Ask a Native: Brian Viglione: New Hampshire

The Dresden Dolls drummer may live in Manhattan and tour the world, but he hasn’t forgotten his Granite State roots.

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ON CHILDHOOD AND NATURE
I grew up in Greenville, a small mill town along the Souhegan River. It has a reputation for having some rougher aspects to it, so most of my best memories are from when I was little. There’s no better vehicle for a young imagination than exploring the outdoors.

ON NEW HAMPSHIRE’S MUSIC SCENE
Harlow’s Pub in Peterborough is a blast. I’ve played there with the Dresden Dolls and the World/Inferno and have always had a great time. It’s an intimate vibe – even though the World/Inferno fans found room to crowd surf – and the staff is great.

ON LOCAL DELICACIES

[New Hampshire has] fresh orchard apples right off the tree and the best maple syrup and maple candy around. And I love the Friendly Toast in Portsmouth. I went there after shows at the now-defunct Elvis Room with my old punk band.

ON HIS FAVORITE RETREAT

Ma Vig’s house, and Pony Farm for a long walk. It’s the camp where my mom worked at as a counselor and adviser for 25 years. My time is always too short there, but that’s where I go to recharge.