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Angry Inch Spawns Pagoda


01/23/07
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(Universal) The rock band Pagoda will release their eponymous debut album February 27, 2007 on Ecstatic Peace records + tapes. The band’s most notable member, vocalist and guitarist Michael Pitt, is probably most known for acting roles in films such as “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, Gus van Sant’s “Last Days” and Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers”. What most people don’t know is that he is also a talented singer and songwriter. Pitt has been performing music just as long as he has been acting. He formed Pagoda several years ago - which now consists of Reese Carr on drums and Willy Paredes on bass.

Sonic Youth legend and Ecstatic Peace founder, Thurston Moore, first met Pitt while composing music for the Larry Clark movie, “Bully” but it was a reintroduction through researching a role for the movie, “Last Days” (van Sant’s impressionistic take on Kurt Cobain’s final hours) where the young songwriter and Moore connected musically. At Moore’s apartment, van Sant prodded Pitt to play for Moore. “All I had lying around the apartment was a crummy electric guitar Michael took it and began to belt out a solo rendition of “Lesson Learned” (the first track on the Pagoda CD.) I was taken aback.” [check out the song at the full story link] From that meeting sparked the journey for Moore and Pitt which culminates with the album, Pagoda.
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