A Piano In Every Home
North American Review Part I Album Release
March 19, 2016 at Icehouse
with Chris Koza
21+ / $8 adv or $10 door / 11 pm
A Piano In Every Home is comprised of some of the most musically prolific young men in the Twin Cities, so don't act surprised when you see the names of Travis Erickson, Jacob Pavek, Jake Wallenius, Mark Kartarik thrown around online at The Current and other notable Twin Cities publications this spring. They just released Part I of their latest album, North American Review, and will take the stage at Icehouse Saturday night to perform it.
Joined by famed local collaborators including Leah Ottman (violin) and Kara Laudon (vocals), in North American Review Part I, the artists of A Piano In Every Home have perfected how to capture memories and feelings of the past in a way that is digestible in the present. The expertise these veteran players lend to the songwriting and sound make North American Review a polished piece reflecting their years of intertwining work together. Yet with Erickson at the vocal helm, these four craft one of the most original albums any of them have ever released.
A Piano In Every Home is the result of Erickson's 12+ year friendship with Pavek, started as kids in Hudson, Wisconsin, and almost 9 years of musical collaboration. They released Meridian in December of 2013, just the two of them. Wallenius and Kartarik joined for the release show, and then “we all moved under one roof," Erickson pointed out, and, "by the time we put out our last album, it was well, god, it’s interesting enough the two of us, but we should branch out a bit.”
The result of this doubling is two parts to one whole: North American Review Part I and Part II.
Yet, Erickson reminds us: "You can only have so much intentionally behind naming something."
"I know very much what I'm not good at. I think everyone in here knows what they're not good at. What we really know, we know how to do well." - Travis Erickson
"I know very much what I'm not good at," Erickson reveals. "I think everyone in here knows what they're not good at. What we really know, we know how to do well. I know how to sit down and write a self-portrait... I can do that. I can do it well... Beyond that, let's not get silly about it."
This knowledge of self is integral to the success of the album, as its genuine nature is infallible. Its stories many not be one hundred percent true, as mystery is an attractive element in good songwriting. But knowing what, as a band, you can do well, and selecting those best pieces to present to the world, is not a form of lying by omission. It's common sense. As Erickson advised, "Let's only put forth publicly... the things that we know we're very good at... we know our limitations, and I think that's part of why it works."