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Pickwick announces Lovejoys – 7/7/17

by Woody on May 24, 2017

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Back a few SXSWs ago when Antone’s was still on 5th, we caught a set by Seattle’s Pickwick and had our doors blown off. I think it was 2012 and it was the last year of Oz. Anywho, Pickwick are back with a new album called Lovejoys that will see the lights of day on July 7th.

LoveJoys was recorded at “Chemical X” and “Black Space” (February – May 2016), Blood’s studios in the basement of the old Rainier Brewery building in Seattle. It features performances from: Tendai Maraire (Shabazz Palaces), Sean T. Lane, Marquetta Miller (Breaks and Swells), Taryn Rene Dorsey, and the Black Space’s in-house horns and strings – Alina To (Passenger String Quartet) and Jeremy Shaskus (Breaks and Swells).

Written in the midst of personal and political turmoil, lyrically and sonically LoveJoys became an escape somehow, a place for the band to purge all their deepest concerns while somehow also being relieved of them. LoveJoys embodies the relationship between inspired creativity and the use of escapism as a way of getting there.

Here’s a live session we did with the band back in 2013

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Pickwick Videos

by Woody on April 10, 2013

Pickwick came out with one helluva an album in March. To celebrate, they performed 87 times in Austin during SXSW. Since then they have put out a brand new video and played at SafeCo for the M’s opening day festivities. Both of those are below. But the real topper is that they will be visiting HearYa World Headquarters next Friday for a session and we’re pretty damn excited about that.

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Listening to Pickwick reminds me of why I hate the music industry. Last year, we caught Pickwick’s set at Antone’s and Oz commented that lead singer Galen Disston’s voice was one of the best he’s heard in all our years at SXSW. Combined with a phenomenal band consisting of Michael Parker, Garrett Parker, Alex Westcoat,Kory Kruckenberg and Cassady Lillstrom that plays a soulful, R&B sound; its easy to see a record exec getting their hands on, overproducing them and ruining their sound.

If that happened, we would be robbed of one of America’s top up and coming bands. The band recorded the album in their living room and it shows. It was recorded on 1/2 inch tape on an 8 track and incorporates found sounds. The album has some bumps and bruises, and that adds to the aesthetic of the band. The bass line in the mesmerizing Lady Luck is the antithesis of the gorgeous vocals, it is fuzzy and a little meaty. But it doesn’t get in the way of Disston’s and Sharon Van Etten’s stunning, beautiful vocals. Its the contrast that makes song burn into your brain.

My favorite tunes from my previous go-rounds with this band tended to be the up-beat numbers that lit a charge under you. Hacienda Motel and The Round were pure bliss and could get a corpse to sit up and tap their feet. Those two find their way on Can’t Talk Medicine after being on the Myths EP. But the tune that’s been kicking my ass is Brother Roland. It is a bluesy R&B track that has Disston stretching out his chops. It is a fiery number with some top-notch organ work. This tune exemplifies the band’s dedication to keeping their music raw and unfettered. It gets up under you and claws right into your soul.

I can’t wait to see these guys again. Their show at Antone’s last year was jaw-dropping. They are going to be all over Austin. If I have the pleasure to meet them, I will shake their hands and say, “job well done.” You can do the same here.

3/13 – KGSR Broadcast at W Hotel (200 Lavaca St.) – 7:00am
3/13 – C3 Party at Lambert’s (401 W 2nd St) – 12:50pm
3/13 – IFC Crossroads House at Vice Bar (302 E. 6th Street) – 12:00pm
3/14 – Paste Magazine at The Stage on Sixth (508 E 6th St ) – 3:00pm
3/14 – Virgin Mobile at 508 House (508 E. 8th St) – 6:00pm
3/14 – SXSW Showcase at Central Presbyterian Church (200 E. 8th St) – 10:00pm
3/15 – Public Radio Day Stage at Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St.) – 3:00pm

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Seattle’s Pickwick announced some excellent news yesterday. First off, they have a three song EP coming out today. All the tunes are covers and as you can see, one features Sharon Van Etten.

Covers EP Tracklisting

1. “Lady Luck” featuring Sharon Van Etten (Richard Swift)
2. “I Am the Greatest of All Liars” (Damien Jurado)
3. “The Ostrich” (The Primitives)

And then the news that many people have been waiting for, at least I have since catching them at Antone’s last SXSW – full length debut on 3/15. The album is titled Can’t Talk Medicine and they are self-releasing it. They’re going to do some touring after it and they are a must see.

Pickwick 2013 Tour Dates

3/7 Felton, CA @ Don Quixote’s
3/8 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
3/9 Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
3/10 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
3/18 Aspen, CO @ The Belly Up
3/19 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
3/21 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

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Pickwick – Seattle soul group will see you at SxSW

January 26, 2012

Remember the Seinfield episode when Elaine was dating a guy who she thought was African-American and in turn, he thought she was Latino? Sometimes it is just so easy to make a snap conclusion. At the end of the day, they both figured out they were both white and headed off to The Gap. Well […]

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