The electronic duo known as Archnemesis have an ally on the road, one which they'll surely need over the course of their ambitious 42-city cross-country tour. And that ally is a nine-month-old black lab mix named Maezee.
Fortunately for the guys, Curt Heiny and Justin Aubuchon, Maezee is a regular road warrior. You might even say she's grown up on the road. The first time she set off with the band, it was for a six-week tour when she was only three months old, and she made friends across the country. Today, she even boasts her own hashtag: #TourPup.
"She guards the bus when we're playing," Heiny says. "And she loves Archnemesis."
Heiny and Aubuchon are currently touring in support of their third album, Every Man For Himself, which was released on Sound Tribe Sector Nine's record label, 1320 Records, and the band's own, Archnemesis Music.
Every Man For Himself exemplifies not only the fluidity of electronic music, but the band's growth as musicians. The tracks flow into each other like chapters in a novel or episodes of a serial drama, providing listeners with a musical journey rather than forcing them to experience tracks independently of one another. "Each album has been better than the previous one," Heiny says from the road. "There are many songs where it's one of us writing the majority of it, and then we come together at the end to finish it up, and there are others where it's more collaboration. We do all of the mixing and mastering together to have more than one set of ears on things, and we think it's a pretty good system."
Heiny and Aubuchon were formerly involved in Telepath and MO Theory, respectively, before joining forces with Archnemesis to craft electronic music that is more cerebral than the now ubiquitous dubstep. Make no mistake, Archnemesis doesn't churn out stereotypical club jams. Their vibe is soulful, and they intelligently combine the old and the new, layering their songs with samples of funk, jazz, blues, and hip-hop while subtly blending in their own original ideas. And although tracks from previous albums feature blends from artists like Jay-Z and Kanye West, many will find their selection of eclectic and retro throwbacks impressive. They sample a bit from Brazilian pianist Eumir Deodato's "September 13" for the hook of "Helicopter Mack" (Peoples Radio). You can download their music for free at their website.
Though fairly new to the electronic scene, they've already racked up an extensive roster of summer sets, with appearances at Camp Bisco, Camp Barefoot, Euphoria Festival, and the Hangout Music Festival. Their current tour began on Sept. 5 in Ashville, N.C., and they'll make their way through the Southeast before stopping at the Counterpoint Music Festival in Atlanta. From there, the twosome and Maezee will continue through the Midwest, Colorado, and Texas before arriving in Baltimore on Dec. 8 for their final show.
And while some folks might find such a long tour to be too much to handle, Heiny disagrees. "There are no real drawbacks to touring," he says. "We're doing what we love and are able to support ourselves and our families through music, so it's an amazing thing. We're so thankful for our fans and what they bring to a show. We can't do this without them, and they're all extremely open and receptive to what we're doing musically."