Texas musician Alejandro Escovedo is a hard musician to pin down stylistically. His career, spanning 40 years, includes ’70 punk (the Nuns) and ’80s cowpunk (the True Believers), as well several acclaimed solo recordings.
I’m in Love With Everything, premiering at USA TODAY, introduces a side-project supergroup called the Fauntleroys, comprised of Escovedo; Ivan Julian, a founding guitarist of Richard Hell and the Voidoids; Chicago bandleader Nicholas Tremulis; and Linda Pitmon, drummer for Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3 and the Baseball Project.
“I think it’s a great introduction,” says Escovedo, 63. “It’ s a song that features all of us and what we do. As you get deeper into the record, there’s some really great stuff.”
I’m in Love With EverythingI will appear on the group’s EP, Below the Pink Pony, will be released Sept. 16 on Nashville-based Plowboy Records.
Escovedo credits the group’s formation to Tremulis, a longtime mutual friend of the other three musicians. “We’ve done sporadic things together here and there,” Escovedo says. “We’ve talked about playing together and recording something off the cuff to see what happened.”
Escovedo brought the Fauntleroys project to Plowboy Records after recording a track with country great Bobby Bare for Bare’s 2012 Plowboy album Darker Than Light. Escovedo and Plowboy co-founder Cheetah Chrome, who played guitar for ’70s punk band the Dead Boys, ran in the same New York City circles during the ’70s, Escovedo says. “Cheetah has great ears, and he’s a sweet guy,” Escovedo says. “It seemed like a cool place to go together.”
Escovedo calls the Fauntleroys “one of those great rock ‘n’ roll bands” and foresees a future for the group beyond Below the Pink Pony.
“It’s a mystery,” he says. “You never know which way this band is going to turn, especially on stage. We each bring our own idiosyncratic approach to the music, and it seems to work.”
From 2000 to 2007, Pike 27 was a fixture on the Cincinnati music scene. The band garnered acclaim and awards for their 2001 release Falling Down Hard, opened for national acts (including Chuck Prophet, Dave Alvin, Robbie Fulks, Vigilantes of Love, Jason Ringenberg, and the Ass Ponys), and developed a reputation as one of the best live acts in the area. The band went on hiatus when singer/songwriter Dave Purcell moved away to work as a sociology professor at Kent State University.
In summer 2013, Purcell returned home and put together a new lineup including: bassist Sean Rhiney (his long-time co-conspirator in Pike 27 and Clabbergirl and the co-founder of the Midpoint Music Festival), lead guitarist Mike Fair (Wojo, Mike Fair & The Adventure Seekers); and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Dave Killen. The new lineup debuted by opening for Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion in November.
Pike 27 is jangly, smart, sometimes noisy, joyful. Good to raise a pint to. Like some of their influences (REM, Alejandro Escovedo, Elvis Costello), they are hard to pin down. Come see for yourself...
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"this is the 1977 NYC art-punk the Voidoids invented, slashing Stones-meet-free-jazz guitars and neo-beat lyrics" - Austin Chronicle