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Artist of the day: Pretty Voices

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Imagine a Frankenstein's monster made with the parts of Iggy Pop, Pete Shelley, Lou Reed and Peter Murphy. You'd get Pretty Voices, an ironically-named garage rock group that forged from the ashes of the defunct Crippled Masters and Popular Mechanics.

Nick St. Hilaire (guitar and vocals), Dan Rasp (guitar), Chris Cosgrove (drums) and Roger Peterson (bass) have only been playing together a few months, but have already earned a few fans in the St. Pete Scene.

Pretty Voices performs with Nessie and Geri X. Saturday Friday night at the Emerald Bar, 550 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg; $3.

Click here to listen to a live recording of their track House Party. And after the jump, get Julie Garisto's full profile of this St. Pete supergroup...

The band: Roger Peterson, bass; Chris Cosgrove, drums; Dan Rasp, guitar; and Nick St. Hilaire, guitar and vocals.

Crippled Masters and Popular Mechanics: St. Pete’s Crippled Masters committed hara-kiri after a nearly two-decade run last year as one of the ’Burg’s most beloved garage rock bands. Peterson said he felt burned out and needed a break, but Cosgrove got the bug to start playing again and fished Roger in less than a year later.

They teamed up with buddies Rasp and St. Hilaire who had a party band, playing “punk staples and early new wave stuff,” according to Rasp. His and St. Hilaire’s band name, Popular Mechanics, was voted by friends at a “democratic party” celebrating Election Day.

They had their first show out of town at Rasher Tierney’s in Bradenton late summer, but some St. Pete Scene regulars got a sneak peek before they would debut at their regular watering hole, the Emerald Bar. Peterson says Dave “Car Bomb Driver” Reeder attended the debut and gave his nod of approval, and said he wants to book a show with them.

Voices, hairy: Peterson says they named the band ironically.

What does it sound like? Imagine a Frankenstein monster made with the parts of Iggy Pop, Pete Shelley, Lou Reed and Peter Murphy.

Pop goes the cherry: Rasp’s first show was with the Pretty Voices at Rasher Tierney’s.

Grown-ups with real jobs: Cosgrove owns Cosgrove Precision Components, Peterson consults for developers seeking eco-friendly solutions, Rasp is a mechanic, and St. Hilaire is a chiropractor. Peterson, who used to own his own recycling business, says he’s still adjusting to a somewhat button-up job. “I tease my boss that I’m going to dye my hair green and shave the company’s logo into the back of my head.”

Songwriting personalities: "When I write lyrics — it’s not automatic writing — but I like assembling phrases that sound good together," said Rasp. Peterson says he’s more “situational,” like when he wrote Purgatory, a song about a hapless romantic getting burned by the lovers he finds on Craigslist.com. The guys say St. Hilaire’s is more sardonic, but his Pin Prick is a heartfelt tune that betrays his snarky humor.

Respect to a former leader: Peterson gives props to Pete De Long, front man of Crippled Masters. “(He) was a great influence. He taught me how to be in a band.”

Hear them: With Nessie and Geri X. Saturday Friday night at the Emerald Bar, 550 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg; $3.

-- Julie Garisto, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:13pm]

    

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