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Intimate Objects, Confidence, and what happens next?

Intimate Objects was actually my first full solo release back in 2013. Barring two songs (“Like A Broken String” and the original version of “Brakes”), I wrote and recorded the whole thing over the span of a week. Two of its songs became Pneumatic Girls tunes (“A Team of Bumblebees” and “Near Misses”) and “Brakes” has been refined for the album I’ve been working on most recently.

I’m starting to view this as part of the process of writing – a flurry of semi-improvised ideas that evolve and later emerge as a tight, cohesive piece. I’ve never really known what my process is, and generally have considered it to be somewhat random (or maybe even chaotic).

This new album is going to be called Confidence. It is the result of a song cycle that actually began way back in 2000 with a Tascam four track. 15 years as a span of developing work seems like an awfully long time, doesn’t it? Still, that’s where we are.

And with that, I also understand that a new cycle has begun last year. I don’t know where it will take me, though. Not yet. Actually, I think I’ll let it surprise me as it tends to do.

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XXIV. ON THE RADIO: The Pneumatic Girls

The Pneumatic Girls track “Near Misses” will be played on this Sunday’s (8/31) edition of Hey You Kids Get Off My Lawn, a radio show which airs on Utica, New York’s WPNR-FM Sundays at 8:00pm Eastern. This is the second PGs track HYKGOML has played, and will be the second time “Near Misses” has appeared on the show.

You can also listen to previous episodes here, and follow Old Man Freakboy on Twitter.

XXIII. If It Has Keys, We Can Play It…and What Was It Anyway?

Session two was myself and Jason Pulley. He played piano, organ, and Rhodes. I played melodica, toy piano, and synthesizer.

I don’t think I’ve even discussed what this first batch of songs consists of. Well…

“We Died Laughing” began its life as a Near Reaches song called “The Bailer”, but I wasn’t really satisfied with the lyrics. The musical structure is fairly identical to how we played it as the Reaches – like a Costello/Attractions tune with more bite. Also, it’s worth mentioning that personnel-wise, the core members of the Near Reaches recorded it. Full circle.

“For My Favorite” was pretty much made up on the spot – I had come up with the verse chording and vocal melody while sitting around with my girlfriend a couple nights previous to the first recording session. J.D. was shooting for “Wonderwall”, and I think I was shooting for Slowdive. I think we’ve landed somewhere in between. This song is for her.

“An Episode” was originally “Our Spacecraft” which I’ve recorded solo, and brought into the Reaches where it became quite a monster of a song. It’s still huge, but now it’s way more of a late-Seventies Bowie art rock tune. Harry wants me to come up with a spacey line for the end part. I don’t know. Mental illness as explained through a crashing spaceship analogy. Another situation where the Near Reaches ride again.

“Lost In the Fire” was a Pneumatic Girls song that we had played out regularly. It’s a letter to myself. We determined in the studio that it’s a little too close to Radiohead’s “Creep” for comfort, so we did weird it out a little. Maybe it will be more “My Iron Lung” when we get finished with it. This one desperately needs Matthew Trisler, and I think I’m going to get my friend Kathryn Brawley to lend her angelic voice to this tune as well.

Last in this first batch is “Sunday Drunk”, which used to be “Juicebox”, then in the Pneumatic Girls repertoire as “Sunday, Drunk, and Dumped”. It started its life as a slacker rock song (think Pavement) and ended up being the hungover cousin of Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London”. I don’t think my sense of humor really manifests itself in my music, so maybe this is me turning a corner. Again, Matthew’s sweet guitar action is needed. Robert M. Jones did a great cover of this song on his Near Reaches tribute EP Reaching.

XIX. Everything Dead Is Probably Still Dead Again

In case you hadn’t heard, The Pneumatic Girls are no more. No more hiding behind a band name or guise, no more group identities. It’s time I just embraced making music as ME, Jack Alberson.

And so demoing has begun, and five songs have been started on at Five & Dime with the honorable Harry K presiding … having done such a fine job with the PGs, why WOULDN’T I go with him for this?

J.D. Reager, mighty drummer extraordinaire, and as usual Eric Wilson (or The Wolf, as I like to call him), and a blatant disregard for grammar and sentence structure in this blog post. Key ingredients.

Funding is a bit hard to come by but I’ll figure it out. I welcome your suggestions, gentle readers. Also, this site has been ported over from the now-deleted thepneumaticgirls.com so I apologize if its individual identity is slow in coming. Baby steps, babies.

JA

XV. Praise For Imperial Lanes…

…from our friend Richard Lester, who had this to say:

“Imperial Lanes is the debut effort from Memphis band, The Pneumatic Girls. The band mixes numerous influences such as Bowie, Orbison, and even shoegazing to create a unique sound. Mixing modern rock n’ roll sensibilities with a bit of ‘Wall of Sound’ technique, The Girls have created a sound that is both large and intimate. The songs are personal and emotional, though vague enough to allow every listener to connect with the material.

This is a great record just waiting to be discovered by music fans in the know.” 

Taken from the Amazon.com page for Imperial Lanes. Thank you, Richard!

XI. Getting Social

Testing…1…2…3…

The blog here at thepneumaticgirls.com is now connected to our Facebook and Tumblr pages, and also to our Twitter. I’m told that’s supposed to be a good thing. Mind you, each will still have unique content, but most of our major announcements (in theory, at least) should originate from here.

As referenced here, earlier today, there’s been some recording going on. Again, Harry Koniditsiotis is at the helm at the mighty Five & Dime studios. I laid down tracks for a song we played a few times last year…with the aid of that strange old drum machine, as well as guitar and trash can (!)

I believe three of the four of us will be spending a little more time in the studio this Sunday as well. If we’re lucky and get all this laid down, maybe the follow-up to Imperial Lanes will be finished by the fall.