Posted on: June 5, 2014 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0
The latest music video from PUJOL is for the song “Circles“.  The video, directed by Stewart Copeland, is composed of 16,000 still pictures that were assembled into clips inside Photoshop.  Daniel Pujol is singing and moving in half-time to a slowed down track, while the lizards move in real time.  This gives the video a very unique and cool feel.
Stewart Copeland and Daniel Pujol both talked to HitFix about the arduous process of making of the video.

PUJOL is currently on the road in support of KLUDGE and his raucuous, unrelenting live show is not to be missed! Upcoming tour dates below.
“Self-styled Southern-fried country punk.  He has a wiry, nasal voice, and his live shows are refreshingly raucous affairs.” -The New Yorker
“A totally indescribable, bounteous platter of offerings… PUJOL really is all over the musical map, covering a continent’s worth of sounds in an album, but the kid’s got moxy, or chutzpah, or something, and he’s pulling it off with aplomb… You can’t pin this cat down anywhere. This album is an aural pleasure ride that challenges the senses nicely.” -Impose Magazine
“When I first heard “Pitch Black,” my jaw hit the floor… It’s an old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll jammy jam made by a dude who knows that pop music should kick your teeth in and be out the door in three minutes or less.” -VICE
“PUJOL’s rousing but laid-back sensibility, and hearkens back to Exile on Main St.-era Rolling Stones with its bluesy guitars and loud chorus.” -Consequence of Sound
“If the level of sugary song-craft on this platter is any indication, he will not stay cult cramped for long… It’s sometimes shocking how catchy it is, especially considering how many little bits of tricks are zipping in and out of songs, not one element ever overstaying its welcome for even a second.” -CMJ
“The band sonically expands its sneering, Southern-accented punk and power-pop palette to include more keyboards, bigger guitars and a some good ol’ fashioned acoustic jangle.” -Nashville Scene


A kludge is:

“A clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem.”

“An ill assorted collection of poorly matching parts, forming a distressing whole.”

“A crock that works.”

In February of 2013, Daniel Pujol set out to write and record the follow-up to his debut album, 2012’s UNITED STATES OF BEING. Pujol and producer Doni Shroader set up shop in Mt. Juliet, TN at The Place: a suicide-prevention center for teens located in a strip mall. They used largely borrowed and donated gear, recording every day from 5pm until 6am, all the while breaking down and setting up the temporary studio every day between office hours. Mixing took place during the building of Battletapes, a two car garage that was in the midst of being converted into an acoustically treated, professional grade tracking room; building permit, construction workers, and all.  Following four months of vampiric living and working around conflicting schedules/eccentricities (the band, the engineers, the sun), Daniel, Doni, and Battletapes had finished the album they had been working towards. Recording and mixing happened in a “non-location” where things were being built or set up, in order to work on the album, working around the obstacles the location presented.

In short: Puj kludged KLUDGE.

KLUDGE idiosyncratically captures life as it exists in our weird almost future world of flying robots, cancer from food, cell phone wire taps, metadata, $7.25ish minimum wage and $15.50 an hour endless choice buffets. Yet, the album possesses that inherent sense of timelessness that exists in all great music. Thanks to its combination of addictively fetching rock ‘n’ roll and Daniel Pujol’s lyrical brilliance. The end result is more Malkmus than MacGyver, and proves yet again that Daniel Pujol is, first and foremost, a songwriter.

Examining well-worn subjects like love, death, authenticity, identity, alienation and society, Pujol applies a filter completely his own and brings these ideas to a place they’ve never existed before. His words examine the world with his signature brand of skepticism, humor, idealism, and an unmistakable earnestness and sincerity. Lead single “Circles” perfectly illustrates this with lines like “Show me that your sacred heart’s the human kindness kind / Show me more than 3D printers drawing skulls and knives / Show me more than kleptocratic demagogue control / Show me that you ain’t a lizard, show you’ve got a soul.”

Pujol delivers a sophomore record that pushes the intellectual boundaries of songwriting, while at the same time creating a superb, audacious punk rock record filled with moments of delicate beauty. To do just one of these things is rare, but to do all of that is a true feat… or just a crock that works.


6/06 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill $
6/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

6/08 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock $
6/10 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge $
6/11 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottle Neck $
6/12 – St. Louis, MO @ The Demo $
6/13 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzibar

6/26 – Huntsville, AL @ Vertical House Records
6/27 – Atlanta, GA @ 529
6/28 – Asheville, NC @ The Mill Room
7/16 – Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
7/17 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In !
7/18 – Oxford, MS @ Lamar Lounge
7/19 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
7/21 – Little Rock, AR @ Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack
7/22 – Dallas, TX @ City Tavern #
7/23 – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas #
7/24 – Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown #
7/25 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia #
7/26 – Jackson, MS @ Martin’s Lounge #
7/30 – Fort Wayne, IN @ The Brass Rail
7/31 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas %
8/02 – Birmingham, AL @ Secret Stages
9/27 – Cincinnati, OH @ MidPoint Music Fest


$ w/ Detroit Cobra
! w/ Black Lips
# w/ Natural Child
% w/ J Roddy & The Business




MAY 19, 2014

1. Judas Booth

2. Manufactured Crisis Control

3. Pitch Black

4. Circles

5. Dark Haired Suitor

6. Post Grad

7. Sacred Harp BFK

8. No Words

9. Spooky Scary

10. Small World

11. Youniverse




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