Over two albums and the past five years, Wiretree has grown from the solo project of Kevin Peroni into one of the emerging acolytes of power-pop in Austin. Behind Peroni’s ranging and easy tenor, the quartet brings touches of the Pernice Brothers and New Pornographers, with a twinge of pedal steel twang and shades of both classic Eighties and contemporary indie pop. It’s a melding of influences and sounds that seems to finally come together in Wiretree’s latest effort, the band’s third LP tentatively titled Make Up, and currently being recorded at Hot Tracks! for a release later this year. You can check out some their new material in their recent ACL Satellite Set, or catch them this Saturday, February 26, at the Hole in the Wall with Digital Antique and The Lennings.
2005 (solo) 2007 (group)
Kevin Peroni: Guitar, keys
Joshua Kaplan: Guitar
Rachel Peroni: Bass
Daniel Blanchard: Drums
Guest pedal steel player: Charlie Murphy
Former Bands/Side Projects:
Dan played with “Let’s go Sailing” out of California
2007 - Bouldin (LP)
2009 - Luck (LP)
2011 - Make Up (LP)
Bob Dylan, The La’s, Elliott Smith, ELO, Brendan Benson
Strangest comment or comparison ever made about your music:
Well, not too many strange comparisons, however the name of the band is sometimes mixed up. We’ve been called Wir’tree, Winetree or as some drunk lady at the Pecan St. Festival yelled “go Wire Truth!”
Favorite local bands:
San Saba County, Brazos, Grand Champeen, Leatherbag
Favorite local venue:
Stubb’s, The Ghost Room, Mohawk
Upcoming shows scheduled:
2/26 - Hole in the Wall
3/15 - 8pm Frog Licensing Showcase at the Ghost Room
3/17 - 3pm SXSW Day Show at the Beast House (Camel), 600 E. 6th Street 2nd floor
3/18 - 7pm SXSW Day Show at Skinny’s Ballroom, 115 San Jacinto Blvd
3/19 - SXSW Day Show at Romeos, Barton Springs Rd (time tba)
Up-to-date shows at wiretreemusic.com
Shows over the next month that you’re excited to see:
We’re trying to get a gig together with Buttercup in San Antonio when our schedules mesh, always like seeing them play. Would like to see Band of Horses if we didn’t have to pay for the Kings of Leon part.
Some of your favorite albums from the past year:
Superchunk - Majesty Shredding, Broken Bells - self titled, Nada Surf - If I had Hi-Fi (mostly for the Bill Fox Electrocution cover), Band of Horses - Infinite Arms,
Ideal band (past or present) to open for on a national tour:
Wilco, Brendan Benson, Nada Surf, Band of Horses
Austin Sound questions:
Y’all recently played one of the KLRU Satellite Sets in the old ACL studios. What were some of the highlights of that experience for you?
Amazing. To think we were on a stage were Ray Charles and Roy Orbison once played was very humbling. The crew had their craft down, from lighting, to monitor production, to camera crew, etc. Playing the first couple songs felt a little awkward with cameras rolling around, however, having such a great turnout with the audience made the adrenaline flow. Looking back at some of the recordings, we’re amazed at how well they sound. In the Satellite Sets taping, you’ll hear three new songs of ours off the upcoming album: The Shore, Broken Foot and Josephine.
We hear y’all are working on a new album - what can you tell us about it, especially in relation to the past albums?
On previous albums, Kevin recorded most of the music himself and had members come in and punch-in their respective parts. On the new album (tentatively called Make Up), the band is mainly recording live onto tape with a few vocal overdubs and layering of guitars resulting in our most raw, straight forward album to date.
“Big Coat” off the album Bouldin (2007). The first song off the album, the reason for starting the project. “Back in Town” off the album Luck (2009).
Our favorite movie quotes:
Blanchard: “A man has to be what he is, Joey. You can’t break the mold. I tried it and it didn’t work for me.” - Shane (1953)
K.Peroni: “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father prepare to die.” The Princess Bride and “Where are the detonators, Mr. Cowboy?” - Diehard
Kaplan: “Patrick Bateman : I have to return some videotapes.” - American Psyco
R. Peroni: “I know what you’re thinking. ‘Did he fire six shots or only five?’ Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?” - Dirty Harry