Peter Wolf Crier
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.
Singer-songwriter Jeremiah Nelson has dabbled in a few different sounds since he moved to Madison a few years back, from low-key pop production to acoustic honky-tonkin' at a regular Tuesday gig at Mickey's. The material usually held up even as the setting and presentation changed, but Nelson might do it more justice on the record he's working on with The Achilles Heel, which consists of the drummer, bassist, and lead guitarist from Madison band Blueheels...Pugnacious drumming, melodic basslines, and busy guitar leads—and even some snappy time-signature changes—push him to bite a little harder, too. - AV Club
"Heartfelt, high-quality stuff - mixed with a little smoke, whiskey and grizzle"
My Old Kentucky Blog
"It's easy to fall in love with Jeremiah Nelson's sound"
Muzzle of Bees
"Interstate seems born out of an improvisational spirit and the beautifully bittersweet meeting of daydreaming and reality."
"A bittersweet slice of back-porch folk-rock"
Tom Laskin, Isthmus
"A ragged journey through the small-town Midwest"
The name "Conrad Plymouth" began as a buzzed up joke among friends at the Joynt in Eau Claire, WI. Los Angeles Lakers historian/Megafaun bass player Brad Cook dubbed Christopher Porterfield as such (same initial letters- get it? That's the kind of wholesome fun you have in Eau Claire) in 2004. It became the nom de plume of the burgeoning songwriter, who took the name with him to Milwaukee. What began as the creative mantle of one man has become the nomenclatural umbrella for an ensemble.
"evokes those desperate moments where just averting a complete flame out feels like a miraculous triumph, and appreciatively raises a glass to how much worse things could have turned out. It's a beautifully pure sentiment, perfectly sold." Shepherd Express
"favors slow builds over easy climaxes, evocative texture over gut-level hooks, and spooky atmosphere over a quick visceral charge. The four songs on the Conrad Plymouth EP tend to blur together into a 20-minute, mid-tempo, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot-sounding groan on first listen, but upon further inspection they reward patient listeners with finely written and sonically constructed coming-of-age meditations." AV Club
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701A. E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53703
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