Frog Eyes is an indie rock band from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The quartet is led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Carey Mercer and is known for their rigid, formulaic dance numbers, which pit Mercer's melodic falsetto whoops against an avalanche of guitar, keyboards, piano, and drums. Drummer Melanie Campbell and Carey are married, and are Frog Eyes' only two permanent members. Campbell is originally from Penticton, British Columbia, as is former member Spencer Krug.
Mercer's prior band Blue Pine released two records, although the second Blue Pine remained unreleased during the band's existence, instead being released as a bonus album appended to the reissue of Frog Eyes' debut, The Bloody Hand. Mercer also has a solo project, Blackout Beach, and has released two albums (Light Flows the Putrid Dawn and Skin of Evil) and one single on Soft Abuse. Different versions of three Blackout Beach songs appear on Frog Eyes releases.
Frog Eyes performed with Destroyer in live shows and on Dan Bejar's album Notorious Lightning & Other Works. This collaboration led to the formation of Swan Lake, a "songwriter's project" with Dan Bejar of Destroyer/The New Pornographers and Spencer Krug of Sunset Rubdown/Wolf Parade.
On April 26 2010, Frog Eyes will release their fifth full-length studio album, Paul's Tomb: A Triumph, in the UK. It will be released a day later in the US. It is the band's first release on Austin, Texas/Bloomington, Indiana indie label Dead Oceans.
Pearly Gate Music Interview: SXSW 2010
* Posted on Mar 16th 2010 1:41PM by Mike Barzacchini
Pearly Gate Music Pearly Gate Music is musician Zach Tillman. He makes thoughtful, expressive indie rock, hand-crafted on Casio keyboard and acoustic guitar, layered with vocal harmonies and handclaps, then lo- fi recorded, often in his own bedroom or basement. Songs like "If I Was a River," sound less played than poured straight from Tillman's heart.That sense of intimacy has created an instant connection between Pearly Gate Music and a growing number of fans in the Pacific Northwest.
Along with nurturing a solo career, Tillman records with and often opens on the road for brother Josh Tillman, Fleet Foxes' drummer and an accomplished indie singer-songwriter..
On the road to SXSW 2010, Pearly Gate Music shared this preview with Spinner.
Pearly Gate Music plays SXSW 2010 on Thursday, March 18.
Describe your sound in your own words.
This record is pretty bedroom fuzzy lo-fi, but only by nature of the fact that it was mostly recorded in my bedroom. The sound kind of grew out of my initial concept through collaboration and time to something that would be hard to reproduce live in an organic way, so we turned the song arrangements towards 50s garage for the performances.
How did you begin your music career?
Pretty strangely, actually. When I was 5 or 6, on Christmas, our family house caught on fire and I was trapped in the attic where I was putting the finishing touches on the handmade crafts I was gifting my parents and siblings that year. By the time the rescue crew got to me through the flames, I had been technically dead for at least three minutes and-- while I can't remember exactly what happened during that time-- when I came back I could sight read any piano sheet music that was put in front of me. I mean, literally, anything. Chopin, Monk, Mozart, anything. I forgot how to play piano a few years after and picked up guitar in high school.
What/Who are your influences?
Phil Elvrum, Kyle Thomas and Beyonce.
What are your current inspirations?
Lately I've only felt inspired to binge watch Lost in my underwear. And eat waffles.
What's the story behind the your name?
What's your biggest vice?
Either Peanut M&M's or Crystal Meth. Depends on the day.
What's in your SXSW survival kit?
A deer rifle. For when I do my Crystal Meth.
Who was your first celeb crush?
Fran Drescher. And I just recently got caught watching "The Nanny" in a motel on tour. I'm going to save the rest of this for a good therapist.
What's your musical guilty pleasure?
I think the closest thing is that Ke$ha jam, 'Tik Tok'. But it's totally a great song, so I don't really feel that guilty about it.
Beatles or Stones?
What's the craziest thing you've seen or experienced while on tour?
One time in San Francisco after playing the GAMH, I stayed up way too late watching "Jersey Shore" on the motel TV. The next morning I slept in until 11:30 a.m., half an hour after check out! We party pretty hard.
What are your hopes and dreams for your 2010 SXSW appearance this year?
I hope to be everyone's favorite act at the festival.
Why should SXSW attendees come to your showcase?
To watch a Pearly Gate Music live musical performance lasting 30-35 minutes.
What kind of adventures do you usually get into on the road?
Where's your hometown and how's the local support for your band?
It's Seattle, and really great actually. A lot of people have a strange attitude towards music in this city-- symptomatic of the big grunge hangover, i think-- but we've had nothing but dancing and good vibes at the shows so far. I think it's because my band is so handsome.
What are you doing when you're not making music?
Please see question #4.
Mike Barzacchini is a contributor from Seed.com.
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