"Nobody is sure who to compare us to," said Pivitplex's lead singer Scott Brownson. "I believe that lyrics and music influence each other, and I just allow the songs to happen." And that is certainly true of Pivitplex's sound -- it's fresh and unique, it can't be classed as trendy New Wave throw-back or melodic American rock with Brotish pop overtones -- it's almost too cool for that...
Brownson started the band in his native Montana, so perhaps it was the mountain air that added to the creativity, but whatever the secret inspiration, Pivitplex's 2006 album The King In A Rookery oozes melody, raw guitar overtones, and intelligently insightful lyrics. Good songs extend past trends and influences of now -- and The King In A Rookery is exactly that -- an album packed full of really good songs.
Pivitplex's debut album, Under Museum Quality Glass, was an independent effort which offered up the radio hit "You Know" and introduced Pivitplex to large audiences with a national release on BEC Recordings in 2003. The band hit the road, covering over 30 states, developed a strong fanbase and shared the stage with bands like Switchfoot and Audio Adrenaline.
Constant touring and three years of trials and joy fueled the content of The King In A Rookery. "Being away from family, the sudden death of my brother-in-law, my daughter's recovery from a coma. I have had some joyous highs and sad lows. I had to allow the songs that were flowing out of me to just be," said Brownson.
They took what was an evolving sound and joined forces with GRAMMY-winning producer Jason Burkum. Together they documented Pivitplex's sound, combining vintage rock sonics and refreshing melodic harmonies. "I wanted to allow the songs to breathe and specifically chose not to over-do saturated guitars that is so common nowadays," said Joby Rudolph, guitarist. "We let the notes and the tone of instruments come through -- letting the melody have the impact instead of big distorted guitars. In a way it was like putting together this giant puzzle; from tracking drums in a backstreet studio to backing vocals in a bedroom -- but the pieces fitted perfectly."