We're happy to announce the release of Mantra Song from our upcoming album "The Making of Laughter and Tears"!
Stay tuned for more soon, and thank you for listening!
We've been teasing a new album for a long time...
A really long time. Sorry about that.
Life got in the way for a while, but we're happy to report that a lot of progress has been made in the last several weeks regarding mixing and mastering.
Each step of this process spawns new ideas and rabbit-holes to explore, but that is what makes it fun!
We are going to get this thing out there as soon as humanly possible, promise!
From now until the album release, anyone who signs up for the mailing list will receive a preview track.
We are dying to share, yet want to hold off until it's all finished.
This approach has always paid off in the end!
Kayli threw down two more songs over Christmas break in the brand new Creature People studio (aka the basement of Ian's new house).
This new album has been a long time in the making, and at times seems like it will never be here. Living in separate states while both having full-time jobs makes any time we get to spend working on this special, and we can't wait until it's ready to share!
We're now up to 14 songs that could potentially go on it, which will most likely be narrowed down to 12 for the final release. Lots of tracking and mixing left for Ian to do still, but the end result feels like it's finally within reach.
Thank you to anybody who is listening!
Thanks to BIRP! for including "West Cozy" on the November 2016 playlist!
Fans of Joanna Newsom should definitely check out the brother-sister duo known as Creature People. Combining classical guitar and quirky, sugar-sweet vocals for a folk-infused brand of indie. “West Cozy” is the title track from the band’s 2015 release and leaves on with the impression that is was created by fairyfolk from some unseen realm of magic rather than actual human beings from Pittsburgh. Listen to “West Cozy” below and then dive on into other offerings from Creature People through their Bandcamp page.
I didn't want to let August slip away without posting something to the blog, so here is my uke tracking session for "Mantra Song". Don't let the cat's rudeness turn you off.
Greetings from Breckenridge, CO. We only had a short time to jam on this family vacation, but were able to produce this video in between goat sightings, pool parties, and way too much food.
Thanks to our new friends WeeClaire and Independent Clauses for giving us some links this week! It's fun to see clicks coming in from new places around the world. Please check out both of these blogs!
Creature People‘s Dark Ambitions is based on a recent trip to New York city.
It’s uncertain what went down in the Big Apple but as the track comes to a close, vocalist Kayli sings “dark ambitions are running this town, I don’t think I’ll stick around.” What happened? You decide!
The brother sister duo – Kayli and Ian – are a strange duo combining a 60s folk sound and awkward, haunting female vocals that make for an intriguing mix. It’s almost unnerving to listen at first but after a few plays, you’ll become utterly enchanted with the darkness that surrounds Creature People.
“West Cozy” – Creature People. By chance, I stumbled upon this text-based adventure game while I was listening to the song. Creature People’s mysterious, woodsy folk was the perfect accompaniment to a game that slowly unfolds itself as an adventure.
The May 2016 edition of The Indie Rock Playlist went online today, featuring Dark Ambitions. Thanks to them for including us again on their 10 year anniverary playlist! Check it out here.
Explosions of the Heart was also part of the March 2016 edition.
The two playlists together contain more than 10 hours of new tracks to discover, so get over there!
Two things have been on my mind since the last time we played live:
1. Electric acoustic tone could be improved.
2. I need to cut down on set-up time.
I found some gear that can help, and tried to outline the process a little bit, and give a breakdown of my setup.
If that sounds interesting, read on!
Tonight we played in the hallway. Here is Dark Ambitions:
We got to play a show on Saturday, so Ian is in Pittsburgh, and is spending the week here. We will be jamming, and recording some more songs. Here is a video from our practice for the show:
Here is the bass tracking session for "Fallingwater". Yeah, I know I'm just standing there for the first minute, but you have to get into it! See? Just look at how amped up I am.
Welcome to the brand new creaturepeople.org v2.0! I stayed up way too late for a few days straight to bring you what I consider to be a great band website. I tried to ride the line between classic (you early 2000's teens will remember) band website, and modern web dev practices to create an immersive experience with a lot of content to explore. All of the music that we have released is in the playlist, which you can open from the button in the top left corner of the page, or by clicking below:
We just finished editing a bunch of new live videos from our show on 2015-12-23 at The Chateau in Bloomington, IL.
A big thank you to Sagan Jacobson, Ohtis, and everyone who showed up for putting together a really memorable night!
Practicing for our show at The Chateau in Bloomington, IL on 2015-12-23 with Hannah Kerrigan.
Kayli is home for the week, and we've been staying up way too late recording a couple more tracks for our next album!
We did a quick "Live From the Universe" session today before our show at Bayardstown Social Club!
We recorded our practices this week, check out a few below!
Ian has made the trek to Pittsburgh to begin recording a new album and to play some shows. We have 3 live dates this week in Pittsburgh at Biddle's Escape (Thursday 30th), The Coffee Buddha (Friday 31st), and Bayardstown Social Club (Monday 3rd). Check out the shows page for more info.
The live rig is finally complete.
First, the pickup. I've never liked the dulled sound of an acoustic instrument through a piezo pickup. I found an alternative: Myers Pickups. This thing is an isolated condenser microphone on a gooseneck working as an active pickup, and it sounds great. The character of the uke really comes through when amplified.
Kayli was home for the week, so we got to practice and record a couple for YouTube:
I love Video Night in our household. This one comes from the brain of my beau, Jon-Michael Kerestes. Enjoy please... xoxo, Solar Baby.
I am very thankful to be blogging for the first time. It offers proof that I truly do exist. It's a chance to discuss very important issues with all the people that read (probably just myself and maybe my brother.) Issues such as;
- The weird goo that I just found underneath my fridge while cleaning. It may have been alive.
- My youngest cat toots really smelly toots sometimes, and I've never experienced cat farts before. They are a rarity it seems, and I'd prefer they stay that way.
- Most importantly issues regarding a parallel universe! Yes, I've just tapped into a crack in time, and realized that I've already existed before! See for yourself... Here I am singing through the body of some other lady about a subject I am very passionate about, basic math.