indie music profile: Elvis Perkins in Dearland

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Elvis was named so because his father, the late Antony Perkins (Psycho, The Black Hole, Friendly Persuasion; yes, Norman Bates, that Tony Perkins) was apparently a huge fan of Elvis Presley.  His mother Berry Berenson was tragically killed on American Airlines flight 11 on September 11, 2001.  Because of the intensely personal nature of his loss, his “weary, melancholic” debut album, Ash Wednesday, released February 2007, six years after he began working on it, is a reflection on those events.

"The songs are their grandchildren they didn't get to meet," Elvis told NPR’s Steve Inskeep. "They strike me as offspring from time to time, and some of them on the new album sort of stare back at me a little funny."

[image-1]His second l.p., Elvis Perkins in Dearland released March 10, 2009 with a follow up EP, The Doomsday E.P. on October 20, 2009.

Click here to listen to a June 08, 2009 Mountain Stage performance recorded by NPR.  Click here to listen to a June 19, 2009 XPN Live Fridays set recorded by WXPN.   Click here to listen to a March 09, 2009 story by NPR’s Morning Edition.  Click here for a February 20, 2007 World Café set recorded by WXPN.  Visit the band’s myspace page here and website here.

Check here to see if Elvis Perkins in Dearland have any gigs scheduled near you.

As always, whenever possible, please buy your music from your local independent music store by people who know and love music and not from retailers like Wal-Mart (soulless, globally-homogenizing, community-killers) or i-Tunes (albums should be listened to as an entire composition with album cover and liner notes in hand). Incidentally, these two companies sell more music than any other retailer in the United States. That my friend, bites.

Elvis Perkins in Dearland bleed Americana.

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Multi-talented Elvis Perkins loathes the term singer-songwriter, because as he said, “it reminds me of open-mic nights and coffee shops and lazy chord structures".  Let’s call him a recording artist.  Anyway, multi-talented recording artist Elvis Perkins began playing guitar in high school through lessons from Prescott Niles of The Knack.  Some years later, he began creating the eclectic Americana laden folk-rock with which he is becoming acclaimed.

Because of his "intimate voice and intricate melodic style" his band, the Hudson River valley based Elvis Perkins in Dearland, made up of Elvis Perkins, Brigham Brough (bass,vocals, saxophone), Wyndham Boylan-Garnett (organ, harmonium, trombone, guitar, vocals) and Nick Kinsey (drums, clarinet, vocals) are commonly compared to Leonard Cohen, Neutral Milk Hotel, Buddy Holly and The Band.

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