"Like sunny fall days that grow dark too soon, Pictorials' debut EP, Learning, is glorious and then it's done. At just four songs long, it's the best possible advertisement for the album they damn well better be hard at work making right now. The songwriting is beautiful and the lyrics sound as if they really mean something, but Pictorials are a rock band, and the guitar is the most important part. "
Debut EP for our friends and family's listening pleasure, "LEARNING". Out physically October 8th. Recorded and mixed at Type Foundry in Portland, OR with Dylan Magierek in March of 2012. It was mastered in Chicago by Carl Saff.
Out physically on a limited run of 250 CD's October 8th, in which we'll design a CD cover unique to every physical release --- Please Email Pictorialsband@gmail.com for the details. CD's are $5.00
We'll have a special early CD release in Portland, OR at Holocene's LABLEMATES on Sept. 19th, where we'll be giving away some copies for free!
Morgan Nicholson - Vox, Guitar
Mike Moreau - Bass, Keys, Vox
Nate Otani - Drums and Keys
" We knew there had to be folks in Oregon that could write good pop records without having to wedge in the weird tendencies, it just took us awhile to find them. "
[DANCEABLE ROCK] Pictorials are the most appropriate prom band never to have graced the prom scene of an ’80s film. The local group's modest guitar pop isn't necessarily ’80s; it just has the same feeling as all those Molly Ringwald flicks. When the quartet performs live, the epicness of its indie gems comes alive to spark the dance floor with full-on energy. Led by frontman Morgan Nicholson's monotone voice, there are nonstop beats and swelling keyboards here to win the hearts of babes, and a dance factor that made for a good match with Black Moth Super Rainbow, which the local band supported on tour earlier this year.
-----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 to record an EP. The Type Foundry sessions, which would later make up the Learning EP, pushed the band to a cohesive state.
With little intention of accomplishing 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.
Pictorials have been featured in the San Francisco Gaurdian, Impose Magazine, Willamette Weekly, LA Weekly and various other publications. After finishing a successful tour with Black Moth Super Rainbow, the band is gearing up to release their first EP, Learning, on their own imprint déjà view in September of 2012. 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."
- Pop, rock