Masked country crooner shares new video ahead of debut album release this Friday.
Orville Peck has shared the official video for melancholic rocker “Turn to Hate” from ‘Pony’, his full-length debut, directed by Peck and Carlos Santolalla. Orville Peck’s ‘Pony’ will be available on CD/LP/DL this Friday, March 22nd worldwide through Sub Pop, with the exception of Canada where the album will be released by Royal Mountain Records.
About the visuals Orville says, “The video was filmed on a sweaty December evening in East Los Angeles. Peck performs on a broken down stage, while a group of his friends, Caballeros & eager misfits compete for the cup in a smoke-filled, neon bull riding contest. Special thanks to Kareen Sandoval, Patrick McElroy, MPC New York, Chloe Parks, Stef Albertyn and Brendan Smith.”
“Turn to Hate” is a song about Orville’s struggle in keeping his resentment from building into hatred. A continuous battle between embracing the strength & freedom of being an outsider and the inevitable struggle of wanting normalcy and familiarity – Orville’s dilemma as a cowboy. He sings about having to constantly repair situations in his wake, and fighting with himself over his decision making. To stay or go; to cry or not; whether to leave without saying goodbye in order to soften the blow; And all the while wishing someone would tell him that they “can’t stay” – to make the decision for him.
Combining the lulling ambiance of shoegaze with the iconic melodies and vocal prowess of classic American country music, outlaw cowboy, Orville Peck croons about love and loss from the badlands of North America. The resulting sound is entirely his own. He takes the listener down desert highways, through a world where worn out gamblers, road-dogs, and lovesick hustlers drift in and out of his masked gaze.
Orville’s debut album, Pony, delivers a diverse collection of stories that sing of heartbreak, revenge and the unrelenting tug of the cowboy ethos. Warm lap steel guitars and echoing drums move through dreamy ballads and sometimes near frantic buzzsaw tunes – all the while paying homage to his country music roots.
On the campfire lullaby, “Big Sky,” Orville sings about his past lovers – an aloof biker, an abusive boxer and an overly protective jailor in the Florida Keys – and the inevitable demise of each one, as he leaves them for the wide open, big sky.
And “Buffalo Run” acts as a warning, a song built around the imagery of stampeding buffalo in the badlands of the Northern Plains. It’s one that begins peacefully enough but soon transcends into a kinetic charge that crescendos as the buffalo are headed off the cliffside.
Pony was produced by Orville Peck, recorded and mixed by Jordan Koop at The Noise Floor on Gabriola Island, British Columbia and mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering in Montreal, Quebec.
Pony is now available for preorder through Sub Pop Mega Mart and Royal Mountain Records. European and UK LP preorders of Pony through select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on Gold vinyl (while supplies last).
See Orville Peck live:
Apr. 11 – Ottawa, ON – The Dominion Tavern
Apr. 12 – Montreal, QC – Casa Del Popolo
Apr. 13 – Toronto, ON – The Great Hall
Apr. 14 – Hamilton, ON – The Casbah
Apr. 23 – Cambridge, MA – Great Scott
Apr. 25 – Philadelphia, PA – The Boot & Saddle
Apr. 26 – Brooklyn, NY – Zone One @ Elsewhere
Apr. 27 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
Apr. 28 – Richmond, VA – The Camel
Apr. 30 – Pittsburg, PA – Andy Warhol Museum
May 01 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s
May 02 – Detroit, MI – Lager House
May 03 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
May 04 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
May 06 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note*
May 07 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion*
May 08 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
May 09 – El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace*
May 10 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre*
May 11 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre*
May 12 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren*
May 13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Moroccan Lounge
May 17 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
May 18 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
May 19 – Vancouver, BC – The Wise Hall
May 23 – Calgary, AB – Commonwealth Bar & Stage
May 24 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
May 25 – Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina
May 26 – Winnipeg, MB – West End Culture Center