Black Widow: isn't she lovely..and so deadly? Instinctively vicious and infinitely influential, her innate toxicity makes her the perfect inspiration. Such power, dignity and lethality have been immortalized on Vancouver-based brigade Pigeon Park's independent release Black Widow. Compelled by the aforementioned murderess who coldly takes lives in the pursuit of personal gain, this rock 'n' roll quintet unleashes an EP rife with emotion, conviction and a hell of a lot of unforgettable riffs.
Formed as long time friends who grew increasingly inspired by one another's musicianship, Pigeon Park's legacy extends far beyond their 2008 inception. Initially dallying with blues-based jams influenced by the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Funkadelic and The Raconteurs, an immediate common ground solidified the Pigeon Park sound. “We were all friends jamming since childhood,” reflects Weber. “We all went to school together, discovered bands together and jammed together. Eventually, we just bridged that gap.”
The formation of Pigeon Park was more than merely spanning a divide, however. The release of their debut album The Sun and two cross-Canada tours served to amplify creativity and burgeoning support for the band. Still, Pigeon Park outshine all previous efforts with the consolidated attack and no-frills direction of Black Widow.
Produced by Jordan Oorebeek, Black Widow finds Pigeon Park honing that inspiration into a more direct, unified bout of power and prowess; encapsulating the past half-decade of aural exploration and self-discovery into rock 'n' roll.
From the likes of video track “Come Down Slow,” with its driving beat and portrayal of a homeless girl's life—the alienation and desperation eliciting sympathy for her strife, frustration and anger—through the album's title track with its unforgettable melody and aforementioned context of a femme fatale as seen through the eyes of her final victim and “Feel The Rain,” an exploration of the darkness and negative emotions that overtake us at the demise of an intense relationship, Black Widow certainly does slice. Yet thanks to its compelling and insightful essence coupled with driving, pointed and raw musicianship, it's a delightful incision.
“This came together in a proper manner,” asserts Weber, exploring how Black Widow exhibits a refined, streamlined Pigeon Park. “We're friends and there's a lot of camaraderie. Creative juices just pour out from us and it feels like when one person can't come up with something, another is knee-deep in their most creative session. That's why Pigeon Park is more of a feeling than just watching a band onstage. We want to invoke emotions in people when we perform. Goals will never stop appearing for us, so we'll never stop pushing for more.”
“We're hungry,” adds Okabe. “Our sound is inspired from when music was at its best: rock was taking form as a predominant genre. It was sacred yet over the years, it's lost some of that with people only in it to sell. We're trying to recreate that free spirit of losing yourself in the music."
“These guys really rocked my socks off, utterly incredible.” – I Am Entertainment Magazine
“A very impressive band, with a powerful lead singer. They have a big future”” – The Music Mag UK
Band MembersNick Weber - Vocals
Logan Pacholok - Guitar & Vocals
Kevin Okabe - Guitar
Artur Leppert - Bass
Hunter Elliott - Drums