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Day Laborers & Petty Intellectuals

by Day Laborers & Petty Intellectuals

A six-piece folk-apocalypse band from Seattle, WA featuring piccolo, trumpet, cello, violin, bucket drumming, and six-part harmonies, not to mention heartfelt songs about love, life, and the end of the world.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What's the Meaning of This Magic?
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2. Irene, Goodnight
5:57 $0.99
3. Sixpence
4:31 $0.99
4. In the Beginning
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5. What the Hell Happened?
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6. Jericho
5:38 $0.99
7. Everyone Makes a Mistake or Two
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Album Notes
“Be regular and orderly in your life, like a good bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”
– Gustave Flaubert

"I do ballads that say what every man wants to say and that every woman wants to hear, or I do songs about social issues."
– Kenny Rogers

Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals is a six-piece folk-apocalypse band from Seattle, WA. Born in a tiny cabin on the shores of Lake Washington as the solo project of songwriter-singer-guitarist Robert Anderson, DL&PI has grown to include piccolo, trumpet, cello/violin, bucket drumming, and six-part harmonies, not to mention heartfelt songs about love, life, and the end of the world. DL&PI has been bringing their cacophonous blend of indie rock, folk, punk, country, and jazz to the barrooms and bedrooms of the Puget Sound since 2012.

The project’s name was lifted from the Prison Notebooks of Antonio Gramsci, who wrote of two classes of “subversives”: the drunken, good-for-nothing day laborer, and the petty bourgeois intellectual, neither of whom seems to make any real contribution to society. For aspiring subversive songwriters such as we, the name embodies the split personality of the young American good-for-nothing: half day laborer, toiling in the fields for little to no pay and drinking away her wages come evening, and half petty intellectual, debating contemporary social and economic issues and theorizing grandly about the coming revolution. You might find fragments of this philosophical grounding in the lyrics of the songs. Or you might prefer to ignore them and just dance.

The band is:

Rob Anderson – guitar, lead vocals
Jessie Kindig – flute, piccolo, glockenspiel, vocals
Tim Thomas – bass, percussion, vocals
Kirsten Eklund – violin, cello, vocals
Aubrey Jenkins – drums

Reviews and Press:

"...spit-shine polished instrumentation, coupled with hyperliterate pastoral storytelling lyrics, that together equally recalls both the Avett Brothers and the Mountain Goats" -- The Stranger, May 2012

"Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals will not only have you tapping your feet to their energetic executions, but also, if you’re game, contemplating your own philosophies." -- SSG Music, August 2012

"The arrangement and production on this song are fantastic; the band gradually builds and swells, holding off on the big refrain for as long as possible, drawing back like a wave from the shore, and then lapping your toes again with [their] final statement on the subject" -- Levi Fuller (Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly) on "Irene, Goodnight", November 2013

"Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals’ self-titled album is quite impressive. The recording is immaculate, the songwriting is impeccable, the lyrics are strong, and the moods are enveloping. What else are you waiting for? Go get this one. " -- Independent Clauses, December 2013



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