People say we’re living in a golden era of television and that’s apparently true: not only is Television playing a rare (free!) gig at the House of Vans in October (if you failed to RSVP, they’re also doing a Boston date), but the band’s ex-guitarist, Richard Lloyd, is playing Bowery Electric later in the month.
Last week, Thurston Moore talked about Television’s influence on his early lyric writing when he spoke at Rough Trade. “The fact that Television was a band that named themselves after a household banality — that was really shocking to me,” he said, adding that he studied Marquee Moon when it first came out. “Those lyrics were really fascinating to me.”
Of course, he isn’t the only one who fell under the band’s sway. The Strokes have often been compared to Television and, in turn, Public Access TV has often been compared to the Strokes (frontman John Eatherly and guitarist Xan Aird played in The Virgins, who were signed by Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas). Which brings us to the new single by Public Access TV. The band is currently streaming “Patti Peru,” which will soon be released on a single, “Patti Peru / In Love And Alone,” as well as on the band’s debut album, out early next year.
According to Eatherly, the song speaks to what Public Access TV went through after losing its rehearsal and living space in the East Village explosion. “Patti Peru is about that feeling that comes when everything seems so completely fucked and crazy that you wanna give up… but for whatever reason there is still something that makes you keep going,” Eatherly says in a press release. “It was pretty fitting for what we were going through and the band needing each other to get through it all.”
Public Access TV is touring with Hinds this month and playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 27.
Meanwhile, there’s also news from TV on the Radio — not to be confused with Television or Public Access TV. Band member Davide Sitek’s label has just released “Let It Grow” by Maximum Balloon, a side project of TVOTR’s frontman Tunde Adebimpe’s and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. (Between that and his side project with Mike Patton of Faith No More, his recent Colbert appearance with Run the Jewels, and his acting career, Tunde really gets around.) The song was streaming earlier this summer but is now available via Spotify and iTunes. Or just (re-)listen to it below.
Update: How could we forget that industrial stalwarts Psychic TV are doing a rare show at Pioneer Works on Saturday. Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Co. will be playing old songs and new. They’ll be joined by openers Haribo, WETWARE, and B+B favorite Shilpa Ray. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.