Schwervon!

Schwervon!

The Wigg Report, Phil Cook and his Feat

Sat, March 23, 2013

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

The Pinhook

Durham, NC

$5

Tickets at the Door

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Schwervon!
Schwervon!
Schwervon! is a two piece rock band. Nan plays drums. Matt plays guitar. They both sing. They lived in NYC for 15+ years and have recently relocated to Kansas City, Kansas with their cat Gummo. While living in Manhattan, they recorded and mixed the bulk of their music in their apartment as well as curating a DIY music hub called Olive Juice Music, which centered around their own local and online community. Their latest album is entitled Courage. It was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee with Doug Easley (Cat Power, Pavement, Breeders).
The Wigg Report
The Wigg Report
I keep telling myself that uttering The Wigg Report in the same breath with The Pixies, or The Violent Femmes even, would be blasphemy, you can't compare Black Francis and crew to anyone, but the more I hear the whole of their work, the more I have to draw a similar parallel between either one of these bands. It's not so much a "sounds like" comparison, but it's more a feeling I get when their music rushes through my headphones. Stephen Mullaney, Christine Fantini, and Ben Riseling , make up Durham's own, The Wigg Report.

Their music is a wonderful blend of minimal acoustic punk rock, mind blowing horns, electronics, and Mullaney's raw, alcohol soaked vocals. A sound that might be overlooked to a casual listener, but sample the tracks below, or see them live and I guarantee you'll be hooked.

Acoustic guitar, the remains of a drum kit, and a saxophone make up the base...yeah, that's right I said saxophone, but this provides the foundation in which they erect their layered structure of sound. It's an intoxicating ride and the sum of their creation is a sound that brings a unique touch, making The Wigg Report really stand out from the rest of local music.

-- The Perm and Skullet
Phil Cook and his Feat
Phil Cook and his Feat
When Phil Cook isn't touring the world with his genre-blending folk band Megafaun, he's on the porch. Specifically, the sunny porch of his North Carolina home, playing acoustic guitar while Willie, his loyal dog, lays by. Cook was raised on piano, taking lessons for over 20 years, but nonetheless found himself inescapably drawn to the iconic instruments of folk music: dobro, banjo, acoustic guitar. He began exploring the finger-picking and slide styles of the blues and country records of the early 20th century, learned by ritual rather than formal education. Relocating from his birthstate of Wisconsin to the South further immersed Cook in the rich traditions of American folk, as he absorbed the vernacular music that created and reflected the culture of the region around him.

Hungry Mother Blues was recorded in a single day in the back room of Cook's house, during a rare North Carolina ice storm. The immediacy, intimacy and intensity of the performances have little to hide behind, as every song incorporates a single instrument in all of its vulnerable glory (with the occasional addition of Cook's tapping feet). Cook manages to draw out the emotional resonance of each instrument, with finger-picked compositions that sound like lost classics of the Southern musical canon. Each song on Hungry Mother Blues is dedicated to someone in Cook's life, whether it be a friend, a bandmate or even Cook's unborn child. Devoid of lyrics, the songs function as instrumental love letters to the people around him.

Cook joins an exciting class of modern musicians who are carrying the torch of authentic folk music. Playing from the heart, Cook creates tender and patient compositions that celebrate the traditions of the past by redefining them for the future.
Venue Information:
The Pinhook
117 W. Main St.
Durham, NC, 27701
http://thepinhook.com/