End of the Sweet Parade
Stamen & Pistils began in 2002 as a side project of Raul Zahir De Leon, whilst working on music as Radel Esca, Dead Artists, and with the Sugar Coated Bullets. Collaborations with Miguel Lacsamana on a few Radel Esca songs became a catalyst for what was to happen. S&P became an outlet for a more direct, simpler, songwriting process, opposed to the intricate sample based work of either Radel Esca's or the Sugar Coated Bullets' music. Over the next year, Stamen & Pistils became more of a serious effort as the duo began to buckle down and focus more on songwriting. The band has shared the stage with bands such as The Dirty Projectors, Telepathe, Asobi Seksu, The Blow, Dear Nora, YACHT, and more. 2005 saw the release of their debut effort, 'End of the Sweet Parade,' gaining them critical recognition by sources such as The Wire and The Washington Post. This fall, they went on a mini-tour with their brothers in arms, Portions Toll, and released a split single which is now available. Coming out of Washington DC, they come with a sound very atypical of what is commonly expected to come out of the city. The music is largely acoustic based pop, filled out with programmed beats and synths to form a sort of controlled chaos. Influenced as much by the future as by anachronism. While recognizing and respecting the long standing music traditions of the city, Stamen & Pistils aim to create something new and sincerely their own: a highly textured sonic pallet of fuzzy pop, deconstructed just enough to remain consistently innovative.