After watching Radiohead tickets sell out in about -.09554 seconds, a new band began playing in my shuffled iTunes. I was planning on posting on these Northern folksters – but hearing their songs reminded me to do it now.
Port O’Brien started, as essentially, the one-man act of Van Pierszalowski. When chatting with Van about his music, I asked him to briefly describe himself and provide a short history.
“Port O’Brien is the musical project of Van Pierszalowski, who is an awkward looking Polish 21-year old. His father is a commercial salmon fisherman who works on Kodiak Island in Alaska. Van spends his summers up there working. On the boat, they stay for many months at a time with no shower and no toilets (the answer to your question is a bucket).”
Since the start of his project in January 2005, he’s added a few members here and there including some delightful female vocal chords.
“Cambria Goodwin makes it easier to watch Van perform because she is pretty (which Van isn’t) and well-groomed (which Van definitely isn’t) and looks like Snow White (which Van onced dressed up as in 3rd grade only to be called ‘ugly’ and ‘gay’).”
They may remind you of a darker Decemberists sound with their emphasis on strings and folkish ballad style of lyrics. The project is still young and very local, but after another summer on a boat in the Alaskan sea.. it’ll be interesting to see how their sound develops in the coming months.