Follow UP: Swept Away

Our brand-new album (coming out Sept 8) is a companion to Songs of Serenity, recorded with the same band and producers at the same studio – Echoplant.  All songs started on acoustic, fitting the singer-songwriter feel I started this project out with, but this time there is definitely more electric guitar, leads, and an overall upbeat feel that feels like a natural progression from our first release.

The band, rooftop chillin’: Scott, Derek, Adrian, and Eric (Photo by Wendy D)

Calling this record Follow UP started as a pun, coming so closely on the heels of the last one, but the songs we worked on all had a positive vibe, so a theme naturally grew that justified the name.  I also couldn’t resist the social media import of “follow”s and “up”-votes (whether “like”s, “love”s, or thumbs up).  As we trot out the new tunes over the next couple weeks, you’ll see some different aspects of positivity featured in each.

Without further ado, our first preview is the 2nd track (leaving the lead-off till last), called “Swept Away”:

This song looks back at single days, being flirtatious, finding that one perfect gaze in a crowd that says so much – and knowing it’s a mutual, equal attraction.  I’ve always hated the concept of someone being ‘out of your league’ or putting someone ‘up on a pedestal’ so I set out to puncture some of those myths in this song, while preserving the spirit of excitement we all feel when we suddenly find that connection with someone new.  As for the cliche of “seizing every day”, I will own that one – it definitely still rings true!

Stay tuned for more previews over the next week and a half, and we’ll see many of you out at the Fairview, Thu Aug 30th, and the album release party at LanaLou’s Sat, Sep 8th!

New album cover!

The new album, Follow UP, is completed and waiting to be delivered to the world as of September 8th — which just so happens to be my birthday, and the one-year anniversary of our first album release, Songs of Serenity.  Get ready to celebrate all of these with us!

Naturally, here in Vancouver, that means a big album release show which we are once again putting on at fabulous local Rock n Roll Eatery, LanaLou’s (362 Powell).  You won’t want to miss this show, we’ll be playing songs from the new record plus a few faves from the still fresh one-year-old; a special surprise opening act will hit the stage around 9pm, and after our 10pm set the fabulous Danny Echo (11pm) close out the show with their characteristic rock and roll energy and fun.

But first, we will be onstage at the legendary International Pop Overthrow festival, at The Fairview Pub (898 W. Broadway) on August 30th.  IPO runs for 3 nights and you should do yourself a favour and go see all of them with line-ups absolutely jam-packed with great bands.  We play the Thursday night and will be onstage at 11pm, playing songs from the new album and giving a sneak peak at what’s to come the following week.  You can pre-order Follow UP from us there that night, so get on down and be one of the first to own it!

Also at the IPO festival, the final night September 1st will see the reunion of Eric’s and my other band The Top Drawers for a sure-to-be epic night of rock and roll goodness!  The line-up for this Saturday is off the charts with other old-school reuniting legends The Ryecatchers and Star Collector (featuring our own Adrian Buckley on drums!) sharing the stage with us and local faves like Danny Echo and The Top Boost.

Pre-orders for Follow UP will be available very soon – watch this space!

Upcoming shows and Follow UP album release!

What’s that sound? There’s music in this forest, anybody to hear it?

After some months of apparent inactivity (which trust us, have been well spent working on new songs for the next album), we finally have some shows to announce in the Vancouver area — and an official release date!

On B.C.’s holiday Monday August 6th, an excellent local organization S.A.F.E.R. (Suicide Attempt Follow-up Education & Research) is holding a fundraiser at Moose’s Down Under (830 W. Pender).  Painting Hope  is “a night of Burgers, Beer, Painting (optional), Live Music, and Fun!” and we will be kicking off that live music at 8pm.  You can purchase tickets to this event supporting a very worthy cause here.

The build-up to our brand-new upcoming album continues with a show at The Fairview (898 W. Broadway) for International Pop Overthrow (IPO), which we played last year (and every year for the past decade in various bands!).  The touring fest launched and run by David Bash will be here Thursday Aug 30th (when we will take the stage at 11pm precisely) through Saturday Sep 1st, when all of us will also be playing in several other bands, including an overdue reunion of The Top Drawers with Eric and myself!  If you love great music in the classic stylings of power pop, garage-y sixties and pure fun rock and roll you should come to all three nights (I know I am).

And only one week later, we will officially release our follow-up to Songs of Serenity (still available here on CD, digital or glorious 12″ vinyl – get it before we drop our next one!)  Saturday, September 8th, which just happens to be my birthday and the one-year anniversary of last year’s release, we will hit the stage at LanaLou’s to introduce the world to… Follow UP!  The title that started with a pun, but became so much more: a collection of songs focused on positivity in its various forms.  We are very excited about this album and can’t wait to play songs from it on stage – and get these catchy little tunes humming in all your CD and digital players via whatever media you like best.  Vinyl to follow by early 2019.

We hope to see you out to one or two – or all three! – of these shows as we get set to release this latest full-length album into the wide world.  More to come!

Songs of Serenity Review: No Depression

After a successful vinyl release show here in Vancouver earlier this month at the venerable LanaLou’s, Songs of Serenity is starting to pick up a little renewed momentum.  Despite spending more time lately working on the songs for our follow-up album, I am jumping at the chance to refocus on promoting this album which may have been recorded last year, but is still so very new to the world at large.

Hot on the heels of the 12″ vinyl release (get it here!) comes a review by Stacey Zering in the venerated Journal of Roots Music, No Depression.  I am way too humble to pull quotes about this “collection of earnest and passionate music” like “simple and direct, yet nuanced and sophisticated” and “Perry is a true master at crafting tunes that are quite simple at the core” so why don’t you just go check out the full review for yourself HERE.  While you’re there, have a look around: it’s a great site and magazine highlighting music with an authentic and timeless vibe, made the way the best music has always been made: by people, for people.

The 12″ record includes these full-color inserts with lyrics and credits for every song!

And whether you spin vinyl yourself, still do CD’s or just grab your music out of the air (we are on all the streaming sites as well, just look us up!), Songs of Serenity is available in all formats except 8-track & cassette (ahh, we’re not quite that nostalgic) right here on this website.  Grab yourself one (or three!) before the initial run sells out!

12 inches of pure joy

A quick update to acknowledge the mounting excitement as we hit a fairly important milestone: actually receiving 8 boxes filled to bursting with these lovelies!

It has been a long build-up to having a 12″ vinyl LP of our still-pretty-new album Songs of Serenity.  Getting records pressed and then shipped takes time and money (plenty of both), and you have to plan ahead to make sure you don’t over-promise and under-deliver.  After all, the release party was booked months ago (Saturday, March 10th – be there or be… well, let’s just say you won’t be round!) and if those 8 heavy boxes hadn’t arrived in time, it might be a sad show.

But now it will be a very happy show indeed!  click HERE!), but if you come on down you’ll save on shipping, and get to see a great show live with not only us, but Gold Stars are for Suckers and The Top Boost as well.  You’ll love them, I guarantee!

And I’m fairly confident you will like this record too, so get it now on CD, digital or the all-time classic format of 12″ high quality 180gm black vinyl.  This right here is the look of happy pride I felt first opening one of my own records – a lifelong dream realized.  Come on out to LanaLou’s March 10th to share in the joy and celebration, we are going to have a legendary time!

 

 

Vinyl Release Party

Release the Vinyl!

If something about that sounds tantalizing, just wait till you hear how the music itself sounds in the deep grooves of that marvellously malleable material!  At long last, the 12″ vinyl LP of Songs of Serenity will be officially released on Friday, March 10th.

You can preorder it now, and get it a day early (Mar. 9) –  Right here!

It will look just like this, only bigger! And with a fully functional record inside!

To celebrate and launch this record (again), we are having a big party at LanaLou’s (362 Powell) to play songs off the album plus a few from the next one, coming in the fall.  We’ll be joined by two more incredible bands, Gold Stars Are For Suckers and The Top Boost, who are going to make it a night to remember packed with great music.  Special thanks to Gold Stars bassist and man-about-town Richard Katynski for the cool poster design.

Those of you who can’t make it to Vancouver for the release show can buy the record HERE – and we will ship it to you anywhere in North America!  Remember, there is a bonus track on the vinyl record that did not appear on the CD or digital release, a fun tongue-in-cheek ode to my friend Ben, “What Would Ben Mills Do?”  As well, every vinyl record purchased will include a digital download of all the songs at the same time.

If you don’t spin the black circle, we still have plenty of CD’s available, and of course the digital tracks swirling around in the ether somewhere.  See it all at our online store.  One way or another, you’ve got to hear this record  — while it’s still fresh!  We are very proud of what we put down, and excited to be doing it all over again so soon.  Before that next one drops, scrape up a few bucks and get yourself a copy of Songs of Serenity!  You’ll never miss the $10 or $25, and you will own this record forever!

2018 so far…

Well, we’ve had a good busy stretch over the past month and a bit — apparently too busy for me to update the old website in a timely fashion!  That’s how it goes, sometimes you’re just doing things, other times you have to step back and take a moment to talk about things you are doing.

We played two weekends in a row to close out 2017 – Dec 23 at the Railway (with Gold Stars Are For Suckers) and Dec 30 at the Fairview Pub with Danny Echo and the Shittalkers.  Then we rolled right into the new year with a big show back at the Fairview alongside Preston & Fletcher and The Eleven Twelves on Jan 19th.  This was my favourite show to date of this new Scott Perry band.  We had lots of people there, crazy dancing, a very engaged crowd and great sets by all three bands.  When you can feed off an audience’s energy and pour it all back out, that’s when you really get what a live performance should be. Here’s a little glimpse of the night’s energy:

So, I guess I’ll keep playing shows for a while yet!  February will be another busy live month, if only for me and my treasured ’72 Gibson Hummingbird.  Sunday Feb 11th I am playing an acoustic set opening for local psychedelic garage rockers Songs of Serenity (buy here!) and then I get to sit back and enjoy a fantastic band I haven’t seen in too long!  The Heritage has great food to go with all those drinks, there’s no cover and a full night of music, so we hope to see you there!

Just a boy and his guitar, the simple joys of life.

And continuing my ongoing love affair with the Fairview Pub, I will be hosting open mic nights there every Wednesday in February.  So I’ll be playing more acoustic gems myself those nights, plus enjoying a wide variety of performers getting up to strut their stuff.  It’s a very supportive environment, so I encourage everyone who might want to play a few songs to bring their instrument down and sign up (I’ll be there from 6:30-10pm).  I have a few special treats lined up, so even if you don’t perform, you should make it out to watch the show.  The Fairview is a great pub to just hang out in, so come on down and say Hi.

As for the band, we are gearing up to go back into the studio this month to continue work on the ten songs we have lined up for 2018’s follow up album.  I will post updates on that as we firm up dates and get down to business.

Lastly, the long-awaited vinyl edition of Songs of Serenity – awaited by no one more eagerly than myself! – is finally on track and definitely going to be available in March.  We have listened to test pressings, so this is really happening, and it sounds GOOD.  Once we have a confirmed date, I will post an update on pre-ordering and announce a new album release show.

Stay tuned, music fans!  See you out at the Heritage and Fairview my Vancouver fam!

New video for Serenity!

It’s time to take a moment and reflect on what a year it has been.  2017 saw some major changes in my life, mainly the recording of a brand-new solo album (with many people contributing their talents, it wasn’t entirely “solo”), Songs of Serenity (you can buy it here!).  We’ve played a bunch of shows to support the new record, and had some great times, especially at the CD release party at LanaLou’s – a celebration we will be repeating in a couple of months for the official release of the 12″ vinyl record (with bonus track!  so excited!)

I owe so much to my awesome collaborators: above all, my bandmates Derek Macdonald on keyboards and vocals, Eric Lefebvre on bass and vocals, Adrian Buckley on drums, vocals and mixing.  Beyond the band, we have to thank Matt DiPomponio, who recorded everything out at Echoplant Studios; Steven Drake, who mixed the lead single Say I Do, which featured some blazing steel guitar work from him as well; Graham Myrfield who added his backup vocals to many of the songs in one long and memorable studio day; Scott Fletcher who helped out with some additional recording, as well as laying down a great slide part for the song Trigger; and Meghan Engel for her sweet fiddle part on Todays – one day, we’ll meet in person!

And it doesn’t end with just the musical creation, I had an incredible group of people contributing their particular talents to every aspect of this project.  Where would I be without Brandy, who helped in a million ways, primarily creating this website and our smooth-running business operation; the fabulous Wendy D who took all the pictures and helped us create a visual look to go along with the sounds; and Exploding Haggis, who designed the album and helped define the overall look of everything with his keen eye for colours, fonts, etc.

CD designed by Vancouver’s Exploding Haggis

Which brings us to Robert Riendeau, who truly makes visual what our ears receive as music, a longtime collaborator who I love working with for his unique vision – which always comes entirely from the song as he hears it.  Robert and I went to Las Vegas for the first video that launched all this (Say I Do), but the latest one he put his cinemagical touch to was shot a lot closer to home.  It was shot AT home, my home, true to the central message of the song Serenity.

So, I would like to close out this amazing and fruitful year with this little video that comes from the heart and sums up what making music means to me.  I hope you all enjoy it!  From our home straight to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!  2018 will bring much more, and I can’t wait (I’ll get back to you later!)

Upcoming shows, recording and Vinyl!

You can buy this right now! (click on Shop up there ^).  Bigger, blacker disc soon to follow.

There have been some serious delays putting together the vinyl edition of Songs of Serenity – something I’ve been looking forward to so long, I feel like a kid tortured by a big wrapped present under the tree long before Christmas.  Originally, I planned to have this ready for that magical date, but now it is going to be into the new year before the 12″ vinyl record is delivered.

Naturally, we will do another release show here in Vancouver when we have confirmed dates, likely in early February.

If I had a bumper sticker it would read, “I’d rather be recording!”

Meanwhile, we’ve been slowly spreading the word to promote the album online beyond the old hometown, hoping to break through the avalanche of music constantly streaming out there in the wide world.  Touring is not in the cards right now for a number of reasons, so it’s all good old-fashioned hustle.  That’s the hard part of this whole independent enterprise, taking care of the business when all I really want to do is play and record music. 

With that never-dying urge pressing us on, we are headed back into the studio TOMORROW to start work on what will eventually be the follow up album, coming later in 2018.  We have 10 songs ready to go, and are excited to get back in Echoplant with Matt DiPomponio for two full days of recording.

But not to get ahead of ourselves, we still need to give Songs of Serenity its best chance of being heard (TCOB).  We have one more local show coming up to cap off this amazing year of 2017 — Dec 30th at the Fairview Pub with Danny Echo and the Shittalkers.  If you’ve missed our other shows, this is your chance to see what this band can bring live (hint: I’ve got some great players on board!).  Come and ring out the old year with us and some awesome local musical friends!

Music is nothing without an audience!

Watch this space for an announcement of the vinyl pre-order and album release show!

Vancouver Sun review

Vancouver’s largest daily newspaper, the Vancouver Sun has just published their review of Songs of Serenity, by one of the city’s foremost music writers, Stuart Derdeyn.

Singling out the album’s “really tasty vocal harmonies,” the review offers up adjectives like “catchy” and “hooky” to describe the songs, as well as one which could apply to the whole project and persona of this particular singer-songwriter:  “easygoing.”  Yup.  I’ll take that as a compliment!

These guys are all pretty easygoing too (l-r): Adrian Buckley (drums), SP, Eric Lefebvre (bass), Derek Macdonald (keys)

We are thrilled to get our first major review on the books!  It is certainly easier to get the word out to more publications, blogs and music reviewers once that seal is broken.  So thanks to the Sun and Stuart for writing about this new Vancouver band composed of four veterans of the local music scene.  That kind of local support is crucial if you hope to reach a wider audience at the national or international level.

Again, you can read the full review shop on this very site to instantly get your digital download or order a CD to be shipped to you (while supplies last, all CDs ordered through the website will be signed copies from the initial run).  If you are a vinyl aficionado, a proper 12″ record is definitely on the way as soon as a few details are sorted (including a brand-new bonus track).   Stay tuned for news on pre-ordering that and another special event vinyl release show in January.

We’ll leave you with this video clip for one of the songs mentioned in Stuart’s review, as a bit of a departure from the rest of the album’s more personal tone, “gunsun.”  Don’t be fooled by the fakeout at the beginning!  It’s a bit of a cheeky video for an admittedly simplistic song on a serious subject.