a couple of great shows with them in Victoria and Surrey.
TR: Have you been to Revelstoke before?
Harder: No we haven’t. This will be our first time. We have been to B.C. a couple of times before.
House of Doc, presented by the Revelstoke Arts Council, will take the stage at the Roxy Thursday, Nov. 29. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
House of Doc will perform at the Roxy Theatre tomorrow night. Photo courtesy House of Doc.