Locals: Aaron Troyer and the Voyeurs find 'Faith in the Unknown'
In October, Aaron Troyer played Carabar with his backing band the Destroyers. Now he's set to release a new solo album,Faith in the Unknown(Superdreamer Records), alongside the same players, now dubbed the Voyeurs. At future shows the collective might emerge as the Lawyers. Or the Employers.
The ever-shifting name reflects the loose, freewheeling feel the musicians bring to the stage (as well as the relative ease of rhyming words with "Troyer").
"Especially in my live bands, I don't spend too much time worrying about the details," said Troyer, who visits Used Kids Records for a record release show on Monday, Dec. 12.
All of the songs onFaith in the Unknown - the second 2016 solo album from the Day Creeper frontman following January'sSwift & True - were penned during Troyer's first summer off as a public school teacher, a three-month stretch where he spent countless hours holed up in a sunless basement either recording or making artwork. "Basically, the culminating products at the end of the summer were the [October] art show at Jewelweed [Floral Studio] and an album," Troyer said.
While Troyer tends to labor over his artwork - abstract watercolor collages that require intensive focus - the music always comes a bit more naturally, whether he's bashing his way through garage-rock nuggets like "Feel" or building celestial keyboard-and-voice numbers like "Faith in the Unknown," where the musician delivers his words atop synthesizer that sounds like a star being born.
Lyrically, however, the songs remain tethered to terra firma, with Troyer navigating everything from loneliness (a likely byproduct of all those solitary basement hours) to "Jury Duty," a playful cut informed by the musician's experiences traversing legal bureaucracy.
Troyer, 34, has been recording ceaselessly since he was 16 years old, and he still employs many of the same techniques he did as a teenager, recording to eight-track tape and eschewing digital technology, in part, to limit his options.
"With digital, if I wanted to record 164 tracks, I could do that, and I would never finish it," he said, and laughed. "With an eight-track, if you record with a live band, that's four tracks right there, so you can only do four tracks of overdub. I could do seven or eight guitar parts digitally, but I have to do one here, and I have to make it sound good. There's more immediacy to it."
Following this brief solo foray, Troyer plans to regroup with Day Creeper, which is currently on hiatus while Dan Ross crisscrosses Europe as a stand-in touring member for DTCV.
"We have breaks and we won't play for months sometimes, and that way when we do get back [to Day Creeper] we're excited and we like each other. We're not fighting or bitter," Troyer said, noting the band has a new album completed and coming early in 2017. "Doing something new is always rewarding in that way. It doesn't feel like it's been churned over and over again."
Used Kids Records
7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12
2500 Summit St., North Campus
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