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Galen Disston
Michael Parker
Garrett Parker
Cassady Lillstrom
Alex Westcoat
Kory Kruckenberg

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To hear Pickwick tell it, their popular Myths 7-inch series was merely a group of rough sketches they’d been developing over the previous two years put to wax. That a CD collection of those “demos” held their hometown Seattle’s Sonic Boom Records #1 sales spot for a period of weeks in 2011 shows those six songs amounted to something more than tossed off basement recordings. With a successful year of festival invites and an ever larger string of hometown sell-outs behind them in 2012 the band refocused on recording and have a year later emerged with Can’t Talk Medicine. Upgrading from the basement used for Myths and setting up shop in their living room, the band’s own multi-instrumentalist Kory Kruckenberg served as engineer. The 13 finished tracks include three re-recorded and fully realized Myths cuts and a collaboration with Sharon Van Etten on lead single “Lady Luck.”

“A cool thing about this record,” says Kruckenberg, “this house has made its way onto the record. We've tried to include the quirks of living here.” Guitarist Michael Parker wryly spins the situation differently saying “our record doesn't sound like a lot of other records because it was recorded in this living room.” The choice of a carpeted location may have been a double-edged sword, but the use of this unconventional space was fully compatible with the band’s own grittier leanings and desire to establish a unique musical aesthetic. By recording to 1/2 inch tape on an 8 track and incorporating found sounds, Kruckenberg was additionally using a canvas that provided for an intentionally different dynamic than a modern digital effort. Why tape? “It's about dirtiness,” Kruckenberg explains referring to the distortion that the taping process itself can imbue on a recorded sound. He reports his final results with a grin, “It’s raw.”

An audiophile’s full attention to every detail shows in the final mix: voices and instruments have the space to assert their full identity and tones shimmer in lengthy decay. The percussive clang of the piano hammers in lead track “Halls of Columbia” are incorporated instead of hidden away. The organ drone in “Window Sill” is elevated from dissonant psych clutter to an erie foundational element. The harmonies of Parker, keyboardist Cassady Lillstrom, and guest Kaylee Cole are at turns sweet, unsettling and epiphanic. It’s all orchestrated to support frontman Galen Disston’s gospel growl and build on the mood of his words.

“There is a layer to our songs that I don't think very many people have picked up on,” says Disston, who prefers listeners delve into their own imagination with his words over providing a literal history of every lyric. What he will relate is that Can't Talk Medicine mines themes of mental illness. “It’s about art making you go crazy,” he reveals. “We idolize and value that insanity when it's in the name of art." But as his lyrics also imagine it, life in creative overdrive can be nervous, desperate and grotesque. The refrain in “Window Sill” speaks of planning a defiant suicide and Myths crowd favorite “Hacienda Motel” recounts a risque homicide.

Many of the deeper answers about influences and a preference for mystery can be traced to the band’s own voracious interest in music that’s mired in obscurity. Reissues from Designer Records, the seminal output of the Black Ark. Robert Pete Williams, Alan Lomax, the Walkmen, The Sonics, and Abner Jay are among the diverse list of names referred to with reverence in the living room. ‘Famous L. Renfroe as The Flying Sweet Angel of Joy’ is a current well of inspiration for Disston who, like his idol Bob Dylan, has through his own deep exploration of American roots music developed a signature vocal delivery.
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Watch Pickwick's "Hacienda Motel" video on The AV Club

Pickwick have premiered their new video for "Hacienda Motel" exclusively on The AV Club. The single comes from their debut album Can't Talk Medicine, available now on Dine Alone Records.

avc.lu target="_blank">Click to watch "Hacienda Motel" via The AV Club.

After a series of headlining shows in the US and Canada, Pickwick will be touring the US supporting Neko Case. The band will also embark on a ten-date run with Black Joe Lewis this Fall. View all dates bit.ly target="_blank">HERE.

CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
09/05 – Calgary, AB – The Gateway
09/06 – Nelson, BC – Spiritbar at the Hume Hotel
09/19 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace*
* w/ Black Joe Lewis

itunes.apple.com target="_blank">Click to grab your copy of Can't Talk Medicine on iTunes.
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Pickwick's Can't Talk Medicine now available in Canada

The highly acclaimed album from Seattles Pickwick, Can’t Talk Medicine, is now available in Canada. The album includes killer collaboration “Lady Luck” with Sharon Van Etten, deemed by The Scene Magazine as “crazy catchy.”

bit.ly target="_blank"> Click to grab Pickwick’s Can’t Talk Medicine on iTunes.

The band will be making their rounds at this year’s SXSW, as well as a North American tour featuring plenty of Canadian stops (listed below). Grab a full list of tour dates dinealonerecords.com target="_blank"> HERE.

Pickwick Canadian dates:
April 11 – Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar
April 12 – Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
April 13 - Nelson, BC – The Royal
April 14 – Calgary, AB – The Gateway
April 15 – Edmonton, AB – Avenue Theatre
April 17 – Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival
April 21 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
April 22 – Montreal, QC – Le Divan Orange
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Stream Pickwick's debut album on CBC Music

The Seattle outfit's debut album, Can't Talk Medicine, may not drop until March 19, but fans can stream the album in its soulful entirety via CBC Music now.

music.cbc.ca target="_blank">Click to stream Can't Talk Medicine now!

Be sure to catch Pickwick on their North American tour this April, including a ton of Canadian stops. You can view all tour dates dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">HERE.

Pickwick Canadian Tour Dates:
4/11 - Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar
4/12 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
4/13 - Nelson, BC - The Royal
4/14 - Calgary, AB - The Gateway
4/15 - Edmonton, AB - Avenue Theatre
4/17 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Folk Festival
4/21 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
4/22 - Montreal, QC - Le Divan Orange
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Pickwick announces North American tour

The Seattle outfit will embark on a massive North American tour this March in support of their forthcoming debut Can't Talk Medicine (March 12), which will take them through SXSW and up the West Coast. A slew of Canadian dates are confirmed, which you can check out below. View all tour dates dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">HERE.

soundcloud.com target="_blank">Click to hear Pickwick's first single "Ladyluck ft. Sharon Van Etten."

Pickwick Canadian Tour Dates:
4/11 - Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar
4/12 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
4/13 - Nelson, BC - The Royal
4/14 - Calgary, AB - The Gateway
4/15 - Edmonton, AB - Avenue Theatre
4/17 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Folk Festival
4/21 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
4/22 - Montreal, QC - Le Divan Orange
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Dine Alone welcomes Pickwick

Dine Alone Records will release the debut full-length LP from Seattle’s Pickwick on March 12, 2013 in Canada. soundcloud.com target="_blank">Click to hear the band’s soul-tinged first single, "Lady Luck" featuring Sharon Van Etten.

To hear Pickwick tell it, their popular Myths 7-inch series was merely a group of rough sketches they’d been developing over the previous two years put to wax. That a CD collection of those “demos” held their hometown Seattle’s Sonic Boom Records #1 sales spot for a period of weeks in 2011 shows those six songs amounted to something more than tossed off basement recordings.

With a successful year of festival invites (Sasquatch Fest, SXSW) and an ever larger string of hometown sell-outs behind them in 2012, the band refocused on recording and have, a year later, emerged with Can’t Talk Medicine.

Upgrading from the basement used for Myths and setting up shop in their living room, the band’s own multi-instrumentalist Kory Kruckenberg served as engineer. The 13 finished tracks include three re-recorded and fully realized Myths cuts and a collaboration with Sharon Van Etten on lead single “Lady Luck.” Download the track for FREE via bit.ly target="_blank">Pickwick's Website.

Kicking off the year with a headlining New Year’s Eve show at Seattle’s The Showbox at the Market, the band will head out on the road in early March working their way through the west toward SXSW. View all tour dates dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">HERE.
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Pickwick - Hacienda Motel

Pickwick - Halls of Columbia (Live)

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Pickwick - Lady Luck ft. Sharon Van Etten

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