Peter Martin is from my hometown of Winnetka, Illinois, and I’m pretty sure we used to play on the same basketball team or something way back in the day. Now, he spends his time in NOLA, one of the greatest music hubs in the nation. He’s been into music for years, and I’ve stayed somewhat updated over Facebook. Every now and then he’ll have a new band or a new project, and they’ve all been pretty solid. One of his old bands toured on a Red Bull tour, but I haven’t appreciated any of his music as much as I do his newest project, 90 Pounds of Pete. His lyric “look at him now/ He’s really got it going on this time” was roughly the same thought process I had when I heard his new music.
After spending years playing and touring with various indie rock bands, Pete says he has “refocused his attention on creating a series of electro-pop party anthems.” The origins of the EP he is now set to release began in Spring 2012, when Peter joined forces with engineer and co-producer Adam Stewart to turn songs conceived on an acoustic guitar into full-blown electronic productions. Since then, the two have spent countless hours locked inside their makeshift bedroom studio using Peter’s pop sensibilities and Adam’s extensive recording experience to turn a couple rough demos into a four song EP with a sound that transcends the constraints of the environment in which it was created. The final result is a set of songs that reflect Peter’s unique circumstances of living in two major cultural centers, growing up in the 1990s, and possessing a genuine and undying love for the world of pop music. These factors and others have inspired the creation of a bold new artistic concept, one that eschews contemporary standards of a distinction between indie-rock authenticity and pop star ambition to culminate in the finished product before us now.
The video is pretty awesome too. Directed by Ryan Lumley, another kid from my area, the video is the perfect combination of quirkiness and nonsense, kind of like an Animal Collective video. The way the rhythm is matched up with the images is really cool.
90 Pounds of Pete, at least in my mind, bears a striking resemblance to Modest Mouse. If you know me or my taste in music, you know that is a significant praise–Modest Mouse is one of my favorites. Peter and Adam really seem to have found their sound, and I’m excited to see where it goes from here. When you’ve got a sound that combines some of the best aspects of artists like Modest Mouse, Miike Snow, Vampire Weekend, and Animal Collective, the sky is the limit.