Exit Interview: A Fond Farewell to Strangers Die Every Day
“I think that we all realized that we made the artistic statement that we wanted to make,” says Stirling Myles, bassist for Strangers Die Every Day.
He has a right to be retrospective at this point, as Strangers throws in the towel after a half-decade of navigating the murky and sometimes profound waters of melodic rock.
It's been a genre oft misused but Myles and Strangers—who eagerly marry the melody of Godspeed You! Black Emperor with song structures slightly more grounded in meter—managed to carve its own “niche within a niche” as a band that could execute its sweeping arrangements with the nonchalant precision of true pros.
Originally hailing from Boulder, Colorado, the four-piece has had an impressive career in the Rose City, marking such notches on its belt as a MFNW showcase and collaborations with indie rock royalty such as Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore.
“The music community here in Portland has been very supportive as well as people coming out to shows,” says Myles. “And we have definitely felt humbled by the kind gestures that people have given our way.”
Last March's release of the LP Aperture for Departure was a high point for the band, creating a capstone to their sporadic but always impressive catalog. Aperture, alongside its associated collaborations and tours, will serve as Strangers' swan song as the band calls it an amicable “quit” tonight at the Holocene.
Though the soon to be ex-Strangers already have a bevy of new projects lined up (from playing with Horse Feathers and Autopilot is for Lovers to grad school) they are bidding farewell to their current group with the energy and good humor that has made it a mainstay in this city. For that reason alone, this is one Stranger whose demise should not go unnoticed.