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"News on Powerpop Academy"

Every Day is Picture Day
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- Powerpop Academy


"News on Powerpop Academy"

Every Day is Picture Day
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- Powerpop Academy


"Homespun: Every Day is Picture Day"

It's good to see Brian Wiegert leading a band again. He was at the center of the foursome Team Tomato, a band that made mostly solid records, gained some national attention and then went kaput. He was a binding force for the Red Headed Strangers, the country project of the Sullivan family, but with Picture Day, Wiegert is back slinging crunchy guitar chords and sharp lyrical darts. With this band, Wiegert is joined by his Team Tomato teammates Luis Actis on drums and Jordan Ross on guitar (Steve Sesti is on bass), so there's a temptation to look at Picture Day as a slight revamp of what came before. But where that band played genre hop-scotch a little too much for listeners to get a clear picture of a defined sound, Picture Day is relentlessly focused on the pop-song pleasure principle. The hooks on a song like "Immaterial" work well with Wiegert's high and clear vocals, and the loud/quiet/loud dynamic of post-Pixies indie rock are deployed with precision.

Wiegert professes a serious Guided By Voices jones, and while that streamlined, song-a-minute style is in the band's DNA, Picture Day prefers a high-sheen polish more reminiscent of Cheap Trick or Badfinger. The multitracked vocals push that immediate sense of harmony to the fore, and these songs are better for it. Lead single "Mandoline" gives a good taste of what's to come: Wiegert and Ross square off their guitars like duelists: One is rangy and resonant, the other is sustained and laser-focused like an arena rock solo. The country feedback "Long Division" gives the EP its shot of romantic tension, and its minor-key twanginess offers just the barest hint of Wiegert's rootsier affectations. That track smartly bleeds into the more modern-rock-indebted "Happens Daily," which rides punctuated guitar upticks and Actis' relentless cymbal work.

Every Day Is Picture Day is the band's second release (another five-song EP was released in the summer of 2011), but this disc effectively serves as an introduction to a band that has been flying under the radar and honing its style. The EP may be short on surprises — the Gospel of Power Pop allows for few revisions, after all — but these five songs are equally short on disappointments or missteps and long on muscular pop nuggets. - RIverfront Times


"Homespun: Every Day is Picture Day"

It's good to see Brian Wiegert leading a band again. He was at the center of the foursome Team Tomato, a band that made mostly solid records, gained some national attention and then went kaput. He was a binding force for the Red Headed Strangers, the country project of the Sullivan family, but with Picture Day, Wiegert is back slinging crunchy guitar chords and sharp lyrical darts. With this band, Wiegert is joined by his Team Tomato teammates Luis Actis on drums and Jordan Ross on guitar (Steve Sesti is on bass), so there's a temptation to look at Picture Day as a slight revamp of what came before. But where that band played genre hop-scotch a little too much for listeners to get a clear picture of a defined sound, Picture Day is relentlessly focused on the pop-song pleasure principle. The hooks on a song like "Immaterial" work well with Wiegert's high and clear vocals, and the loud/quiet/loud dynamic of post-Pixies indie rock are deployed with precision.

Wiegert professes a serious Guided By Voices jones, and while that streamlined, song-a-minute style is in the band's DNA, Picture Day prefers a high-sheen polish more reminiscent of Cheap Trick or Badfinger. The multitracked vocals push that immediate sense of harmony to the fore, and these songs are better for it. Lead single "Mandoline" gives a good taste of what's to come: Wiegert and Ross square off their guitars like duelists: One is rangy and resonant, the other is sustained and laser-focused like an arena rock solo. The country feedback "Long Division" gives the EP its shot of romantic tension, and its minor-key twanginess offers just the barest hint of Wiegert's rootsier affectations. That track smartly bleeds into the more modern-rock-indebted "Happens Daily," which rides punctuated guitar upticks and Actis' relentless cymbal work.

Every Day Is Picture Day is the band's second release (another five-song EP was released in the summer of 2011), but this disc effectively serves as an introduction to a band that has been flying under the radar and honing its style. The EP may be short on surprises — the Gospel of Power Pop allows for few revisions, after all — but these five songs are equally short on disappointments or missteps and long on muscular pop nuggets. - RIverfront Times


"Picture Day - Every Day is Picture Day"

It’s pretty rare for me to share a band’s Facebook pre-set category fill-ins. But here are some of Picture Day’s:

BAND INTERESTS:

Sports ball
Day jobs
Weekends
Musics
Good Peoples
Beer

ARTISTS WE ALSO LIKE:

Via Dove, Old Lights, Grace Basement, Beth Bombara, Sleepy Kitty, the Art Majors, Redheaded Strangers, Incurables, Old Capital Square Dance Club, Jon Hardy, the Blind Eyes, Nee, the Breaks, Tok, Tight Pants Syndrome, Flaming Death Trap, Painbyrds


Picture Day

Clearly, what we here is a St. Louis, Missouri-based quartet of wise asses (not to be confused with a Colorado band that’s apparently also named Picture Day). And they’ve come along at a fortuitous moment. Not only have I been looking for someone else who loves Tight Pants Syndrome as I do. I’ve also been longing for music that can communicate its love of great, classic rock by playing it really, really well. “Classic rock?” you say, raising a quizzical eyebrow; glancing at your browser to make sure you’re still reading Punk Globe.

Well, Picture Day revels in fat power chords (here and there, and quite notably on the slightly REM-ish “Long Division”). It ends a great opener, “Madoline” (which seems as serious about the woman in question as Groucho Marx was about courting Margaret Dumont – a fun-loving approach that results in such fresh lyrics as, “You can run to the part of the stage that you call your home”) with the Beatles’ classic shift to a ringing minor chord. These are included in my idea of classic rock. And more about “Madoline” – it’s a bracing exponent of power pop that makes me want the Nerves to get along, so they can tour with Picture Day in support.

“Immaterial” sounds more like the ‘80s-‘90s, kind of a stripped-down twist on hair bands and synth pop that steals the best elements from both; with a bit of Pavement and Crowded House squished in, to boot – very nice.

“One of Us” - while another powerful spitball in the face of hair metal - is, relative to the other stuff on this EP, fairly meh.

The closer, “Happens Daily,” is a pile of well-timed guitar spokes and drum blasts, with the vocals playing tag between the two before bursting out on the choruses with the force of Weezer, or… get ready: the Raspberries!.

From what I can tell, Picture Day is much too good to be stuck in St. Louis, partly ‘cause I’m not there (for all I know, that city’s far superior to San Diego). And this EP’ (the band’s second) – is good enough for me to be already looking forward to whatever it does next – which says a LOT.

And the foursome’s Facebook tomfoolery made me LOL. Tonight (without going into detail – you’re welcome), that’s a gift. - Punk Globe


"Picture Day - Every Day is Picture Day"

It’s pretty rare for me to share a band’s Facebook pre-set category fill-ins. But here are some of Picture Day’s:

BAND INTERESTS:

Sports ball
Day jobs
Weekends
Musics
Good Peoples
Beer

ARTISTS WE ALSO LIKE:

Via Dove, Old Lights, Grace Basement, Beth Bombara, Sleepy Kitty, the Art Majors, Redheaded Strangers, Incurables, Old Capital Square Dance Club, Jon Hardy, the Blind Eyes, Nee, the Breaks, Tok, Tight Pants Syndrome, Flaming Death Trap, Painbyrds


Picture Day

Clearly, what we here is a St. Louis, Missouri-based quartet of wise asses (not to be confused with a Colorado band that’s apparently also named Picture Day). And they’ve come along at a fortuitous moment. Not only have I been looking for someone else who loves Tight Pants Syndrome as I do. I’ve also been longing for music that can communicate its love of great, classic rock by playing it really, really well. “Classic rock?” you say, raising a quizzical eyebrow; glancing at your browser to make sure you’re still reading Punk Globe.

Well, Picture Day revels in fat power chords (here and there, and quite notably on the slightly REM-ish “Long Division”). It ends a great opener, “Madoline” (which seems as serious about the woman in question as Groucho Marx was about courting Margaret Dumont – a fun-loving approach that results in such fresh lyrics as, “You can run to the part of the stage that you call your home”) with the Beatles’ classic shift to a ringing minor chord. These are included in my idea of classic rock. And more about “Madoline” – it’s a bracing exponent of power pop that makes me want the Nerves to get along, so they can tour with Picture Day in support.

“Immaterial” sounds more like the ‘80s-‘90s, kind of a stripped-down twist on hair bands and synth pop that steals the best elements from both; with a bit of Pavement and Crowded House squished in, to boot – very nice.

“One of Us” - while another powerful spitball in the face of hair metal - is, relative to the other stuff on this EP, fairly meh.

The closer, “Happens Daily,” is a pile of well-timed guitar spokes and drum blasts, with the vocals playing tag between the two before bursting out on the choruses with the force of Weezer, or… get ready: the Raspberries!.

From what I can tell, Picture Day is much too good to be stuck in St. Louis, partly ‘cause I’m not there (for all I know, that city’s far superior to San Diego). And this EP’ (the band’s second) – is good enough for me to be already looking forward to whatever it does next – which says a LOT.

And the foursome’s Facebook tomfoolery made me LOL. Tonight (without going into detail – you’re welcome), that’s a gift. - Punk Globe


"REVIEW: Picture Day’s “Every Day Is Picture Day” (EP)"

If Daryl Hall were in a college rock band, his music may have very well sounded like what Picture Day present on their Every Day Is Picture Day EP.

This four piece make the kind of rock that sounds good and accessible, without it being demeaning. “Immaterial” sounds like the perfect pop hit, as if Owl City forgot to use Auto-Tune and said “let me make myself sound genuine for once”. Vocalist/guitarist Brian Wiegert has the kind of voice that will make listeners put faith in what he writes and how he says it, and the band know how to pull out fierce choruses as well, like some of Cheap Trick’s not-so-sensitive moments. Each of these songs could be big hits if put in the right hands, but what’s a hit in 2013? Picture Day may be on its way to becoming a hugely popular band if put on the path towards that status, and I feel they have much more than being status worthy. - This Is Book's Music


"REVIEW: Picture Day’s “Every Day Is Picture Day” (EP)"

If Daryl Hall were in a college rock band, his music may have very well sounded like what Picture Day present on their Every Day Is Picture Day EP.

This four piece make the kind of rock that sounds good and accessible, without it being demeaning. “Immaterial” sounds like the perfect pop hit, as if Owl City forgot to use Auto-Tune and said “let me make myself sound genuine for once”. Vocalist/guitarist Brian Wiegert has the kind of voice that will make listeners put faith in what he writes and how he says it, and the band know how to pull out fierce choruses as well, like some of Cheap Trick’s not-so-sensitive moments. Each of these songs could be big hits if put in the right hands, but what’s a hit in 2013? Picture Day may be on its way to becoming a hugely popular band if put on the path towards that status, and I feel they have much more than being status worthy. - This Is Book's Music


"Concert Review"

"The evening was nearing the end with only two bands left and you knew "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night" had to be coming up soon. Well, they were both found in the set by Picture Day, a late-ish addition when one of the bands was unable to make the show. The group nailed those two songs along with "Days" and "Powerman." That would have sufficed for the closing finale." - KDHX


"Concert Review"

"The evening was nearing the end with only two bands left and you knew "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night" had to be coming up soon. Well, they were both found in the set by Picture Day, a late-ish addition when one of the bands was unable to make the show. The group nailed those two songs along with "Days" and "Powerman." That would have sufficed for the closing finale." - KDHX


"EP Review"

‘Every Day Is Picture Day’

Picture Day (self-released)
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Rising from the ashes of unknown outfit
Team Tomato, St. Louis-based rockers
Picture Day are starting to generate some
national buzz with the release of sophomore
EP “Every Day Is Picture Day.” The radio-
ready tunes that make up the five-track
release are anchored by the vocals of front-
man Brian Weigert. After a so-so start to the
album with “Madoline,” Picture Day snap
into focus with standouts “Immaterial,”
“Long Division” and “Happens Daily.” Kudos
to Jordan Ross, who augments Weigert’s
vocals with some killer guitar riffs. This is a
band on the rise. - Daily News - Pittsburgh


"EP Review"

‘Every Day Is Picture Day’

Picture Day (self-released)
???½
Rising from the ashes of unknown outfit
Team Tomato, St. Louis-based rockers
Picture Day are starting to generate some
national buzz with the release of sophomore
EP “Every Day Is Picture Day.” The radio-
ready tunes that make up the five-track
release are anchored by the vocals of front-
man Brian Weigert. After a so-so start to the
album with “Madoline,” Picture Day snap
into focus with standouts “Immaterial,”
“Long Division” and “Happens Daily.” Kudos
to Jordan Ross, who augments Weigert’s
vocals with some killer guitar riffs. This is a
band on the rise. - Daily News - Pittsburgh


"Track Premiere: Picture Day "One of Us""

St. Louis-based indie rock band Picture Day rose from the ashes of local rock favorites Tomato Team and are continuing to pay homage to artists like Robert Pollard and Roger Daltry. Principal songwriter and band leader Brian Wiegert has also released three hip-hop records with fellow Picture Day member Jordan Ross under the moniker MLD, and the full band often participates in Ween tribute nights in their hometown. The band has just self-released its latest collection of indie rock tunes on their Every Day Is Picture Day EP. The band’s latest single “One of Us” from their recent EP is definitely heavier and more riff-oriented than many of the other tracks on the record, which tend to hew closer to their own well-established Guided By Voices/mid-era David Bowie aesthetic. According to Wiegert, “”One of Us” was inspired by the desire to play something with an honest-to-God riff. We’re not often a heavy band, but it’s definitely part of our musical DNA.” He even goes on to mention that the inspiration for this stylistic detour was inspired by the sheer insanity of band favorites and genre-hoppers Ween. With crunching guitar riffs, pounding percussion, and an immediate sense of forward momentum, “One of Us” never seems to stand still for any appreciable amount of time and barrels ahead longing for some deserted highway in desperate need of some well-placed skid marks.

Beats Per Minute is pleased to premiere the latest track “One of Us” from Picture Day’s recently released EP. - Beats per Minute


"Track Premiere: Picture Day "One of Us""

St. Louis-based indie rock band Picture Day rose from the ashes of local rock favorites Tomato Team and are continuing to pay homage to artists like Robert Pollard and Roger Daltry. Principal songwriter and band leader Brian Wiegert has also released three hip-hop records with fellow Picture Day member Jordan Ross under the moniker MLD, and the full band often participates in Ween tribute nights in their hometown. The band has just self-released its latest collection of indie rock tunes on their Every Day Is Picture Day EP. The band’s latest single “One of Us” from their recent EP is definitely heavier and more riff-oriented than many of the other tracks on the record, which tend to hew closer to their own well-established Guided By Voices/mid-era David Bowie aesthetic. According to Wiegert, “”One of Us” was inspired by the desire to play something with an honest-to-God riff. We’re not often a heavy band, but it’s definitely part of our musical DNA.” He even goes on to mention that the inspiration for this stylistic detour was inspired by the sheer insanity of band favorites and genre-hoppers Ween. With crunching guitar riffs, pounding percussion, and an immediate sense of forward momentum, “One of Us” never seems to stand still for any appreciable amount of time and barrels ahead longing for some deserted highway in desperate need of some well-placed skid marks.

Beats Per Minute is pleased to premiere the latest track “One of Us” from Picture Day’s recently released EP. - Beats per Minute


"Track Premiere: Picture Day "One of Us""

St. Louis-based band Picture Day is comprised of Brian Weigert on lead vocal and guitar, Jordan Ross on lead guitar, Luis Actis on drums, and Steve Sesti on bass. Picture Day’s latest EP “Every Day Is Picture Day” is scheduled for national release through digital outlets today, April 16th, 2013. To celebrate the release, Groove Loves Melody is premiering the track, “One Of Us”, from the new EP. - groove loves melody


"Track Premiere: Picture Day "One of Us""

St. Louis-based band Picture Day is comprised of Brian Weigert on lead vocal and guitar, Jordan Ross on lead guitar, Luis Actis on drums, and Steve Sesti on bass. Picture Day’s latest EP “Every Day Is Picture Day” is scheduled for national release through digital outlets today, April 16th, 2013. To celebrate the release, Groove Loves Melody is premiering the track, “One Of Us”, from the new EP. - groove loves melody


"Off Broadway's Ween tribute takes concertgoers to 'Chocolate Town' to bask in the glory of Boognish, Friday, August 3"

"Ween dealt fans a collective blow when, on May 29 2012, they announced their retirement to allow Aaron Freeman (Gene) to pursue his solo career. Off Broadway's "Taste the Waste: A Tribute to Ween" show -- featuring St. Louis artists the Feed, Dock Ellis, Cree Rider Family Band, Picture Day, Fattback, False Moves and Sean Allen Canan -- was an immediate and very welcome effect of the news. Simply, the show rocked.
Picture Day's "Stay Forever" found the song's creep-stalker vibe intact. "Happy Colored Marbles" made me trippy with fuzzed psychedelic leanings. Unlike the recorded version, the song slipped into a delirious jam that conjured Hendrix.
"Awesome Sound" was greeted by the audience shouting, "Mah!" and "Fuck!" like a house of wild ducks. "Dr. Rock" was campy and speed driven with distorted guitar and the shouted chorus, "Dr. Rock!" "Freedom of '76's" vocals were perfectly emulated and the wet-jazz guitar effect tightly dialed. The entire presentation proved to be a major highlight of the night." - KDHX.ORG


"Off Broadway's Ween tribute takes concertgoers to 'Chocolate Town' to bask in the glory of Boognish, Friday, August 3"

"Ween dealt fans a collective blow when, on May 29 2012, they announced their retirement to allow Aaron Freeman (Gene) to pursue his solo career. Off Broadway's "Taste the Waste: A Tribute to Ween" show -- featuring St. Louis artists the Feed, Dock Ellis, Cree Rider Family Band, Picture Day, Fattback, False Moves and Sean Allen Canan -- was an immediate and very welcome effect of the news. Simply, the show rocked.
Picture Day's "Stay Forever" found the song's creep-stalker vibe intact. "Happy Colored Marbles" made me trippy with fuzzed psychedelic leanings. Unlike the recorded version, the song slipped into a delirious jam that conjured Hendrix.
"Awesome Sound" was greeted by the audience shouting, "Mah!" and "Fuck!" like a house of wild ducks. "Dr. Rock" was campy and speed driven with distorted guitar and the shouted chorus, "Dr. Rock!" "Freedom of '76's" vocals were perfectly emulated and the wet-jazz guitar effect tightly dialed. The entire presentation proved to be a major highlight of the night." - KDHX.ORG


Discography

EP - Picture Day at the Crowded Wheel, 2011
EP - Every Day is Picture Day, 2013

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Bio

Picture Day is a pop-rock band from St. Louis, MO, who recently released their 2nd EP, recorded and mixed at one of St. Louis' premier recording facilities, Sawhorse Studios. The new EP builds on the songcraft of "Crowded Wheel" and takes it to another level of musical excellence.

Luis Actis is the virtuoso behind the drumkit; he studied obscure rhythms at Mizzou, and currently helps coach his junior high students’ drumline. They are the best in the region, naturally.

Jordan Ross is now contributing rhythm and lead guitars, as well as backing vocals. Jordan’s mastery of the 6-string is undeniable, allowing for both more complex guitar arrangements and a more straight ahead approach – the arsenal is vast.

Steve Sesti is on bass duty – it’s his job to lock in with Luis, and they’ve done so with aplomb, producing a sound that manages to be nuanced and ferocious at the same time.

Brian W. provides lead vocals for the group, as well as the occasional "guitar solo". He also serves as principal songwriter, presenting the rest of the band with an ongoing series of song sketches and ideas, upon which they get put through the grist mill that is band practice, in order to become actual songs (or forgotten demos).

Picture Day songs are not all alike by any stretch, but they share a sense of urgency, of engagement – of recaptured energy. Think Pearl Jam’s Backspacer, with some middle-era Bowie thrown in, and maybe even a touch of the Queens of the Stone Age.