Friday April 20th: Pregnant, Nick Sinetos, and Burbank International!
Placerville-based musician Daniel Trudeau (AKA Pregnant) has performed at Bows a few times now, and he’s been awesome every time. Though he usually performs alone or with one other person, you wouldn’t believe it to hear his music–he jumps from instrument to instrument and is constantly fiddling with his switchboard (see photo). It’s really a fascinating thing to see.
Pregnant’s sound is a unique blend of Daniel’s own vocals and instrumentals mixed with electronic glitches and looping. Daniel has been performing as Pregnant for about 6 years, and admits his sound has changed a bit over time. ”[My music] is getting more pop for sure,” he said. “I’m not sure if im comfortable with that but you cant stop the way things progress sometimes…I’m happy with it for now.” Pregnant will be coming out with a new record in September on Mush Records.
Nick Sinetos is from Sacramento, and has been involved with various bands on and off for about 10 years. Most recently, he’s played with Anderson Congress and ALAK. Now, he’s performing solo for us at Bows! “I like playing in bands,” said Nick, “but I have been happy with solo performing lately.” As a solo artist, Nick said his music incorporates “elements of classical, folk, and rock,” and always features acoustic guitar and vocals. “My influences change rapidly,” he said, “but Neil Young and John Frusciante seem to always be at the top of the list.”
Nick is good friends with Daniel and also HA Eugene from Burbank International (who was his bandmate in Anderson Congress). “They are both amazing musicians and I am really excited to play this show with them,” he said.
Burbank International is the solo project of H.A. Eugene, and it’s been around for a while–since the early 2000′s. Eugene has definitely noticed a change in his style and musical approach since then. “Songs took on a creakier tone as I eventually adopted a production aesthetic more akin to the electronic/industrial artists and producers I was exposed to over the years…Noise…So as I started to walk through those ideas, it became less and less probable that the arrangements of future songs would come out as frequency-friendly pop music, but that’s fine. It’s not the end of the world…(On second thought, maybe the best answer is ‘I don’t know’!)”
Eugene has been involved in numerous projects over the years, and still is. The main difference between his projects, he said, has to do with the fact that Burbank International is a solo endeavor. “Other bands and groups I’ve been in over the years have had a social component…Kind of like a sports club, or like a happy, drunk gang. So when we went to play somewhere, it was like going over there with your friends to play some music, or going to a game. It was fun like that,” he said. “Burbank International, on the other hand, has proven profoundly anti-social. It’s quite inwardly pointed by nature, as it’s basically a diary project with no terminal point, which made it fulfilling, but profoundly un-fun in a lot of ways.”
This will be a particularly special show for Eugene, because it’s the first time he’s played since his girlfriend was terribly injured in a motorcycle accident while crossing the street. She was incapacitated for months while the motorcyclist didn’t even get a ticket. Given the personal nature of Eugene’s music’s subject matter, this kind of trauma is important to mention. “The accident was like a wake up call, but I still don’t know what I’m waking up from, and what, specifically, I’ve actually learned from it,” he said. “We’re certainly more resilient now, but I’m afraid I’ve only learned bad things. I know that I don’t look at anything the same anymore, and definitely don’t see music the same way. It seemed weird and foreign, though playing acoustically, is, strangely, more personal-feeling than it’s ever felt. A much higher level of emotional engagement. It feels good. Maybe it’s because of the intimate nature of acoustic shows that this is the case.”
Show starts at 8
$5 Door Charge