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The Pee Wee Fist [bio]

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Pete Fitzpatrick: vocals, guitar, banjo, euphonium, ad infinistrumentum
Anna Johansson: bass
Michael McLaughlin: accordian
Moses Carr: guitar
Andrew Plaisted: drums
Jon Bernhardt: theremin

The Pee Wee Fist name (three foot high ninjas, anyone?) has been "kicking" around since about 1995, utilized by its creator Pete Fitzpatrick whether he was playing solo or corralling numerous others to learn the songs ad hoc for various gigs. Eventually the same musicians kept showing up at these shows, becoming the current band line-up of six. Cassettes documenting their lo-fi "studio" efforts followed, capped off by Breathing Apparatus, a 15-song CD-R released on the occasion of the official band's 3rd anniversary. Eight of these titles would end up on their Kimchee Records debut Flying, accompanied by four more newly recorded.

Listening to Flying, one encounters a textural rainbow of sound endowed with enigmatic and whimsical imagery. The mood changes with every song. Some convey a sadder, simpler acoustic aesthetic, others rollick or sway with multi-instrumental fervor. Through it all is the element of surprise, as Fitzpatrick and company expertly steer us around indie rock cliche while employing some of the genre's formal styles (i.e. alt-country, Weezer-esque pop, classic and post-rock, etc) to achieve something remarkably singular.


Flying (2001 Kimchee Records)

Guess Who This Is: A Tribute to Dom Leone compilation (2001)

Breathing Apparatus (2000 self-released)

Members can also be found in

Naftule's Dream, Clem Snide, Green 4 (with Mary Timony), The Lothars

Critics compare them to

Neutral Milk Hotel, Neil Young, Giant Sand, Sebadoh



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