Get to know a Denver band: dust:orbiter

While dust:orbiter’s music tackles serious topics such as trickle-down economics and Second Amendment rights, Brian Lenherr (guitar/vocals) and Tim Schwarz (drums) are two light-hearted individuals who retain a sense of humor about themselves and their work. In the less than two years the Denver slowcore duo have worked together as dust:orbiter, they’ve released a full-length, self-titled album and played venues throughout the Mile High City and the nation. Performing at Eslinger Gallery this Saturday night as a part of the UMS, Lenherr and Schwarz took a few minutes out of their current Midwest tour to answer some questions for AXS.

AXS: Are you all Denver natives? If not, where is everyone originally from?
Tim Schwarz: Neither of us are Denver natives. Brian hails from Northeast Kansas and I'm from the mighty burbs of Chicago.

AXS: What brought dust:orbiter together?
Brian Lenherr: We were both in the band Alders together. The other member of that band wanted to move on and we decided to go in our own direction as dust:orbiter.

AXS: Where was your first show in Denver, and what was the experience like? Who else did you play with at the show?
Tim: April 9, 2013 at Larimer Lounge, immediately followed by shows at Lion's Lair and the Seventh Circle Music Collective - so three shows in four days. It was a crazy whirlwind of an introduction.

AXS: Have any Denver musicians inspired dust:orbiter?
Brian: We have musician friends, Dave Devine for example, who inspire us to continue to work at and explore our instruments.

AXS: What else is dust:orbiter involved in locally, either as individuals or as a group?
Brian: I'm an Environmental Chemistry student, work, married to an amazing artist, Amanda, and owned by three cats.
Tim: I am a graphic designer and soon to be MFA student, have a smart and supportive wife and two girls, and am otherwise controlled by two cats.

AXS: Does dust:orbiter have a goal in mind for the sound the band produces? Are there certain influences or themes the band tries to inject into its own music?
Tim: Musically our main motivation is to explore and challenge ourselves mentally and physically. We have a tendency to interject social, political, and scientific themes into the lyrics.

AXS: What projects are dust:orbiter currently working on?
Tim: We're on a quick tour in the Midwest now, specifically on a highway in Iowa on our way to Milwaukee tonight, and looking forward to playing UMS at Eslinger on Saturday at 9pm. We are also busy writing and putting together new music for shows and a new album in the not too distant future.

AXS: For the UMS attendee who has never seen or heard dust:orbiter, what would you tell them to entice them to watch your set?
Brian: We apologize in advance.
Tim: You may want to employ earplugs.

AXS: What would dust:orbiter’s ideal live show look like?
Brian: Playing in an empty barn in the middle of nowhere and then burning it down when we're finished.

AXS: Besides your upcoming performance at the UMS, what other shows are you looking forward to this summer?
Tim: We played in Lincoln, Nebraska last night with two amazing local bands, and then onto Milwaukee, Chicago, and Lawrence, Kansas over the next few days. We are looking forward to a show with Accordion Crimes and A.M. Pleasure Assassins on August 8th at The Sidewinder Tavern.

AXS: After two years together, what has dust:orbiter learned?
Brian: Our vocabularies have expanded.
Tim: That's true, I didn't know the word detritivore before dust:orbiter.

AXS: What do you enjoy most about Denver’s music scene, and why?
Brian: We've made a lot of friends and have met some great people.