I remember being a bit gobsmacked when I asked Angela Horton, formerly of one of my favorite Memphis bands ever (The Satyrs), if she was interested in playing drums with me and she said yes. When I started trying to put together what became The Pneumatic Girls, that was the biggest piece of the puzzle for me.
The first lineup was Angela and I, plus my friend Maggie Bausch and man about town Patrick Glass (you most likely know him from Moving Finger, who just put a single out on Goner), and things gelled pretty well. Inevitably, scheduling proved to be a problem and we couldn’t maintain any momentum. Patrick is a HELL of a bass player, for the record, and you should pick up anything that any of his projects puts out.
But I digress…that didn’t work out due to scheduling. Enter Eric Wilson, whom I was playing with in the Near Reaches. It really was a natural choice and so he joined the fold. Soon thereafter (and I don’t actually remember the particulars) we added Matthew Trisler on second guitar. Honestly, I think of him as the main guitarist as he’s managed to elevate a lot of these songs to a level that my rudimentary playing could not possibly achieve. The things that man can do on 12-string.
So we could call the corners, as all good witches are wont to do, and we started bashing around several of the songs that would comprise a good half of our current set. All of it came from music I had recorded on my own and released in 2012, but playing them live far exceeded the ambitious-but-polite versions I made on my own.
So then it was time to try and play a show…and the world-famous Poplar Lounge (as it is billed) gave us a chance on the 33rd anniversary of Ian Curtis’s suicide and we delivered. We delivered in spite of the PA dying with three songs left to play.
We’ve played there several times since and haven’t blown up any more equipment, so I’m willing to believe it wasn’t our doing. We’ve also played the P&H Cafe and the brand spanking new Hi-Tone. The old songs have matured and grown, and a handful of newer tracks are coming right along.
In October-November of this year, we entered the studio and tracked six songs with Harry Koniditsiotis (of Angel Sluts/Switchblade Kid fame) behind the board. Cap’n Harry definitely shares some aesthetic philosophies with the PGs, and the rough mixes are noisy, spacious, and ambitious. Will it be an EP? An album? Still not sure, to be honest. A lot of that will depend on what YOU want.
Yes, this is about you, too. Commerce aside, there is a romance between the performer and the audience, between the art and the listener’s ear. If you want it, then it needs to happen. That said, it’s a pleasure to have you along for the ride, and we want you to be outspoken and opinionated…we want you to let us champion you as much as you will champion us. Because let’s face it, if we don’t care about what you think, how can we expect you to care about what we do?
– Jack Pneumatic