Ford Pier/Ford Pier Vengeance Trio

Ford Pier/Ford Pier Vengeance Trio

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Post-hardcore soul from a countified neo-classical mummer. The kind of pop you hear before knee surgery?

Biography

Ford: v.t. to cross by wading (Webster)
Pier: n. a disappointed bridge (Joyce)

Having cut his teeth playing a variety of intruments in a host of bands in a panoply of styles throughout his youth, Ford Pier set his hand in earnest to writing and performing his own songs in the mid-1990's. His stated objective was to effectively cage Black Flag and Richard Wagner in a pop song, but kept on thwarting his own design with a melodicism he was powerless to escape, and a deft lyricism which drew attention to itself. In a good way.
His '95 debut release on NoMeansNo's Wrong Records, Meconium, was a 14-song mosaic of raging post-punk, true-blue country, folk balladry, and avant-garde soul of which The Vancouver Sun's Katherine Monk was moved to write, "If one indie release could speak for the West Coast, this is the one."
Former bandmate Joey Shithead of D.O.A. released the sophomore offering, 12-Step Plan, 11-Step Pier, in 1999 on his Sudden Death label. The record's denser, almost symphonic character was a nod to the amount of chamber music Pier had been composing, and the neo-classical-inflected orchestrations he had been doing for Vancouver songwriter Veda Hille, with whom he toured Europe and North America extensively.
The touring rhythm section he had built up around himself at this time formed the basis for a deliberately scaled-down thirteen-song collection released gratis on his website in 2000. Entitled Besides, it acted as a clearing-house for some of Pier's more straightforward genre-identifiable songs, and commenced the bow-drawing process for the next full album.
That record was entitled Pier-ic Victory, and was released in 2004 by Six Shooter Records. Working for two years on and off with producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda, Ford issued his strongest statement yet of true pan-disciplinary pop fusion, playing up formerly latent groove-oriented elements in the music to compliment the expanded orchestral colours and more extreme noise elements. It was enthusiastically received by press and public alike, and led to more touring throughout Canada and Europe, sharing the stage with the likes of The Organ, The Weakerthans, NoMeansNo, Chris Brown and Kate Fenner, The Constantines, Sarah Harmer, and, by special invitation, the reformed Alice Donut in New York City.
He also found time to move to Toronto, participate in a concert of his own music for wind ensemble with the Hard Rubber Orchestra, appear on records by Buttless Chaps, Great Aunt Ida, and Martin Tielli, perform regularly as a guest with The Sadies, The Rheostatics, Carolyn Mark and others, and preside over the wedding nuptials of two friends. He also bought not one, but two beds, and destroyed the first car he ever owned.
Summer of 2007 saw the release of the EP Organ Farming, available exclusively in download and 12" vinyl formats. Having resettled in Vancouver, B.C. Ford is now gearing up to spring the album Adventurism on an eager and impatient public. Recorded in Toronto with drummer Don Kerr during the same sessions as the EP, Adventurism's thirteen songs display a leaner, meaner approach, incorporating harsher sounds and more strident melodies. This is what Schoenberg wrote of as "freeing the dissonance."
Adventurism is set for release on the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Lyrics

Farmer Prince

Written By: Ford Pier

The stinking plan won't pay for the surgery
The care that is due to me is being denied
The broker lied - possibly I didn't understand
And the line that all of this is new to me won't stick
That's what you get for getting sick

Out in the field, I knelt and prayed
Felt undervalued, felt betrayed
Brother, let's call a spade a spade
Farmer Prince is sore
sore afraid

They changed my brand
It smells totally different, they cancelled the
old offer, and the graphics suck
Just my luck - it won't fit in the cabinet
and probably it costs a little more
Or it costs a bit less?
I haven't been buying it since, I must confess
I'm too depressed
I resist change, that way
there's no development you can arrest

Rest and plenty: every gift that life could give
the vagabond, the fugitive, who hated the herd,
Hated the herder
Built the first city and committed the first murder

That guilt is a luxury, too:
To have time to think about all that you do
and the whole of which you're a part,
To praise in song and reshape through art
into something brand new
That's what you get for being smart

Organs and harps and iron and brass
Critical faculties, critical mass
The certainty that this, too, will pass
Farmer Prince will raise his glass
Farmer Prince will raise

Discography

Adventurism - Released July 20, 2009

Organ Farming - Released June 2007, Six Shooter Records, Saved By Vinyl

Pier-ic Victory - Released May 2004, Six Shooter Records.

Besides - Released online, Sept. 2000

12-Step Plan, 11-Step Pier - Released 1999, Sudden Death Records.

Meconium - Released 1995, Wrong Records.