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With its latest record, Rare Forms — out on the San Francisco-based Lefse imprint and featuring artwork by local musical luminary Milton Melvin Croissant III — Woodsman has taken a step forward in satisfying the desire of its members to not only be absolutely free in the songwriting process, but also to make a more succinct musical statement with each song.
"I think we're basically doing the same thing we were doing before," Demolar says, "but now it's become more focused. And we can control that beast a little easier now because we're more comfortable with knowing that it can work out. When we started, we were completely experimenting, but now our experiments are a little more controlled. But the process is pretty similar."
Despite its relative success and the relocation of Demolar to New York City, Woodsman is, for now, a Denver-based act. And it's here that Peterson runs his own small label, Fire Talk. Although Peterson and some of his friends have plans to explore the opportunities presented by a larger city, he maintains a certain affection for the town he's called home for several years.
"As much as people want to talk shit about how there's nothing going on in Denver, there's actually a shitload going on in Denver," Peterson enthuses. "We've seen every town in this country and played shows in them, and Denver is probably in the top ten of cities you want to be a musician in. Tons of young people. Everybody I meet or know is under thirty years old and into cool shit. So many artists and just good stuff happening.
"Denver's a great town," he concludes. "It's close to the mountains and has a high quality of life. Whereas if you move to New York or something like that, you have to plan on seeing some shit that maybe you weren't necessarily prepared for. I think, culturally, though, there's more to be experienced in places like San Francisco or New York that you can draw from creatively. Here, I've found myself inspired by the mountains and nature."