Somewhere between garage rock and R&B is Seattle rock band Pickwick.
The band's recently released album, “Can't Talk Medicine,” will have fans shimmying, shaking and dancing over its 13 tracks.
Band leader and singer Galen Disston's soulful vocals are the anchor, and they pull down anyone listening.
The group won over critics and fans with its “Myths” series of 7-inch vinyl singles, and the new album (and sold-out performances) have helped, too.
We called Disston while the band was on tour in Minnesota to talk about the new record, recording in the band's living room and including Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten on the record.
Question. How did your album, “Can't Talk Medicine,” come into being?
Answer. It's a long time coming. It was a culmination of all of the vinyl singles we released. We made it on our own in our living room after a few failed attempts.
I think we're all happy with it. It's a product of all six of us and all of our influences.
Q. You kind of gave up the reins a little bit. What was that like?
A. Yeah, the songs are better. I'm an inferior songwriter to the product than when we work together. It was a whole identity shift. I thought I was gonna be Bob Dylan or something. But we started having fun rather than overthinking everything.
We were trying stuff out. It was exciting writing and performing with instruments that all of us weren't that familiar with.
Q. And you recorded in your living room, right? What was that like?
A. It's not ideal in terms of studio sound, but I think that's what we wanted. We wanted to be comfortable rather than sounding perfect.
It was cool because that's where we practice. We have band meetings there.
Q. You did a series of singles before, but this was a full album. Did you have more time with the songs?
A. We're starting to think in terms of records. That's probably just because of the amount of songs that we're working on and focusing on now. A song came up, two songs came up, and we were just like, “Let's record them now and put them out.” Both (the singles and albums) were pretty exciting. Now we're interested in being able to think of a group of songs with an overarching theme.
Q. You had Sharon Van Etten record on “Lady Luck.” How did you pull that off?
A. We just asked. We were all fans. I think her little brother liked us and told her to do it. She was in town playing a show in Seattle. We brought her to my house on my lunch break.
We were thrilled that she said yes.
Q. What's next for you guys?
A. We'll be out until the second week of May. We're touring and hopefully be able to get some demo-ing done. We have a few 10-day runs in July and August. Then we'll probably do another fall tour.
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