Hailed as "a Southern Gothic rock band from Nashville," and "the thinking man's punk band," PUJOL
comes to Ole Shakey's on Saturday night (6/4) courtesy of Free Range Asheville
, which has been bringing some incredible acts to town. The show costs $5 and will open with a discussion between Daniel Pujol and Free Range Asheville. Asheville Grit is giving away two pairs of tickets
to the show. Winners will also receive a download of two PUJOL's from his latest album, Kisses
: "Sleepy Doni" and "Funky Magus."
PUJOL is poet and musician Daniel Pujol and his band, who play remarkable music steeped in sensibilities of punk and garage rock with a heady dose of lyricism
. Reading the lyrics reveals layers of meanings, often with a cynicism on the surface that opens into a deeper level of self-aware vulnerability. Kisses
combines songs and spoken word in a deeply satisfying, cerebral, and unapologetic expression of intellectual energy and beach-rock bounce.
I talked with Daniel Pujol about the band, the album, and the upcoming show.
Asheville Grit (AG):
How do your roles as poet and musician
come together? How do you decide what becomes a song and what is spoken word? You also mix the two on some tracks. Do you perform straight spoken word at shows?
They're probably one and the same. I'm primarily a writer with an interest in using music as a medium. Deciding what becomes a song and what becomes a poem just boils down to how it wants to develop
. It will usually be obvious after working on something for a while. Yes, I have combined them on record. Right now, they are separate segments in the show, but I'm using the summer to try to allow them a more fluid relationship during performances.
How does your composition process work? Do the words come first, or do elements of the song come first?
My method is working with both of those options simultaneously
and deciding where to put what.
Any interesting challenges or unexpected surprises when you were putting out your last record?
record did way better on college radio
than I had anticipated. It was a very pleasant surprise. People were playing the poems as well as the music. That was exciting!
You've been classified as Southern gothic, "the thinking man's punk rock," etc etc. What aesthetics are you influenced by (or which do you like to tap into/update/etc)?
It always changes. There are some basic rhythm and harmonic ideas I'm interested in. As well as some narrative
topics. I try to insert those into familiar musical traditions and familiar vocabularies and just see what happens.
What can people expect from Saturday's performance @ Ole Shakey's?
Aural and visual stimulation
Things start at 7 pm. We'll see you down by the river. And to enter the giveaway, be sure to share this post on Facebook! The contest runs until midnight Friday.