Boy writes songs. Boy forms band. Boy’s band starts gaining momentum. Boy and band hit a rough patch due to artistic differences or personal issues with band mates. Boy and band part ways. And so goes the timeless story of how most bands meet their demise. Such was the case of Brian Marquis as we chronicled in his IAtv Session article in January, and such was the case of this video’s featured songwriter, Van Pierszalowski.
Van went through the cycle of band life with past haunt Port O’Brien. To cope with its disbanding, Van traveled to Oslo, Norway, and allowed inspiration to return organically. Amidst journeys around the states and then back to Norway, Van was ready to start a band again. This time he wrote songs himself before collaborating with musicians that would become his backing band, and with them sought to make music that was bigger and louder than what he could do as a solo artist. What resulted was a record about “getting out of a situation that seems endless, and realizing you’re not too old to make dramatic and sudden changes in your life.”
This band of fine Norwegian gentlemen (and occasional lady) stopped by the Presskit.to bus at SXSW to play “Mickey Mantle” for us. Listen in the player above and catch them while they’re out on tour in the first two weeks of May!