Peter Wolf Crier, Live Session #77

by Woody on August 31, 2010

Drummers. Often mocked as the least important member of the band. Naysayers may claim that they just keep the beat and let the vocals and lead guitar take the glory. I’ve never bought into that stereotype and feel that drummers are the backbone of the band. See The National, Radiohead or Sleater-Kinney as relevant examples from our generation that have been made considerably better by their drummers. With the trend of two person bands, drummers have raised their stock – Brian Moen of Peter Wolf Crier is a great example.

Peter Wolf Crier are a shining example of what two guys can do when you have a great drummer. And not to blow sunshine up Shirk’s dress, but he did a great job producing this session. He dirties up Peter Pisano’s guitar and captures the live flavor of Peter Wolf Crier.

And back to the drumming, much like Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Brian Moen is always on the spot. The feedback and loops work incredibly well with Brian’s consistency on the drum kit. His effort gives Peter the freedom to create unique sounds and no matter what squeals out of the amps, Brian is always right there propelling the song forward. You put an inferior drummer in that spot and it could sound like a mess.

Download the tunes and get a taste, but I can’t stress how enjoyable they are live.

Peter Wolf Crier – Band Intro

Exclusive: Peter Wolf Crier – Crutch and Crane

Exclusive: Peter Wolf Crier – You’re So High (Videos: Vimeo | YouTube)

Exclusive: Peter Wolf Crier – In Response

Download the Peter Wolf Crier Live Session as a zip.

Video: Peter Wolf Crier – You’re So High (Live at Shirk Music + Sound)

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Swimmer August 31, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Squeal the dilz nick out those amps Pete, squeal it out brotha

Sir Indie September 1, 2010 at 6:29 am

“You’re So High” video.

At least they can perform/sing/play in real life as well (versus being “carried” by effects). =)


Shirk September 1, 2010 at 8:26 am

It should be noted that it was a sweltering hot June day when we cut this session. And to top it off, the AC in my studio took a dump the night before. So it was hot as hell in both the Control Room and the Live Room….to the point where I was worried about my equipment, let alone our guests. Peter and Brian were totally Ace. They never really complained about the heat and sweat, just set up and ripped it. Thanks guys!

Sam September 1, 2010 at 9:44 am

Yessss. I can’t wait to check these out in my spare time. Great band live and recorded. I’m already loving that dirty guitar.

beau January 25, 2011 at 11:58 pm

what guitar is he playing in the video

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