It is often said that tragedies help put us in touch with our creative side. This certainly proves to have been the case for Peter Walker, frontman of four-piece L.A. indie-rock outfit Eulogies and the friend and business partner of Dangerbird co-founder Jeff Castelaz. Shortly after the birth of Peter’s own son, he learned that Jeff’s son Pablo had a rare form of cancer.
Eulogies' first two releases, both thematically reliant on the ins-and-outs of relationships, suggested the band was content to make the same kind of color-by-numbers, misty-eyed indie pop ad infinitum. But life has a way of intervening, and in the case of Eulogies' ringleader Peter Walker, it was an unfortunate turn of events: Walker's best friend lost his four-year-old boy to cancer, just after the birth of Walker's own child. And Eulogies third album, Tear the Fences Down, was written with him in mind.
Eulogies is the extension of songwriter Peter Walker, who released two solo records in the early 2000s, then created Eulogies, a trio, out of members of his touring backup band. Now a quartet, this is their third full-length. Being a quartet strikes me as strange, because the songs on Tear the Fences Down almost never feel completely fleshed-out. There’s often an emptiness, sometimes so glaring as to be unpleasant, or the nagging need for something more in the mix.