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Concert Review: Peter Wolf Crier at The Turf Club in Minneapolis, MN, 5/21/2010

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Friday May 21st of 2010 marked the first day of what is sure to be a very big turning point in Peter Pisano’s life. No, I know what you are thinking, isn’t his real name Peter Wolf Crier, – You’d think that wouldn’t you?

However, Peter Wolf Crier is a duo, made up of Peter Pisano (vocals, guitar), and Brian Moen (drums, vocals). Both artists stem from the musical metropolis that is the midwest, Peter and Brian both coming from Wisconsin are now locals of Minneapolis. These two are the epitome of warranted, hard meddled-folk music, and the root of bottom-to-top success, at its best.  

Saint Paul, Minnesota might be known as the ‘forgotten city’ near Minneapolis, but this past Friday night at The Turf Club that statement could have been proven otherwise. A fully packed house came out in support of Peter Wolf Crier’s re-release of his album Inter-Be; which also doubled as the launch of the first leg of his national tour, opening for Freelance Whales and Heartless Bastards. Quite a mixture of celebratory partying was expected to be had. Peter and Brian showed a copious amount of appreciation towards their native fans on debut night, which isn’t surprising since his passion and craft seems to have been bred and fed here.  

Now signed to the faithfully-hip indie label Jagjaguwar Records, (also home to Bon Iver and Gayngs). Peter Wolf Crier is now gaining national acclaim with his valued position in the folk market. With the actual release of Inter-Be having occurred last fall, but now being presented on Jagjaguwar’s label; it’s good to kick it fresh with a re-release and dawning tour.

Peter Pisano is no stranger to the performance life however, with previous stints in Wars of 1812, and a slew of local Eau Claire, Wisconsin bands including: Laarks, and the now surfacing Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) side project, The Shouting Matches. It is refreshing to see a heavy local voice peering out into their uncharted territory of an expansive two-month U.S. Tour.

The hosted spotlight began the night with Kill the Vultures, a rather surprising move for an indie/folk show. However, they seemed to make great use of the opening feature; Crescent Moon  and his rustic, low-belt hip-hop aggregate of punk and sheering instrumental rhythms was a creative and enjoyable start to the night.

As Peter Wolf Crier approached the stage, they were pouring with excitement, which is always a great vibe for artists to project. They seemed to put the crowd in a ready-to-go mood.  The duo played the entire album from start to finish, giving everyone a great run-through before the went home to listen to their freshly purchased, not-yet-released album. Every song played happily, allowing the crowd to favorite such songs as: “Hard as Nails”, “Crutch and Cane”, and “Saturday Night”.With passion and glamor, Brian’s percussion fit like a puzzle beside Peter’s vocals. Their boisterous and heavily berated approach came off sincere. These are all good things, especially when taking a step in modernizing folk’s perspective. It sounded like country mixed with a dose of blues-rock, backed behind Peter’s raging voice.

The Turf Club was being lifted to the heavens, and Peter’s vocals helped take us there, swallowing the air like a wolf howling in the distant Midwestern night.

These two are well on their way to spreading the love around America; their jaunt and newly released album Inter-Be should not be passed up.

You can folllow Peter Wolf Crier along their tour by checking out dates on their website, and take a peek at their album, streaming in full length live on Minneapolis’s own Member-Supported radio station The Current.    

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