Though they're a bit more accustomed to green fields, cool lakes, and the shaded cover of the North Woods, Minnesotan duo Peter Wolf Crier
seem right at home busting out a hollow body and some minimum percussion amongst the traffic humming by on Houston and First Ave. Yes, I do recollect singer Peter Pisano letting a well timed "Holy Sh*t! slip out when witnessing the whizzing backdrop of our NYC "stage". But in this segment of The Guest Apartment, he and drummer Brian Moen were quickly at home in the urban, outdoor cafe setting for a performance/interview. Preparing three bluesy and soulful songs from the band's recently released, Jagjaguwar
, the band interacted with passersby (with help from one adorable observer in particular), taking time to discuss the roots of their album and how it shaped their identity as musicians along the way. - David Pitz
Inter-Be is the debut album by PETER WOLF CRIER, the Minneapolis-based duo of Peter Pisano and Brian Moen. The album was born on a single summer night when Pisano felt a torrent of creativity after what had felt, to him, like an interminably long dry spell. He shared the songs with Moen, and over the months that followed, at Moen's home, these rough-hewed tunes became what they are now: a confident collection of songs, but deceptive in that their very guts still reflect the thoughts of a man in transition.
Pisano's is not a new songwriting voice. He is best known for being part of the Wars of 1812, an ascendant Wisconsin-bred quartet. Their first album together, Status Quo Ante Bellum, was more than just an album. It was relocation and aspiration and Pisano's lyrical Eden. As the Wars went on hiatus, Pisano continued to hone his craft, keeping his days full as a teacher at a small private school while fine-tuning, at night, the songs that would soon become Inter-Be. Feeling confident in the songs, Pisano approached Moen, a seasoned drummer and engineer best known for his involvement in Laarks and Amateur Love. After being asked to add some percussive elements, Moen added his thundering drum rolls and perfectly timed fills, but he also added something much more: a melodic soundscape that would complete the evolution of the songs. So was born the partnership that is called Peter Wolf Crier.
Jagjaguwar is no stranger to our near northern neighbors' musical culture. With our ears tuned into labelmates Gayngs, Volcano Choir, and Bon Iver, Peter Wolf Crier fits firmly into our developing Midwestern curatorial. This internationally traveling exposition of the Northern Midwest's best and brightest all starts within a couple hundred miles radius, stretching from Minneapolis to Milwaukee. For the seemingly endless rolling plains and valleys of our local geography, that is right next door.