Pickwick Abandons Folk for Gritty R&B
Recording in the living room to half-inch tape on an eight-track console, Pickwick used the unconventional setting and setup to refine the band's unique sound.
"We really started recording in April 2012, and we made the final decision to record at home and do it on our own equipment and in our own living room because we wanted the freedom and the flexibility to try things out," Disston says.
"Hacienda Motel," the first song Pickwick wrote collaboratively, was a distinct new step for the band and the song that broke the band to KEXP's wide audience. Later, songs like "Halls of Columbia," "Santa Rosa," and "Brother Roland" came when the band felt more comfortable in its own skin.
The first single from Can't Talk Medicine is "Lady Luck," a Richard Swift cover the band recorded with Sharon Van Etten.
"We were just thinking it would be a B-side and just an extra song we'd have in the bag, just because we all love Richard Swift," Disston says. "We were all surprised and impressed by how she made the song her own and added a new element to the song none of us could have predicted."
Among the hottest bands in the Northwest (Is 2013 the Year of Pickwick? asks a headline in the Seattle Weekly), Pickwick is embarking on its first major national tour, working out new songs on stage and letting the Can't Talk Medicine songs evolve as well.
"That's along the same lines of wanting to always grow and challenge ourselves and expand and reach for things beyond where we are now," Kruckenberg says. "It keeps it interesting for us and for listeners. Things will always keep changing and evolving."
Pickwick is scheduled to perform Sunday, March 10, at Crescent Ballroom.