Arts Desk

Memoryhouse Replacing Gear After Theft Near D.C. Last Week

Credit: Memoryhouse/Vanessa HeinsAfter playing their first concert in D.C. last Wednesday—a sold-out show with Washed Out at the Black Cat—buzzy Canadian dream-pop band Memoryhouse had thousands of dollars worth of equipment stolen from their van.

"The total cost is about $4,500 [to] $5,000," Denise Nouvion, Memoryhouse's vocalist, writes in an email. "We're doing our best to replace it as we're going but much of it is somewhat rare and difficult to track down. Our guitarist has been struggling the most with gear—he had a pedal board that took him a few years to assemble."

Aside from the pedal board, the thieves stole a microphone, a MIDI controller, three cymbals, pair of laptops, a sampler, a projector, and lots, lots more from the van, which was parked behind a Comfort Inn in Oxon Hill, Md. According to Nouvion, police told her the hotel should've warned them that "this happens all the time there" and later discovered the parking lot's security cameras weren't working. "It was very emotional to have everything taken from us," she writes, "especially when right now music is our entire lives."

Although Memoryhouse had to pull out of shows in Philadelphia and Boston, there is good news! After posting a donation link online, fans have given "almost $4,000" to help Memoryhouse replace their gear. "We've pretty much recouped our losses," Nouvion writes. "I can't even begin to articulate how much these donations have meant to us. It's not just about being able to replace our gear, but just knowing how much support we have really gave us the motivation to start over."

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