Piercing Music

Piercing Music


Piercing Music encompasses several projects which are all spearheaded by the songwriting of Derek Porter. Groups like Little Sisters and The Big Ship perform as a part of the collective. The music is a distinct vision which is spread across multiple groups. They come together live as Piercing Music.


I'm Derek Porter and I'm the best case for music as a genetic phenomenon. My dad can play the piano like Richard Manuel prior to his three-bottles-of-Crown-Royal-a-day lifestyle. His heart and his soul are tied up in his fingers when they touch the keys. It's something I've always noticed. It's something I knew I could do too. Rather, it's something I can't help but do, thanks to him. I don't know if that's a blessing or a curse sometimes, but here I am, regardless.

It seems that the same energy that consumes my father when he's at the piano compels me to write song after song. I organize the songs as they demand to be organized. They call for their own niche, so that's what I give them. Some are meant for me to sing. Some are meant for my sister, Erika. Some for my good friend, Chloe. Some for my old friend, Mike. Others are for people I haven't even met yet, but the songs know how to find the right voice. The only solution to these stubborn bastards is to allow them some proper breathing room. They can't be contained by one project and have begun to seep into multiple bands. My status as their author brings all these projects or bands together to form a collective, Piercing Music, the name my father has published his music under for over 30 years and the name I adopted because it only made too much sense. I assume his original meaning is quite transparent, while mine is wrapped up in some genetic debt I can't even begin to define.


Little Sisters - We Don't Understand - from the upcoming album

Written By: Derek Porter

Shoot me now just shoot me now that I'm a success
No, I don't need nothing more
I'd just give it away
And gimme gimme gimme gimme all of your sex
No, I don't need nothing more
I could die die die die die like this

If you'd just make me make me make me make me make me your slave
You know I'd do anything
Before I'd give you away
You could break break break my skin
Oh, you could do anything
If you'd just do it do it do it do it do it again

You could hold on to my heart
Who could keep our beats apart
If you hold on to my heart?

Mary Joseph Jesus Christ and all of the rest
Oh boy, you tickle me pink
You kiss your mother with that?
Let's go out out out, let's spend that money honey
Get us out the door before we churn churn churn churn churn each other's butter

But we can't can't can't 'cause we don't understand
I can't churn your butter when we just don't understand each other
We can't can't can't 'cause we don't understand

Derek Porter - I Forgot - from the upcoming album "Strangers, Vol. 1"

Written By: Derek Porter

May your memory bless you
May you remain in light
May your memory keep you
Out of my dreams tonight

May you rest in ruin
Before the bleeding starts
May I rest there too if
I forget where it is that you are
But if I remember where to start

Tap my toes, the tempo
In this disco of mine
It moves so slow, I tap my toes
I forget that I'm doing fine
And I make up for lost time

I felt you in the daytime
I felt you in the dark
How to let go I did not know
While you held down my heart
Now I remember where to start

Oh my god
I forgot


The first release by Piercing Music was an LP by A Toothless Life called "The Ways I'm Going Blind" released Christmas, 2006. A full-length by Derek Porter, "Love Songs," was released on Valentine's Day of 2008. An instrumental album, "Heaven's Hill," was released by Derek in June of 2009. An accompanying animated film is in the beginning stages of production. In the near future, albums by Little Sisters, The Big Ship and Derek Porter will be released.

You can download the current Piercing Music catalogue on Jamendo - http://www.jamendo.com/en/user/piercing.music

Set List

Typical sets run for half an hour to 45 minutes and contain songs across the Piercing Music catalogue. Expect a lot of variety and energy as multiple vocalists are showcased.