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-----Pictorials formed in the late summer of 2011 in Portland, Oregon as a two piece drum and guitar combo between Nate Otani and Morgan Nicholson, which would later be expanded to include Mike Moreau on bass guitar, keys and backup vocals. While Otani, Nicholson and Moreau have known each other years prior to starting the band, the project materialized after Nicholson finished touring with Tobacco (Anticon) and Moreau & Otani disbanding their electronic project, “Procedures”. With both Otani and Nicholson free from other projects, Pictorials materialized out of a few home recordings off of an iPhone and with the focus of abandoning their learned instruments for a different musical experience they were accustomed to altogether. Stimulated by the sounds of XTC, the Wake, Felt, Factory and Creation records bands, Pictorials began with the urge to make music with textured fun in mind. With no prior experience before, Otani dropped the bass to learn the drums on an electronic Simmons kit, Nicholson for the first time fronted the project on guitar & vocals and Moreau later abandoned the guitar to pick up the bass, keys and vocals. “We didn’t know what we were doing—I didn’t know. The band was just for our friends and us. We didn’t necessarily know where we were going to take it, we just knew it was fun and we liked playing with each other” Moreau recalls.
The band was originally intended as a simple escape from the banalities of the everyday happenings that Otani, Moreau and Nicholson were involved in, but after a few months of playing with each other it quickly became a fulltime project when they gained recognition from Dylan Magierek (Badman Recording Co, Starfucker, Mark Kozelek, Type Foundry) who invited them into Type Foundry Studios in March of 2012 to record a demo. The Type Foundry sessions, which would later make up the limited run Learning EP, pushed the band to a more serious state.
With little intention of doing what they have in their young lifetime, just after six months into their existence, the band was invited on a sold-out spring 2012 tour with Black Moth Super Rainbow (Graveface). The opportunity to take Pictorials onto bigger platforms was a huge surprise for the band. With this privilege in mind, the band accepted it as a motivation to improve and hone in on their sound.
The After finishing a successful tour, the band did a limited run EP, and is preparing to release an addition EP in the winter of 2013, while additionally working on an LP. Audibly, Pictorials is a band that could have fit finely on any bill at The Haçienda. With combining post-punk elements with more modern dance-oriented rhythms, Pictorials is a fine fit next to many of yesterday's Creation, Factory and Rough Trade releases their sound recalls."
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