For local music fans, Valentine’s Day may involve rekindling an old flame for a band of days’ past. Kings Barcade in downtown Raleigh will host Art Lord & The Self-Portraits’ 10th anniversary show tonight. The group formed in 2003, entrancing audiences before calling it quits in 2005. Since then, three of its members have formed Future Islands.
Diversions staff writer Chris Powers talked with the band about its formation and the desire to reunite.
Diversions: What are the origins of Art Lord & The Self Portraits?
Samuel Herring: Art Lord was a group that was started by me and William Cashion, who was the bass player. We had a lot of classes together when we came to school at ECU. We were freshmen at ECU in the fall of 2002. We had a bunch of classes together and became really good friends, and we started talking about musical ideas.
Then, right before Christmas vacation after the end of the first semester of school, we had this strange idea for a performance group that would be based around this character Locke Ernstfrost. The idea was kind of a group that was more of a performance art piece, like a social commentary on how we treat rock stars and pop icons — art stars. Just how society treats them, kind of idolizes them even though they seem to be often very narcissistic or just full of themselves.