P.T. Walkley, 9th Grade English and the Living Room
So it’s 9:15 on Tuesday August 11th. I swing into the Living Room (154 Ludlow Street) in New York City. Earlier that night I had received a personal invite from PT himself via Twitter. I was bummed that I missed their short performance at All Points West. It’s actually a great story you should read it on their Myspace Blog. In fact, it’s stories like that that really get me into a band. Something personal, something so defiant in the face of Mother Nature. It’s very Old man and the Sea. And here I am in 9th grade English again (which would be the third time around, since 9th grade English wasn’t my thing the first time around). Anyhow I’m sitting here as the band sound checks and I’m thinking my spot in the room, the only one left, has to be the best one! I’m right up on the stage. The waitress swings by to check the level of my Guinness, it always seems to need a refill. I’m in a perfect spot to just chill out and enjoy the band. I have my pad out, and the angle is great for pictures and video. What more could I ask for?
PT says hi to the crowd and with not much more that a nod and a wink they start into their set. I must say that I’m be a bold faced liar and carpetbagging Californian if I said I wasn’t enthralled with their sound. P.T. Walkley is Lizzy Lee Vincent, (electric guitar) Marc Trachtenberg (piano) Nicky Kulund (Drums), Dave Kulund (Bass), Michel Walkley (percussion) and of course P.T. (guitar,vocals). Folk Infused Country Story rock…. yea that sums it up well. When did all this “call back the good that was country music” start up. It seems like there’s a real trend happening in the north west US these days. Country Rock is once again a variable music genre. Not that corny these colours don’t run, or right wing shoot a gun style country, or some way too hot model singing cheesy country love songs country. Nope, A good old fashioned guitar forged story driven country style rock band! With songs about foulplay, and a little neurotic tune here and there. This is good stuff! The band is having a good time! They’re all smiles and head bobs, its great to see that energy!
After the set I took a moment to say hi to the band. PT and I chatted for a second I bought a Cd and was off on my way back to Jersey City. It was a quick night I got off the PATH in Jersey City at 11:15pm. I still had time to get drunk for cheap at my bar!