After bucking the tired Americana/folk style, Seattle quintet Pickwick ditched its acoustic guitars, pushed the powerful pipes of singer Galen Disston to the front and filled out the rest of its sound with funky, soulful rhythm.
Since morphing into a modern soul band, the gang has recorded a split EP with Seattle dance-pop band Concours d'Elegance and crafted three 45s, dubbed Myths, volumes 1-3. Many of those tracks strike a more somber chord, incorporating piano riffs that emulate the smoldering sound of Tom Waits over the group's funkier pursuits.
Disston's huge vocals send out golden tones in waves, while the rest of the band bangs tambourines, pounds on keys and thumbs bluesy bass lines. The single "Hacienda Motel" smacks of a bygone era, fleshed out by modern subject matter.
In December, the band began recording a full-length album with Richard Swift of the Shins at his studio in Oregon. On June 22, Pickwick will perform at Neurolux.[ Video is no longer available. ]