Alright, it’s time for some more music from Nashville’s indie music scene. PUJOL is a southern gothic rock band from Nashville, TN. The band was started by Daniel Pujol after he moved to Nashville and began writing songs about life, theology, and family. After growing up in Tallahoma, TN, Daniel is now a very talented punk singer/songwriter in Music City who has made a name for himself the last couple years. His band consists of Adam Tanaka on drums, Sean Thompson on lead guitar, and Joey Scala on bass. They’ve been described as “buds bonded by the brain.” Other members include Dan Burns, Mitch Jones, Steward Copeland, Forever Young, Angelbaby, and The Wez. Check out this song by PUJOL called “Black Rabbit.”
As you can hear, PUJOL has developed their own distinct sound. From the intricate guitar riffs to the scratchy vocals, their music has true originality. It also doesn’t hurt to have Jack White producing songs for your band. In an interview with SPIN Magazine, Pujol said, “Jack White was very polite and professional. It felt good to finally be in a situation where knowing what you wanted to sound like was just normal and not high maintenance. Everyone involved respected my judgment as an artist, and we all worked together to help mutually refine the single as a satisfactory meeting ground between the Third Man aesthetic and my own.” The music is a great new take on the punky garage rock music that has been coming back with a strong underground following in major cities like Nashville. This is a band that you should definitely see live if you haven’t already. Here’s another one of their songs (by Stewart Copeland) called “Too Safe.” The song is “a b-side from PUJOL’s “Black Rabbit” 7-inch, which is being released by Jack White’s Third Man Records.” You can download it here: DOWNLOAD MP3
Daniel Pujol is an advocate for vinyl records and “almost exclusively releases music on tape, vinyl or digitally.” In an interview done by Nashville SCENE last year, Daniel describes his very intriguing view on CDs and why he chooses not to release music in the CD format. He has some great points that I think should be discussed by any independent band thinking about releasing an album these days. His main ideology on the topic is basically something like “CDs blow, they’re overpriced and nobody cares.” It’s definitely something I haven’t thought about much, and I can’t really argue with the stunning truth in his argument. Check out this video from the interview:
Pretty interesting huh? If you like the music and like the discussion, check out PUJOL’s music here, buy one of their albums, or move to Nashville and come see for yourself some awesome concerts. Live music has really been coming back the last couple years, so continue to support local music in your hometown and don’t be afraid to go to a concert even if you have never heard of the band. If you’re an optimistic adventurous music lover, you’ll usually find something that you like about the music. Thanks for listening!
By Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play, Music Without Labels, LLC