Folk-rockers PigPen Theatre Co. have returned with the backing of strong fan support to record their sophomore LP, Whole Sun, scheduled for a July 7 release. The album successfully raised more than $50,000 via Kickstarter, exceeding its original goal in less than 48 hours.
The group’s whimsical-sounding name is anything but a joke, as PigPen Theatre Co. really is a fully functional, award-winning theater company. Their music-driven plays (written, composed, and performed by the band) have played Off-Broadway and to packed houses across the country, earning critical praise from The New York Times and others. They’re remaining active in this field, with three more plays scheduled over the next three years, even as they promote and tour for Whole Sun
Today, PigPen Theatre Co. has shared the video for a new track off Whole Sun, a precise, intimate look into the recording of “Weathervane.” The song builds slowly from lonesome-sounding vocals to an upbeat crescendo of acoustic guitar, keys, banjo and even a bit of electric guitar as smiles creep onto the faces of the band members. The location, which appears to be an old church given the large stained-glass windows, only adds to the warm, inviting tone. The band says their recording space was known as “Dreamland,” and it added its own unique tone to the album.
“When we set out to make this album, we wanted to write a collection of songs that stood on their own, songs that weren’t drawn from or influenced by the world of our plays,” said the band. “An essential part of that was setting aside some time to get away from New York City and our other projects to experiment with these new songs in a studio. When we found Dreamland, we were blown away, not only by the equipment and gear, but by the sheer beauty of the place. We knew we had to bring along our good friend and long-time collaborator Bart Cortright to roll cameras. He showed us a bit of what he captured while we were recording “Weathervane” and we liked it so much we asked him to make a full video. We hope you like it too.”