Sonny Pete

Sonny Pete

 San Francisco, California, USA
BandAmericanaFolk

The new project from San Francisco based Birdmonster (indie rock) frontman Peter Arcuni. On his debut record, Where the Shadows Pass, Pete has created his own brand of dark yet whimsical folk Americana full of atmospheric textures, pounding rhythms, and swirling layers of guitar, cello and organ.

Biography

Sonny Pete is the new project from San Francisco based Birdmonster (indie rock) frontman Peter Arcuni. Under this new moniker Pete has created his own brand of dark yet celebratory Americana full of atmospheric textures, pounding rhythms, and swirling layers of guitar, cello and organ. The debut album Where the Shadows Pass was first inspired by Japanese "death poems" written by Buddhist monks. With lyrics oscillating between the narrative and the surreal, the autobiographical and the imaginary, the album honors the spirit of the tradition that inspired it. The result is both meditative and thoroughly rousing. Pete produced the album with Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Langhorne Slim, David Wax Museum) in an old farmhouse in the woods of Maine, and has taken the show on the road playing west coast and select east coast dates both solo and with his backing band over the past 8 months. He has already opened for Sharon Van Etten, Josh Ritter, The White Buffalo, Adam Stephens (of 2 Gallants), and Joe Pug. The music draws influence from Jim O'Rourke, Beirut, Crooked Fingers, The Felice Brothers, Dylan, & Emmylou Harris to name a few, but oozes with an energy and personality that's all its own. Pete's existential lyrical themes balanced with arrangements and performances that are full of life makes Sonny Pete a richly textured and fully captivating listening (and watching) experience.

Press:
"Sonny Pete, who's consistently produced some of the century's most dynamic folk-rock, may well be the best name in indie you’ve never heard. An alum of the illustrious San Francisco-based band Birdmonster, Sonny Pete’s musical dimensions include Zeppelin-style guitar unravellings and poignantly candid piano and guitar duets that evoke Ray LaMontagne. Check out his new album, Where the Shadows Pass (Odes to Death & Transience), for some rich musings on this world and the next...With a sound this timeless, he’ll immediately be your go-to guy for days when you can leave your kitchen windows open." — Isabella Yeager for Unveiled Arts.

Lyrics

On That Day

Written By: Peter Arcuni

All is forgotten
The king has begotten
But he can’t even say his own name

All of the babies
They made deals with St. Hades
Their children will hang in the rain

He mumbles off course
And then drowns in the rocks
And oh what a solace so late

But on that day
They will be calling his name
They will be calling his name
They will be calling his…

All is forgotten
The king has begotten
He can’t even say his own name

All of the babies
They made deals with St. Hades
Their children will hang in the rain

The tracks have gone off
But the wheel hasn’t stopped
But it will relinquish its claim

All is forgiven
The kingdom is singing
And oh it’s so silent, but they will be calling his name

His name, his name
They will be calling his name
His name, his name
They will be calling his…

The festival horse
As a matter of course
Oh I hear they say he’s quite lame
All bets are closed
As she turns down a rose to her nose
And exclaims:

Oh what a trick
Oh no no he’s not sick
And when he crosses that gate

The jockey will lift
And he’ll be at full sprint
And ‘Oh what a sight’ they will say…they will be calling his name

His name, his name
They will be calling his name
His name, his name
Oh they will be calling his name
His name, his name
Oh they will be calling his name
His name, his name
They will be calling his…

Oh very well it seems
Oh but the jealousy
Makes you so mad and so strange

All of the women
They made eyes with Sicilians
They’re hanging their heads in shame

But I’ve had my vision
I’ve made my decision
I’m tilting my hat to the rain

And on that day
They will be calling my name

My name, my name
They will be calling my name
My name, my name
Oh they will be calling my name
My name, my name
Oh they will be calling my name
My name, my name
They will be calling my name
My name, my name
Oh they will be calling my name
My name, my name
They will be calling my name

Bleeding the Walls

Written By: Peter Arcuni

What once was the desert is now a mountain range
What once was our love is now just a dusty plain
What once was our skiff is drinking the azure in
What once was our youth is now just reptile skin

What doesn’t come up in the fall
I’m bleeding the walls

What once was the heavens is now just a pittering rain
What once was your belt is a lock on a busted chain
What once was the sun is now just a fiery sphere
What once your car is now just rusty steel

What doesn’t come up in the fall
I’m bleeding the walls
What doesn’t come up in the fall
I’m bleeding the walls

And we’ve been sitting around so long that we might disappear
We’ve been sitting around so long that we might gone from here

What once was our love is now but a shadowy wraith
What once was a star is now but a broken face
What once the taproot is all but drying out
What once was conviction is now just shrouded in doubt
What once was perfection has become a terrible bore
What once I could see with my eyes I ain’t seeing no more
What gold once I held in my hand it fell through the floor
What once felt so new feels like it has happened before
What once was our skiff is drinking the azure in
What once was our youth is now just reptile skin
What once was our chance is hopping the midnight train
What once was your hair is now just a dirty mane
The ones who were guilty now they’re final making their case
What once was our home is now just a view from space

And we’ve been sitting around so long that we might disappear
We’ve been sitting around so long that we might gone from here

What doesn’t come up in the fall
I’m bleeding the walls
I’m bleeding the walls
I’m bleeding the walls
The walls
The walls
The walls
The walls
The walls

Throw Your Bones

Written By: Peter Arcuni

Throw your bones into sea
You’ll be always holding me

Throw your map up to the stars
You’ll be coming after all

I’ve been down my friend
I’ll be down again
For now I tell myself keep gently breathing in

Throw your bones into sea
My skin is all that’s holding me

I’ve been down my friend
I’ll be down again
For now I tell myself keep gently breathing in
Keep breathing in
Keep breathing in

I’ve been down my friend
I will drown again
For now I tell myself keep gently breathing in
Keep breathing in
Keep breathing in
Keep breathing in
Keep breathing in
Keep breathing in

Throw your bones into the sea
You’ll be always holding me

Discography

"On that Day" single (digital and limited run CD) self-released in 2011 from the Sonny Pete Hat Co.
http://hatcompany.sonnypete.com/album/on-that-day

"Where the Shadows Pass (Odes to Death & Transience)" album (digital and limited run vinyl) self-released in 2011 from the Sonny Pete Hat Co.
http://hatcompany.sonnypete.com