Tuesday 28 January will see Brooklyn duo Passenger Peru release their debut, self-titled album on Fleeting Youth Records. The band consists of two Justin’s; Stivers and Gonzalez, both multi-instrumentalists and singers who together make a sound more complex and layered than the sum of just two parts.
As well as the usual formats, the album release also comes in cassette form complete with a tasteful badge to pin upon your lapels. The cassette format harks back to a time gone by that the boys sound also evokes. Obvious influences on their sound stem from such classics as Pavement, Modest Mouse and Yo La Tengo however sounding new and fresh enough that they should be able to ride the coat tails of 2013’s critical darlings; Kurt Vile, Ty Segall and Jackson Scott.
Indeed Justin Stivers has already paid his dues playing bass in the rather excellent, Antlers. Now residing in New York, the group was originally formed from an advert on Craig’s list and Passenger Peru have since spent the last couple of years honing their sound, sometimes sleeping on the studio floor to make ends meet. The first single from the album Heavy Drugs is one of the records highlights and a classic slice of scuzzy mid-nineties stoned indie rock. Whack it in a playlist with some tracks from the new records by Stephen Malkmus and Ariel Pink and you’ll hardly notice a change of pace.
Passenger Peru have also recently released their own version of British art rock band Roxy Music’s 1982 hit single, More Than This as well as their own DIY video for Health System, another track that’s been taken from the forthcoming self-titled debut album.
Plus if you sign up to their website you can get the single for free along with some covers of Pavement and My Bloody Valentine in a very nice personal email from Stivers. What’s not to love?
By Josh Bennett