Pigeon Park riding wave of momentum 0
Joe Leary spends 24 Seconds with Vancouver band Pigeon Park. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
2013 was a big year for Pigeon Park, culminating with the release their Black Widow EP and highlighted by winning the CFOX Seeds contest. Prior to their performance Friday night at Mirage nightclub in Surrey, Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with vocalist Nick Weber and guitarist Kevin Okabe.
24: You won the CFOX Seeds contest, which has launched some pretty good careers. How’s that been for the band?
KO: Obviously we were really excited about winning, it’s an amazing feeling. At the same time, I don't think there was ever a mentality of ‘Now we can just sit back and ride this wave.’ We always have been an extremely hard working band and the Seeds win has been a great platform for furthering the momentum we have built over the past year. It’s definitely helped us make a lot of great connections with the industry, but now it’s up to us to make the most out of the opportunity.
24: Tell me about the EP Black Widow. What was the songwriting process like and how has your sound developed since you first started?
NW: The making of Black Widow was a blur. In the beginning we would take four different genres of music and throw it all onto one album. A lot of people enjoyed that about us, and I think we did too, but we realized that in order to further ourselves, we needed one cohesive sound that someone could listen to and say, ‘That’s Pigeon Park.’ I think we did that with Black Widow. It was grittier, polished and has set us up for bigger and better things.
24: Generally, how does the songwriting process work within the band? Is it a collaborative effort?
NW: For the most part it’s collaborative. Someone will usually bring in a song that’s 70-80 percent finished and then we'll hammer out the finer details together. Sometimes, when the wind is right, someone will start playing something and everyone inherently knows what to do. It’s a rare, but beautiful thing.
KO: Everyone in the band brings some songwriting to the table; democracy reigns in the band and it's not just one person's vision it’s five different people.
24: You've been touring around in support of Black Widow. How is life on the road?
KO: It’s been amazing. Being on the road is an incredible experience. You ride the highs and lows together and overall the shows we played on the road in the last few months have been great. We've been really well received in other markets and that in itself is pretty humbling. These past two tours have been our first experiences at performing at commercial radio and television outlets and that's been pretty great too. It does mean a lot more work. Sometimes we'll wake up at 6 am in a Wal-Mart parking lot (because sometimes we're too broke to get a hotel room), do a TV performance, travel for two hours out to do radio performances, eat dinner, play the show, sleep and repeat.
24: What does 2014 hold for Pigeon Park?
NW: We are hitting the radio airwaves in January with Come Down Slow, our second single off Black Widow. Mid January, we get in the studio with producer Garth Richardson. We open for Electric Six on March 12 at the Venue and in the spring/summer we will release the record and follow that up with a tour. Last but certainly not least, we will tour with Sam Roberts sometime in the fall. It's going to be a big year.