Peck the Town Crier

Peck the Town Crier

Chris Peck (the Town Crier) comes from the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied jazz and composition at NYU, as well as lefty political movements. Moving back west in 2003, Peck explored rapping and movement art. He formed a new style as he mixed with San Francisco's vital Mission District poetry scene. Peck's last full-length, Groundhog's Day was gestated on the street. "I wrote all those raps on Thursday nights, at the corner of 16th & Mission," Peck explains, "there are a hundred performers out there every week. It's cultural chaos, with poets, break dancers, homeless folks speaking their piece. There's no microphone, and it's hard to grab people's attention. All of that album was forged in those fires." Peck was dubbed "the Town Crier" by director Naftali Beane Rutter, a long-time collaborator who most recently made Peck's Underwear music video. "He called me 'Town Crier' because I was always telling his secret stories, so it was sort of an affectionate jab, and it stuck. But, on a deeper level, I was constantly performing in public. I was seeing myself as a herald, telling the news of the day in an old-world way. So it seemed like destiny when he called me 'the Crier'." What's next in the Crier's destiny? "I am releasing two EP's this summer: Homephone and Ghost of Payphone, on opposing sides of a 12" record. I'm releasing my first novel on June 25th, in memory of somebody who passed that day. I am also finding ways to break-open the album-making process, involving video and public performance. My next video is gonna be called Love Seeing Lovers, and it will a product of that exploration." Peck's audience has learned to expect surprises from him; only he knows what's next, and he seems happy to keep it that way. (Other recent projects by Peck include Le Chronique, a free download album by his live band, The Crymuscles. It can be had at www.lechronique.net Peck also maintains a blog at www.peckthetowncrier.com)