A long time CIRCLE JERKS bass player Pikeperch castle begins a new chapter in his musical career with the release of his first solo recording, “Song about the songs”, of Blind Owl Records. Along with the announcement, Chateau shared the lead single and title song along with an accompanying music video.
As a veteran Los Angeles journalist and music critic Chris Morris writes in the album’s cover notes: “Tenderly played, with striking intimacy, the subtle and touching material on ‘Song about the songs’ may well surprise listeners who know Pikeperch castle only from three decades of bash-it-out work with the CIRCLE JERKS and other punk units… Here we have a long overdue look at a new side of his musical personality. It carries the thrill of discovery. “
Chateau has an impressive resume that includes his performance as a featured actor alongside Harry dean stanton and Emilio Estévez in Alex coxthe cult classic of 1984 “Repo Man”; work on the soundtracks of Coxswainthe last films of “Sid & Nancy”, “Straight to hell”, “Walker”; and “Road patroller”. He is well known as a touring musical director and guitarist for Joe strummer of SHOCK, with representations on Strummerthe first solo single from “Garbage city” and album “Seismic weather”. He also has appearances recorded with LOW & SOFT ORCHESTRA, MAGNIFICENT SADDLES, THE THÉLONIEUX MONSTER and together with JEWELRY. In 2021-22, we will see him on stage during the CIRCLE JERKS’40th anniversary tour delayed by pandemic.
Corn “Song about the songs”, which features the Los Angeles-based artist as a singer, guitarist and author of nine striking original compositions, shows a revealing new side to his work. It will surprise listeners used to hearing Chateau in an aggressive hardcore format, but the St. Louis-born musician notes that his early musical inspirations came from a distinctly different realm.
“When I was 12,” he says, “I made enough money as a janitor in a candy factory to buy my first guitar. Bob dylan on the cover of Nashville Skyline. I bought the harmonica holder, the harmonica, my guitar, and Bob dylanthe book “Writings and drawings”, her first lyric collection, and I learned this album in its entirety by ear. For me, these songs were neat and concise. They were great examples of what a songwriter could do in two or three minutes.
“Everyone always laughed at me because I was a muso. I had studied Bob dylan and Leonard cohen and Neil young and all those guys when I was a kid. Then I moved to California and sank my teeth in Jimi Hendrix and jimmy page and became a rocker. Then in my last year of high school I started listening Charlie parker and Jean Coltrane, moved in with my jazz teacher for a year and became a jazzman. “
Due early 2022, “Song about the songs” was recorded in Los Angeles Sargent Recorders, owned by producer and fellow native of Missouri Gus Seyffert, who also plays bass on the collection; Seyffert worked with Roger Waters, Norah jones, Beck, and the BLACK KEYS, among others. Emerging singer-songwriter Bedouin invited as singer on the track “I loved the story of my life”.
As Chateau see it, the title song of “Song about the songs” characterizes the global approach of this intensely moving solo bow: “I have often wondered who are you, Pike perch, and what do you want to do? These songs were written for my own therapy. I hope this music will help people to transcend their own sadness through the power of music and become a place of healing. I have enormous respect for music and its healing powers. I obviously have songs that saved my life.
“It’s my opposite version of punk rock. Punk rock is volume, anger and speed. I wanted to make space and vulnerability and excruciating, almost unconscious emotions, things that I feel so deeply that I don’t. would never say them out loud. “
“Songs on the songs” track list:
01. My dear blue
02. Not so long ago
03. The sin of wasting time
04. Old clichés and diamond rings
05. Dead friend letter
06. I loved the story of my life (with Bedouin)
07. The road
08. Married to sadness
09. Songs About Songs
Chateau will also be on tour with the CIRCLE JERKS for their 40th anniversary tour which begins in October and runs through 2022.
Photo credit: Geoff moore