There is a great show happening tomorrow Red Museum in Downtown Sacramento. Peacers are a sort of Bay Area supergroup. Containing current or former members of Fresh and Onlys, Big Techno Werewolf, The OhSees and Sic Alps. Peacers comes to us with the songwriting flavor of Mike Donovan, a sort of 60's songwriter mystic with a an ear for melody and an effective deadpan singing delivery.Sic Alps, "Description of the Harbor" changed my view of songwriting forever.
When did the band start?
We started playing together about a year and half ago. I recorded the first EP in my room, played one show by myself and then met all of them. We've been jammin' since.
How do you write songs?
Depends I guess, usually I have a riff or melody and we all just kinda jump in. Sometimes we will just start playing and something will come together out of the blue. Those are usually the most fun to play.
What do you wanna do with your music?
I just want to make people stoked about music, I'm enjoying it so I just want to make other people do/feel the same.
What's your fire right now?
Who is in your band?
I'm Pierce, I sing and play guitar. Cooper plays lead guitar, Claire plays bass, and Pickle Boy on drums
Anything special planned? What should people expect May 1st?
It should be a good time! We've never played Red Museum and the other bands are super chill!
How do you feel about Sacramento music?
I'm glad it's happening, so many bands have started popping up in Sacramento. There is always a show to go to and that is the way I like it!
See them at Red Museum tonight!
When you were in college writing your first songs, what sorts of moods or feelings or inspirations were you working with?
When I was in college I was just starting to write for the first time. I remember just feeling very focused on just very simple song crafting and chord progressions. It took me a while to feel comfortable with writing. I was inspired by fun young love! When I started writing the songs for 'Please Be Mine' my first full length record, I was dealing with a super painful break up.
What was the first song you wrote and at what point did you say, "i can do this."
Hmm, I can't remember the first song I ever wrote. I probably blocked it out. But, the first song I wrote for the album was the title track, "Please Be Mine." I had just moved to Austin from Asheville and felt a surge of independence just from the very act of moving somewhere alone. That gave me a lot of confidence.
Also, you have a very mature and developed palate shown in the music. How did you get there? The harmony on the Audiotree version of "I Still Love You" is strikingly beautiful. Will you be playing with the same lineup?
Aw, thank you so much! Such a nice compliment. I grew up listening to jazz and then majored in jazz performance in college so maybe that has something to do with my palate! And yes, I will be playing with the same line up as the audio tree session which is Dailey Toliver on guitar and back up vocals, Kitty Beebe on bass and back up vocals and Ignacio Guerrero on drums.
You have a beautiful voice. Did you receive formal training and do you exercise your voice often?
Again, thank you! I've been singing all my life and didn't receive formal training until college. I definitely exercise my voice often! Especially the past few months of touring!
What do you want from music and where do you want to go?
I've always wanted the opportunity to play and make records and I feel very fortunate that I've been able to do so. I want to continue to tour and write and ride the wave. And to stay present ?.
Right now seems to be a renaissance for powerful American female singer-song writers. Do you think that there is anything, in particular, catapulting this?
Ahhhh, the renaissance is not new! It's constant. Women are the best!
See Molly Burch at the Red Museum with Mariee Sioux, Rose Italic and Pierce and the Gals
When and where did you start Trans Destiny?
I started Trans Destiny sometime in 2012 just as a home recording project with my Yamaha keyboard and a Tascam 8 track. Half a year later I started playing a few shows around Sacramento and Davis.
What sort of sound are going for in your music?
The sound was dance music influenced with some tracks leaning toward a more downtempo/trance style.
Who inspires you?
Some artists that influenced me would be: The Wake, Freeez, YMO, Art of Noise, Surface.
How do you write the tunes?
I usually write my songs around beats and bass lines that I create and pair it with melodies in my head. Sometimes I collaborate with my friend Dean Goldman who does spoken word poetry over the music.
Do you have any other goals for this project?
The goal for the project is to add other media like visuals/poetry so it's a really atmospheric experience.
4/17 - The Press Club
Trans Destiny Tape Release - "Public Life"
Gabe Merriman has lived in a few different cities in his 24 years and I suppose there is a little color from the cities he previously called home in his music. Gabe Merriman's debut release as Trans Destiny, "Public Life," does not sound like any other record produced this decade and yet it feels familiar. The music transcends a few different genres from the meditative tranquility of Harold Budd to Art of Noise to the avant jazz-funk record created by Richard Hell and Voivoids' Robert Quine and drummer Fred Maher. This record is a something that can be put on at a party, when doing some studying or on a long drive. It is blissful, but also sincere and at times sentimental. Enjoy!
4/20 - The Blue Lamp
The Ex-Rippers Release - "Ex-tra Natural"
"Try as we might, there are always bound to be moments in life when wish to be anyone but ourselves. On those bad days or just the seconds we wish to avoid and escape, we can find ourselves dreaming of the perfect life that's so seemingly out of reach. The Ex-Rippers put those feelings to song on the forlorn, but moving first single of their Ex-Tra Natural EP. The entire release is worth your time, but the opening single, with its brooding vocals, poetic visuals of mindless hopefulness during television watching and engrossing instrumentals sets the tone for the rest of the release and leaves an unshakeable impact. Honest and sincere, "In This Life" is the exact song you need to soundtrack your hopes and dreams. "- The Grey Estates
This past weekend the Verge Center for the Arts celebrated the 2017 Sacramento Halloween show. This show has been going on for decades. It has been met with some controversy this year. But it is not the kind of controversy that too many people care about or notice, however. The city is changing in ways that are good and not so good and we have to accept that some of things are out of our control. And so can we control? Well, we can definitely control the amount of time and effort we put into creating opportunities for people to enjoy music and build a sense of community.
While, the Sacramento Halloween show has grown into a commercial spectacle that may put to shame its punk origins, the event drew hundreds of people old and very young. It has been saidthat this was the year of the most babies to have every been attendance and as a father seeking opportunities for a chill good time between the hours of 4-6 with a baby who goes to sleep at 6:30, this was no problem for me!
The Sacramento Halloween show is an opportunity for people to enjoy the year long effort of many musicians who participate in a most anticipated cover band show. There is a theme, there's mc's and there is a great deal of attention given some people who have become very well known in their own right due their marvelous talent showcased at these performances. There is a need for this sort of excitement to attract audiences to shows that are happening throughout the year and I urge these talented folks to continue to play music in bands that are not specifically focused on a cover show.
This years theme was "TRIOS." Highlights of the show include the TVPs, The Clean, The Supremes and the Beastie Boys. See here for a great re-cap of the event.
Video belongs to Dave Ninja, via Youtube
Let's create a scene in Sacramento. There are people. There are bands. There are venues. There is no reason why Sacramento can't have a vibrant music scene that invites attention from the world. We need a community that draws people together. We know, however, that not every event is great. The hope is that elevating the prominence of certain events, bands and scenes will create a buzz in the local arts culture. The more people who attend a show, the more fun we can all have. The more we can continue to create meaningful experiences for people are involved in or interested in making and appreciating music and art, the more we can draw positive energy and attention from a wider scene that doesn't have to exist in a vacuum.
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