Cincinnati’s Carriers, who will kick off the Bellwether Festival August 10. (Photo by Michael Wilson)

Born of Whole Foods Carts and Zoo Pizza: Cincinnati’s Carriers

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Cincinnati’s Carriers has quite an impressive personnel listing, especially considering that a number of the interactions vital to the formation of the band had a lot to do with front man Curt Kiser (of Pomegranates and Enlou,) working a series of jobs unrelated to music – pushing carts at Whole Foods and working at the Cincinnati Zoo. Those unlikely places gave birth to the band that boasts Afghan Whig’s bassist John Curley and The National drummer Bryan Devendorf.

The band is on the precipice of releasing their debut album, after having unleashed two well-received songs, “Peace of Mine” and “Daily Battle”.

Carriers’ Curt Kiser. (Photo by Michael Wilson)

Carriers is playing a slew of shows over the next several weeks, including the opening performance for the very first Bellwether Festival, which kicks off on Friday, August 10 in Waynesville, OH.

I spoke with Kiser about the makings of the band, where they’re headed next, and what dreamy, indie rock has to offer for contemporary audiences.