Pillowfighter is made up of trained musicians Margaret White and Joe Seely. They reside in the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn. An evening stroll through the bucolic paths of nearby Prospect Park provides the perfect backdrop for their tunes that range from traditional folk balladry to chamber pop.
Pillowfighter features Margaret, a classically-trained violinist and multi-instrumentalist from Winston-Salem, NC. Folding her effortlessly lyrical fiddlework and voice into the rock stylings of local darlings including; The Comas, Regina Hexaphone, and Portastatic, it combines with Joe to create a true folk act true to their roots.
She hit the road, touring with such luminaries as; Cat Power, Belle and Sebastian, and the magical Sparklehorse. Currently, she is one of New York City’s most highly sought after violinists, playing with bands as diverse as pop tunesmith Mascott, modern troubadour Kevin Devine, up-and-coming purveyor of warm Americana Doug Keith, and the new incarnation of New York indie-rockers Versus (mogmusic.com).
Meanwhile, Joe came of age in Seattle, WA, playing guitar, keyboards, and singing with his brother, Tim Seely (armyoftim.com), in the band Actual Tigers, whose lone Capitol Records release, Gravelled and Green, was produced by Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello), and garnered much critical acclaim. During the tour for this release, they were invited to play a series of West Coast dates with their favorite band, Sparklehorse. During the sound check at Berbati’s Pan in Portland, OR, Joe first saw Margaret plucking on a banjo and singing sweetly. Promptly, Joe dropped his amp in awe, wiped the stardust from his eyes, and used his penchant for hand-wringing awkwardness to cobble together a few sentences to share with Margaret during the week, including an unusually anachronistic entreaty to become pen pals.
In 2002, Joe began crafting soft, romantic folk songs in his basement apartment. He passed out these homemade cassettes and CD’s under the name Pillowfighter, playing the occasional solo show in an attempt to completely destroy his ego. Undaunted, he continued to write more songs, making sure to leave space in the arrangements for Margaret, whenever he may find her (myspace.com/joeseely).
Then, in 2007, their lives converged again, in Nashville, TN, while both were working on a record with Sam Watts and his project Ghosts I’ve Met. At the end of a muggy, rustic tour of the American South, Margaret joined Joe onstage as Pillowfighter at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle. Their musical friendship blossomed into a life together, and their mutual affection is evident in their first tandem effort, Grow Slow with Me.
Enlisting Craig Chin (craigchin.com), a Brooklyn (by way of Texas) singer-songwriter with a passion for ’60′s psychedelic pop, to produce the record in his attic studio, they’ve dressed each song up with a dreamy ambience, due to each musician bringing their unique perspective to the studio in a spirit of true collaboration. At the annual Love Hangover event in Brooklyn over the past few years, Pillowfighter has covered tunes from acts such as The Ronettes, Madonna, Tom Petty, Built to Spill, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, and their beloved Sparklehorse. In various measures, all these elements and influences blend to form the open-hearted sound that is Pillowfighter.
Pillowfighter are a Blue Pie Records USA artist and are published by Blue Pie Publishing USA (ASCAP).