Even In Blackouts

Even In Blackouts

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An acoustic punk band influenced by many genres including swing, hillbilly, theater musicals, and punk rock. The band is built to play completely acoustic in small venues or living rooms, and electric at large venues with big drums and marshal amps. Members from Screeching Weasel and the Queers

Biography

Even in Blackouts have carved a following based not on their own considerable lineage, but instead through a dynamic and highly stylized form of acoustic pop; though they have a wonderful form of credibility in their founder and guitarist, John "Jughead" Pierson. For those of you who are unfamiliar with his work, John's storied career in music began as the lead guitarist for the seminal third-wave punk band: Screeching Weasel. John describes Even in Blackouts as, "A vehicle I started to bridge the gap between the work I did in Screeching Weasel and the acoustic music I listened to growing up." Few outside the punk scene could understand the level of John's ethos. It would have been easy to imagine the band piggy-backing on the success of his former group: selling out performances with a core following of die hard Screeching Weasel fans clamoring at the stage. Strangely, Even in Blackouts have found that their following draws less from their guitarist's reputation and more from their stellar musical performances. This attention has attracted the most unique audience: punk rockers, indie fans, college kids and well worn professionals all hanging out, having fun and listening to music. The punk scene holds a vigil over its music, protecting it with the reckless fervor of a jealous lover. In the punk scene credibility everything; those who compromise the ideals of this niche are doomed to hell. The scene turns its back on bands that compromise their sound for increased marketability and fame. This fact is legend and with good reason, but Even in Blackouts have taken to proselytizing the masses by simply playing the music they love. They refuse to be pigeonholed into one narrow genre--the result has been an ability to charm audiences with their unique female fronted, hard strumming acoustic style that blends the attitude of punk and the song writing influences of pop legends such as Carol King, Neil Diamond, and Smokey Robinson. Even in Blackouts sound is strange and familiar, a simulacrum of acoustic pop music that is flushed out with grace and spirit. Even in Blackouts are notoriously hard to define?you will hear their influences, marvel at their attitude and stage presence?but strangely they are carving out their own place in the musical world. Founded in 2001, the band was a new outlet for John Pierson who has spent his life formulating exciting artistic challenges as both a musician and playwright. John describes the development of Even in Blackouts as one of these creative challenges, "The band wasn?t just going to be a band that....put songs together to have fun, although I wouldn't say that isn?t important to me. It is very important, but my idea of fun incorporates writing material that explores the darker corners of my brain: the parts that need to be worked out or expressed so that I can learn something." In this learning process, John found a confidante in lead singer Liz Eldredge, who has grown to embody the song writing style of the group. "Liz and I have gone through much in the last four years. She has become more and more a crucial part to my writing a song. I have been forced to learn more....in order to satisfy her abilities as a singer. I have had to create songs that are personal but that could be transferred to how she feels too. I have had to write songs out of my own range so that she could be challenged." The both John and Liz have found comfort in these new challenges. "One of the reasons I chose acoustic was I thought it would be a near impossible task to create an energetic band that did not rely [solely] on electricity [thus the name Even in Blackouts]. Even though I think I have failed in this attempt, I feel we have found a band that doesn't try to rely on the skills they already have. [Frankly] I don't feel fulfilled with a song unless I have learned some new [aspect of music]." John defends his methodical approach to the process of creating music, and is particularly fervent about creating new and expansive music. "I don't want to just be a cookie cutter pop punk band....it seems more and more that is what many pop punk fans are looking for, and gauge the validity of a song on these very narrow requirements. I have never been interested in that approach. I want audiences to have to find this band, and find elements....that calls to them [whether it is punk, pop, rock etc.] perhaps it will make them feel that they have discovered something personal." In 2002, Even in Blackouts self-released Myths and Imaginary Magicians. The album sold so well that it attracted the notice of the Berkeley, California label Lookout! Records (Green Day, Screeching Weasel, and the Queers). The following year, Lookout! re-released Myths and Imaginary Magicians to an international market. Even in Blackouts worked relentlessly on touring, gaining an ever growing fan-base through a grass roots approach to promotion. By mid 2003 audiences were clamoring for a follow up to their debut album. In an effort to

Discography

Myths & Imaginary Magicians (full length)
Four Shadows on The Wall (CDEP)
Zeitgeist's Echo (full length)
Fall Of The House Of Even (full length)

Set List

Our sets are anywhere from 4 and a half minutes to two hours. In Spain the audience forced us to play till 5 in the morning... so after that we can really play for as long or as short as fitting the mood

typical set list:

Missing Manifesto
One Fine Day
If Leaving Were To Be So Easy
Little Piece Of Heaven
Love Cynical Style
Only You
If...
Summer Comes
Umbrella
Take All My Cares Away
Skeleton Dance
Sassafrass Hoyden
Fall Of The House Of Even
Dear Resonance
Hey Suburbia
I Can See Clearly Now
1,000 Stories
Darkest Days
An Adolescent Dream
The Writer
Gone
Knowledge
The Shadowed Light of Loves Cacophany