By Scott Postulo
VANCOUVER – Pierce Kingan is a strange man who makes strange music. He is perhaps best known as the bassist/singer/songwriter for The Prettys, but he has also been known to stand in with other local groups and artists including James Green, Cousin Arby, and The Orange Kyte. He has also been making lo-fi home recordings since his late teens, and his new EP, Give Pierce a Chance, is the latest addition to an increasingly bizarre and abrasive catalogue.
Give Pierce a Chance is another collection of lo-fi bedroom pop/noise rock numbers, a sound that has become Kingan’s trademark. There is a lack of an obvious centerpiece on the new EP, making the final product feel more cohesive overall. The closing song, “4 Minute Blackout,” is a standout, though Kingan claims that it is probably due to the song having been recorded seven years ago with Evan Matthiesen from his first band The Valley Rats. The song is a catchy noise/folk amalgamation and preaches a positive message of self-acceptance.
Opening track “Leishmaniasis” is another standout from the EP. “It’s about a flesh-eating bacterium that starts in your nose and it travels through your mucus and eats your face,” Kingan shares. The sardonic lyrics juxtapose gruesome imagery with lamentations of heartbreak over a slow crescendo of instrumentation. Kingan has plans to release a music video for this tripped-out folk number shortly, which was shot by local effects wizard Kevin Mnz. The video features Kingan performing the song while a group of friends do some carousing behind him. It’s put through a kaleidoscopic filter and is unquestionably “far out.”
Looking to future projects, Pierce has already begun the process of recording his next EP, tentatively titled A Real Pierce of Work. “I’m always working on [something],” Kingan says.
If you enjoy weirdo, noisy pop from a true master of the craft, give Pierce Kingan a chance.
Pierce Kingan plays his EP release show at Stylus Records with The This and Guilt Trap on August 17.