"Crutch & Cane"
Peter Wolf Crier exudes sentiment, but with a tinge of fury. The music comes straight from Peter Pisano's heart: He says five songs came to him in rapid fire after a long songwriting dry spell. How that happened remains a mystery to Pisano, but he found a voice he never knew he had.
Pisano took those guitar-based songs to drummer and engineer Brian Moen, and asked him to simply record his solo work. But instead, Moen added his own thunder to Pisano's stormy songs, at which point the pair became a band.
I love watching these guys play, which is why I was so glad they could come play the Tiny Desk. Pisano's passion might be in his voice, but watch his face turn blood-red and take a look at what Moen is doing: He looks blissed-out at times, while his accents propel the vocals as much as they do the guitar lines.
Inter-Be is the record they made together, and it's a perfect debut, but seeing them live is my favorite way to take in this fervent, inspired music.