There seem to be a growing number of artist collectives popping up here and there—we’ve even featured a few here on the site before. But when thinking about the Tallahassee group of artists known as Werepossum, we at PORTALS have a special connection to the Floridians, and his name is Jacob Lee Tobin. For the most part Jake is our own resident Mr. Fix-It, so when the opportunity came to feature the work he and his cohorts have been doing outside of PORTALS, I jumped at the opportunity. Scratch the back that has scratched ours so many times.
To sum the collective up, member Ben Varian had the following to say:
Werepossum was designed as an outlet for any kind of artwork—music, written word, visual, video, etc.—that comes from our group of friends here in Tallahassee. We’ve all been creating things and sharing them amongst ourselves for years, and we eventually realized that we wanted to show these things to a wider audience. Tallahassee has always been a city that slips people’s minds, even when they’re talking specifically about Florida’s art scene. We want to show people that interesting art is being made here, even if the community is more insulated and doesn’t draw as much attention to itself. Dog Dreams is a fairly new band featuring three members of Werepossum— Josh (Wing Suit), Jake (Fruit Flesh/Corrective Lenses), and myself . The idea is to reinterpret songs that we’ve each written by ourselves into a band setting. Our first show was at Total Bummer festival in Orlando this past month, and an album and possible tour are in the works.
We’re also very excited to announce our first physical release, in collaboration with Crash Symbols – a limited-run cassette box set. It will include three EPs by Fruit Flesh/Corrective Lenses, two EPs by Wingsuit and one full-length album by me, spread out over three tapes. We hope it will be a good introduction to Werepossum for some people and the first of many tapes/records/whatevers we put out into the world.
To get a taste of what these guys will soon be offering, they’ve offered up four tracks for us to showcase: