Dutch four-piece Canshaker Pi are delighted to unveil their entrancing sound to a UK wide audience through the release of What You’re Trying To Say, out now via Excelsior Recordings.
Despite their youthfulness, the band are still in their teens, Canshaker Pi have already beguiled rock royalty having enticed Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus to travel to Holland to produce their EP For Ed, which was released in August 2016. It’s easy to see why Malkmus described the band as having the talent to “blow the world away with their sound.”; infectious, lo-fi, gritty indie-rock demands your attention as the skilfully arranged sound takes hold of the listener, menacing feedback prowling in the background, melodies twisting and turning throughout, as the simple, yet effective, vocals drive the song to its conclusion.
There is something eminently mature about the bands sound, a sound that has one foot in the past and one foot in the future, creating a noise that appreciatively nods to the likes of Sebadoh and Silver Jews as much as it does contemporary bands such as Ought and Parquet Courts.
Comprised of Willem Smit (lead vocals, guitar), Boris de Klerk (vocals, guitar), Ruben van Weegberg (bass) and Nick Bolland (drums), Canshaker Pi have had a fairly quick ascent since their formation. Having met at school, attending a school overlooking the famous venue Paradiso, the band wasted no time in honing their sound and making their mark on the industry, as they quickly produced two EP’s, worked with Stephen Malkmus and gained support from the likes of Stereogum.
With an album currently in the works and dates in the UK being booked for May, Canshaker Pi are set to make their mark on British music lovers through their fuzz-filled noise rock sound.
What You’re Trying To Say by Canshaker Pi is out now via Excelsior Recordings.
Meet – Canshaker Pi
1) For those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band?
We all met in high school, and were already hanging out for a while, before we even got the idea to start a band. We all liked similar music and we just got along, so we decided to start making music together.
2) Who would you list as your musical influences?
dEUS, Death Grips, Parquet Courts, Sonic Youth, Scram C Baby, Beck, Pixies, Deerhoof, Micachu & The Shapes, The Fall, Girl Band, Ho99o9, Guided By Voices, Hallo Venray, Pavement and a whole lot more of course!
3) What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
Being able to record a record with Stephen Malkmus was fantastic. Really cool to be able to work with one of our heroes and we really like how the record turned out. Opening for Parquet Courts in our home town was also really cool too.
4) What are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years?
To continue to make music that we are proud of and hopefully playing more shows abroad.
5) What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Bottomless Pit – Death Grips, Human Performance – Parquet Courts, Proved News – Petersburg Orderer, Micachu & The Shapes – Jewellery, Kanye West – Yeezus, Teens Of Style – Car Seat Headrest, good kid, m.A.A.d city – Kendrick Lamar, Sun Coming Down – Ought, Holding Hands With Jamie – Girl Band.
6) Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
We try our best to post regularly and to post stuff that’s fun to us. It’s good to have a place where people who like what we do can keep up with what we’re doing and where we’re playing. It’s a useful tool that can be fun.
7) Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?
We do read them, but we’ve never really been in a situation that we got a really bad review and got totally bummed out by it. A review is just someones opinion on your show/record/etc. and if you like your show or record yourself, then it doesn’t really matter that someone else doesn’t like it, right?
8) If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
It’s always been a dream for us to go to America, just because a lot of our favorite bands and labels are American and a lot of cool festivals take place there.
9) Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?
Music never saved my mortal soul, but I’m not saying it can’t. It’s a very personal thing, everyone gets something else from it. That’s what makes it so cool.
10) Any last thoughts for your fans?
Please save our mortal souls.