PETER WOLF CRIER

It is not so much a sound as a spirit. You don't need to name it to know it or to trust it. Peter Wolf Crier's second album Garden of Arms is a document that paints a vivid portrait of all the pain and beauty of growth. Written with the at-home repose demanded by performing a hundred shows in six months, these eleven tracks were nurtured from their hushed origins with a new-found footing of confidence and experimentation. Adapting the tenets of the grinding live show, the duo of Peter Pisano and Brian Moen transformed the fuzzy distortion, rolling and crashing drums, and laser-focused purposefulness into an intensely dynamic yet supremely polished album. The lead off track, "Right Away", best exemplifies the band's new direction, a dense and jarring embrace of the immediacy of real personal connection. Later on in the album, restraint is more readily apparent, in tracks like "Settling it Off", where the sonics do not threaten to overwhelm but are instead peeled back to reveal a more subdued, secure sense of direction. The notion that any one of these songs could be your favorite depending on where your head and heart reside, moment to moment, is the most appealing aspect of this album. Throughout Garden of Arms, swagger is juxtaposed against an icy delicacy, making the scope of the record complex but somehow an easily digestible statement of how Peter Wolf Crier are rolling: a wheel, rusted with unrestrained hope. It is apparent from listening to the album that, for Pisano and Moen, 2010 was a both an absolutely exhilarating and a profoundly exhausting year. How they so evocatively and effectively channeled the fabric of their experiences into their body of work is not something they could do two years ago. This is a band that is just starting to figure out what they are capable of.

S. Carey and Peter Wolf Crier Play Next Week at FRZN Fest

Sean Carey has been mighty busy touring every which way with Bon Iver, but he’s taking a pause to play a set at this year’s FRZN Fest in Madison, WI. Peter Wolf Crier will also be playing the festival, coming off the heels of some heavy touring toward the end of 2011 and the release of their last album, Garden of Arms. Catch both of these wonderful artists and more at the festival on Sat, Jan 14. They’ll be playing at 8pm at the High Noon Saloon (701 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI). The show is only $12 (or $15-20 if you want to stick around for both nights of the festival).

Peter Wolf Crier cover Wham’s “Last Christmas” for AV Club


Peter Wolf Crier cover “Last Christmas”

Thanksgiving is over, which means it’s time to put up the holiday decorations. Let Peter Wolf Crier help you get in the mood with their cover of Wham’s “Last Christmas.” There are no snowbunnies in this video, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any surprises. Stay tuned to the end for whispers & wall art. And like AV Club suggests, Garden of Arms would make a great gift, which you can buy here.

Peter Wolf Crier visit WFUV

 

For the last two months, Peter Wolf Crier have been on a near-nonstop tear, touring relentlessly and spreading their unique, beautiful gospel.  Last month, the band’s travels took them to WFUV, where they recorded a session for the station’s Alternate Side channel.

“Cut a Hand” is the first recording to go live, and you can check it out HERE.

 

Peter Wolf Crier continue their nonstop crisscross of the US throughout November, including many dates with Sondre Lerche!  Check ‘em all here, or after the jump.

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Peter Wolf Crier Premiere “Settling It Off” Remix

Peter Wolf Crier have released a remix of their single “Settling It Off” today. The track features Minneapolis PWC compatriots Joe Horton of No Bird Sing, Kristoff Krane, and Alexei Casselle aka MC Crescent Moon of Kill the Vultures. The four friends met when they were introduced by Mikey Larsen of Eyedea & Abilities, who passed away last year. Peter Pisano says of the track, “Can you hear it when you listen to the remix? You know how it sounds like their verses live in three tenses at once: Grandpa’s earest wisdom, Brother’s beautiful skill, and Mom and Dad’s upright courage? This is what it felt like to drink with Mike.” You can check out the remix here or over at Welikeit.indie

The band is also gearing up for a run of West Coast dates with Birds + Batteries as well as Sondre Lerche later in the month. A full list of shows is here.

Settling It Off by Peter Wolf Crier

Hard as Nails by Peter Wolf Crier

Settling It Off by Peter Wolf Crier
Right Away by Peter Wolf Crier
Hard As Nails by Peter Wolf Crier
Crutch & Cane by Peter Wolf Crier

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