picard is now booking for fall 2014.
Dates until then will be rare.
Where did they come from?
who are they?
"Is he still drawing the pictures?"
"Yes, or we wouldn't be here....."
#1 was born out of a search to find a love of music in it's most raw form. After years of beatings from trying to make a living from music, this was an attempt to shed the chains of defeat. It was an experiment that was never meant to be what it has become. In truth, #1 gave birth to picard. The songs and the album were well under way before the band was even a thought.
Everything about picard is somewhat bipolar. It was never intended to be, but is. The music is serious and heartfelt, their attitudes are not. The band is known for being sarcastic, easy going and constantly joking. Somehow out of that group comes something serious and gripping. It has been said that the members of picard have inner adults trying to escape.
Seemingly fragile by auditory conveyance, picard is far from weak. The scope of trying to take in this album and knowing them personally is almost impossible. This was the challenge taken on by John L. Richardson. Richardson has a long history in the industry and took on the project knowing full well what he was getting into. Richardson's attention to detail and willingness to experiment was a perfect fit for picard. His drive to make sure the album was emotionally intense, but not in your face helped accentuate the writing style of picard.
#1 immediately throws it all at the listener with "Distending." This track is a bit overwhelming to start the album, but it almost prepares you for whats to come. It states clearly a search for things worth dying for and has counter melodies that almost shouldn't work. After the initial shock, #1 takes you on the journey. "Doolin-Dalton", and Eagles cover, comes second. It's a little known song by the Hall of Fame group that picard chose to display the wrong choices in life. picard's version of the song is almost unrecognizable compared to the original.
"Finally" brings a story of a hard fought for love. One that has obviously came after many hardships. Trying to recognize and hold onto a close relationship is a challenge and this song epitomizes that struggle.
For more about the album check out the album's website here
picard's live performances consist of synced video and intensity to help tell the story. It's almost impossible to take it all in. The intensity is different. It isn't thrashing guitars or screaming vocals. It's and emotional connection that brings you through hills and valleys internally. This all but ensures that you have a unique experience each time you see them. Though they save the video for headlining slots mostly, they do release the videos on occasion to the internet.
picard has taken the stance that the music is the purpose for the performance, not the other way around. This is why picard is not capitalized and the band does not release "Band Photos." This is done so the listener can have their own experience and meaning to the songs. Also because the whole point is the music. Not the show, not the video and definitely not the band members.
The band does not discourage photography at shows or fans releasing images. They feel that choice is for the fan to make. They choose to present picard as it's own entity. It's up to the audience to decide what they take from a performance.
"The drawings seem to be getting better..... All joking aside, it might be time for more serious treatment" ~ Dr. Jorgenson
"We are at our wits end. It's one thing to draw the end of the world, but to blieve it's the future?" ~ Sarah
"As I've said before, he is not alone. There are many people like him and plenty of treatments and therapies. Unfortunately it's not anything we can do when he is still in your home." ~ Dr. Jorgenson
"I really don't want him out of the house" ~ Sarah
"I know dear, but we are running out of options. He's constantly getting into fights, failing every class and we can't even talk to him anymore" ~ David
"I understand your frustrations, but we've done about all we can without bringing him to a facility designed to handle these conditions. The last thing I can recommend is telling him the consequences if he continues. Sometime the shock of facing the treatments can help them try to let go on their own. The treatments aren't anything to be afraid of necessarily, but it may be the jolt he needs" ~ Dr. Jorgenson
"I guess it's worth a shot. I don't know what else we can do" ~ David
"I want him to be healthy. That's my job. As much as I want that we have to face the fact that he will lead an emotionally troubled life if he continues and we have done all we can to keep him out of our care. Ultimately the choice is yours, but my professional opinion is more serious treatment is needed" ~ Dr. Jorgenson
ROSA is an epic sci-fi short film that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where all natural life has disappeared. From the destruction awakes Rosa, a cyborg deployed from the Kernel project, mankind's last attempt to restore the earth's ecosystem. Rosa will soon learn that she is not the only entity that has awakened and must fight for her survival.
The short-film was created entirely by young comic-artist Jesús Orellana with no budget during a single year. Since it's world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival, ROSA has been an official selection at film festivals around the world such as Screamfest, Toronto After Dark, Anima Mundi or Los Angeles Shorts Film Festival. In October ROSA was screened at the opening night of the Sitges International Film Festival, considered the world's best festival specialized in genre films.
Following the succesful festival run, the short film has attracted the attention of the major talent-agencies and Hollywood producers. 20th Century Fox will be adapting a Live-Action Feature of ROSA to be directed by Jesús Orellana. It will be produced by Simon Kinberg of Genre Films, along with Scott Glassgold & Raymond Brothers of I Am Entertainment. The script will be based on an original story by Jesús Orellana that will expand from the original short film.
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picard searches through piles of indepentent films to construct their videos. They give credit and link to any independent films used. They feel that these artists creating visual art and story lines are much the same as bands struggling to be seen and heard.
Independent film is the next generation of people striking a nerve with the masses. They are the ones who will give the next generation their favorite movies. Their favorite stories.
The band hopes to bring attention to these artists and recognize them for their visions. By finding films that can apply to their music they take a different view of the films themselves. Almost a "Cover" version of them if you will.
picard's members are from Eau Claire, WI. The midwest has often been disregarded when it comes to music. Though there are many great artists, most have gone un-noticed.
Most of the group's background is in heavier areas. Bands like Orestus, No Loving Place, Senza and a darker acoustic project "Namless Feeling". It was as much a surprise to the members themselves as it was to their normal fanbases what picard is. It was a direction that was new territory for them. This made it vulnerable and effectively more personal.
Lead Vocals, Bass, Keys, Guitar & Percussion
Guitars, Keys, Synths & Vocals
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