This “folk punk” band was something to behold as they performed in-studio at WSBU The Buzz.
By Chandler Poczciwinski, Assistant Production Director
Band: Pderrigerreo (Pronounced puhdairyjerry-o)
Live in the Studio on: 3/11/19
Here at the Buzz, we have countless numbers of artists that join us in the studio to give us a taste of their music in the live setting. From alternative to punk, to rock and even rap, we thought that we had heard it all. However, that all changed when Pderrigerreo (pronounced puhdairyjerry-o) from Middletown, Connecticut, walked in the door. Our evening with Pderrigerreo, commonly known as PDG, started off as most in-studio performances do, with a simple meet and greet to break the ice, then gear load in and sound check. At first glance PDG seemed like a normal touring punk act, consisting of band t-shirts and jeans with a road worn look that you can only achieve from hitting the road in a small van, packed to the absolute max.
However, things began to change once they started to load in their gear. First came the guitar and the bass with their respective amplifiers, then came an ironing board on which a set of marching band drums sat, finally to end it off was an almost endless supply of bells, whistles, kazoos, glockenspiels, accourdians and cowbells. While this might not have been exactly what we were expecting, in the end it created a fun and energetic atmosphere that was entertaining from beginning to end.
The second that PDG headed into their first song, I knew that their label as a “folk-punk” act was completely false. Honestly, even to this day I don’t think I could put a definite label on their sound; however, I don’t think that it is a bad thing. PDG has created something that is way more impressive than a band who can simply consider themselves “folk-punk.” What the members of PDG have really created is an unapologetic and non-conforming musical atmosphere that finds a way to incorporate even the craziest of themes and instruments. In my mind that is what music is all about, bringing together friends, music and creativity to share whatever feeling you may have in your soul. Why limit yourself to sticking to a genre that will inevitably put a ceiling on the music you can create? Instead, be like Pderrigerreo and play what you love, and love what you play. This is really what impressed me the most about PDG. The overall vibe of excitement and happy-to-be-here attitude that they brought to the studio was infectious to say the least. As any touring musician knows all too well, the road can be an exhausting and unforgiving place that can break even the strongest of spirits. Yet, that was not the case for PDG, whose faces were full of smiles for the entirety of their time in the station.
The combination of PDG’s smiling faces, non-conforming sound and unapologetic attitude is what will make me never forget their performance here at WSBU 88.3 The Buzz. I hope more bands of their nature reach out to us so we can get a taste for all the great music in the world. Make sure to check out Pderrigerreo so you can experience them for yourself, but until next time, get off the charts and support local music.
Best of Pderrigerreo:
Song: “Mopjug” Album: I’m in a Bed – This might be one of the cases where PDG’s folk-esque side reveals itself. The humming viola along with the 80s synth beat creates and interesting yet enjoyable combination.
Song: “Neighborhood” Album: I’m in a Bed – I specifically recall when they played this live in the station, it’s bouncy beat had the whole station bobbing back and forth. The almost surf rock vibe really brightened up the studio and the addition of the banjo at the end really tops it off. This song also showcases PDG’s extra creative side when they introduce the slide whistle into the song.
Song: “Distracted!” Album: I’m in a Bed – PDG brings back the synth for this song and i’m not mad about it at all. Honestly I am one of those people who can always be down for a little 80’s synth action. So, I like PDG’s use of the synth as the driving beat of this song.