Saint John and the Revelations

One More Time with Feeling - Tractor Tavern, 12/10

2017

A bad year.

A good year.

A weird-as-fuck year.

Running from the Sun came out a little over a year ago and since then I've dropped two videos, been interviewed, reviewed, rejected, accepted, triumphed and failed more times than I'd like to count. It's the way I roll and I wouldn't have it any other way. 

This Sunday, December 10th, I'm wrapping up the Running from the Sun era with one of my biggest performances ever at Tractor Tavern in Ballard. It's an early show, we take the stage at 7pm. It's a full band performance, we will be joined by our ace in the hole and my frequent collaborator, John Theroux, who will be projecting live visuals on stage.

We are opening the evening for Ry Flannery and The Nite Owls and Saint John and The Revelations, both excellent artists that I highly recommend you check out.

After this show, the focus turns to the next phase. In 2018 I have new singles, new videos and a new EP that I think you'll really like. Don't miss this show and don't you DARE think you've seen all the tricks I have up my sleeve! I'll be seeing you Sunday!

PG

Reawakening the Beast

Photo by Tim Basaraba

Photo by Tim Basaraba

There is a part of me that has always been  a stranger…a shadow…a passenger that sees with my eyes and feels with my skin and crawls through the echoes of my mind. It’s angry. It’s desperate. It’s heartbroken and distrustful. It feeds on the validation of performance and it hates me for needing it. It is a monstrosity of ego, aggression, and rebellion…and I’ve missed it terribly for a long time.

I spent my whole life in bands until last year. When Death By Stars broke up it felt like something inside of me broke too. I dedicated my life to sharing my creative abstractions with a select group of people I could trust. It hurt to let it go and I refused to get hurt again. I didn’t want to leave myself at the mercy of anyone. I was mad and when I'm mad I'm stubborn. Fuck’em all! I decided to do music completely alone, for once.

And I did. Learning to be a solo performer, standing on stage with nothing but my guitar, my voice and my stupid glasses, has been a profound and powerful experience. Having a bad night? No drums or bass or keyboards to hide behind. It’s just you and everyone around you. I had to hold myself to a higher standard and deliver the goods each and every time. I gained a new respect for my craft.

BIG BLDG BASH 2014, Photo by James Toohey for NadaMucho.com

BIG BLDG BASH 2014, Photo by James Toohey for NadaMucho.com

But this guy was still lurking inside and screaming to be let out.

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I love playing acoustic shows. I'll always play acoustic shows. But there is something intangibly different about a band with a beat. 

When the stage is shared, there is more room to breathe. With more instrumentation it's easier to set a scene. And once the scene is set, the actors know how to inhabit their characters. 

A few weeks back I performed at NadaMucho.com's #41for2015Fest with my friend and fantastic drummer, Justin Pascua. We had rehearsed for a while and felt good about our work but I think we were both a little nervous about bringing the songs to life on stage.

When the moment came and the music started, worries didn't matter. I gave in completely. The world I inhabited minutes before was a distant, unneeded distraction. I felt myself surrender. My thoughts wandered until they disappeared entirely. The pulse of the beat hypnotized me until I had achieved a focus, a command of my presence that felt both familiar and brand new. The personification of ego and aggression that I wasn't sure existed anymore was alive and well.

There are moments in life where the truth becomes evident beyond all doubt.  

#41for2015Fest with Justin Pascua, photo by Marcus Klotz

#41for2015Fest with Justin Pascua, photo by Marcus Klotz

Tomorrow, November 7th, for the first time I will take the stage with Justin Pascua on drums and Brenden Smith of Clearly Beloved on viola.

This is also the launch of the soundtrack for CJ Kinton's forthcoming book, "Edge - The Novel". I recorded a duet with Hell Mary, "Look Through the Window" that is featured on the album and will performed live for the first time!  Show details below.

Soundtrack release party for "Edge - The Novel", Saturday, Nov. 07

ALL AGES till 10pm! $8, Doors at 6pm, music start at 7:00pm

Skylark Cafe - 3803 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

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Saturday - Seattle Acoustic Fest + 2 Other Things

I’m gonna be playing this Saturday at 12:45pm, NOON 45, at Seattle Acoustic Fest hosted by All Pilgrims Christian Church in Seattle. It’s a stacked bill featuring a ton of great songwriters: Saint John and the Revelations, TBASA, Star Anna, Tobias the Owl, Big Sur, Dark Hip Falls, The Beatles…ok, one of those acts isn’t playing but I refuse to say which one. Anyway, this is an easy way to hear a ton of great music: it’s cheap, it’s all day and most importantly, it is QUALITY! Don’t miss this, buy your tickets now to be sure you can get in! More info here or here or here….or HERE.

Last week I played bass for the incomparable Hell Mary on The Spud Goodman Show’s 2nd Anniversary episode. She was great, the show was fun and we were joined by Derek Terran of the thunderous Wind Burial (don’t be a dope, check them out NOW) on drums. Watch the video or listen to the whole podcast here.

Seattle - girl, I need you so bad. TBASA, Hell Mary and I getting ready to depart for the Triple Headed Monster Tour in September. Substation in Seattle will be hosting our send-off show on September 4th. This is also Hell Mary's EP release for her debut "Worship Games". All we need you to do is show up, have a few drinks, buy an EP and/or a t-shirt, shake your sexy ass and get the hell home (safely). This simple act of fun and good times will help us buy gas, food and cheap hotel rooms in our bid to fill the world with love, laughter and our commercial wares. Save the date! September 4th at Substation! RSVP here.