HORN PLAYER FROM BEATLES' 1967 SESSION GRACES NEW ALBUM 'GERONIMO!' (OCT. 14 / HIGHLINE RECORDS)
While 'Geronimo!' has earned Piney Gir comparisons to fellow indie-poppers who draw on the 60s such as Jenny Lewis and Nellie McKay but there's another connection to the flower-power era. French horn on Piney's album comes from authentic 60s rock 'n' roller Tom Bennellick, who also played brass on Beatles album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.'
Piney discovered Tom at a country pub in Oxford, playing covers in a local band. She recalls, "They had this hot band with all these old session players. So I asked the brass section if they'd play on my album and they nonchalantly said , 'Sure.' I asked if they had ever been on an album before, and Tom replied with a knowing smirk, 'Uh yes, actually, I played on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.'"
Though main sessions for the album took place in LA with Rob Campanella of Brian Jonestown Massacre producing, Bennellick did his part as an overdub from a recital hall at Oxford University in the UK in just one take.
Q Magazine called 'Geronimo!,' already out in the UK, "exuberant, bursts with joy, divine."
A Kansas-born expat living in London, Piney has opened for the likes of Brian Jonestown Massacre, Wanda Jackson, Erasure, and Martha Wainwright. Her music has been featured in the TV shows Misfits (E4), Made In Chelsea (E4), Hit & Miss (Sky TV) and Private Practice (ABC) and has been featured in the New Singles & EPs section of the iTunes Store in the UK. She has performed at numerous festivals, including Glastonbury, Bestival, Big Chill, Larmer Tree, Wychwood, Cornbury, Camden Crawl and SXSW. Piney Gir is also a former member of the all-girl, art-rock, cult-classic group The Schla La Las and the synth-pop duo Vic Twenty.