Sounds Like: Einstein on the Beach: The Alt-Pop Years
For Fans of: Animal Collective's prismatic glee, Dosh's loony loops, Philip Glass' catchiest pulses
Why You Should Pay Attention: Using a hillock of mixers, pedals, keyboards and sequencers to build his big pop songs, Roger Sellers first earned attention onstage in his homebase of Austin. However, hidden behind wires and surrounded by beats, many mistook him for a DJ. He took the moniker Bayonne and began piecing together Primitives, the arching and immersive debut he will release through Mom+Pop on March 25th. He will be coming to your town soon, as his schedule is filled with club dates with Small Black and festivals like Sasquatch and Levitation. "We don't have the entire year booked up yet," says Sellers, who is still not a DJ. "But it's pretty busy. We're going to be all over the place."
He Says: Sellers first got into music at age three — falling for Clapton and playing guitar. "I was obsessed with Eric Clapton, and when we moved into our new house, when I was five or six, my parents bought Eric Clapton & Friends: Live 1986, and Phil Collins plays drums. They did 'In the Air Tonight,' and it was the coolest thing I'd ever seen. My first concert was when I was nine, with Phil Collins — here I was, this little kid, watching this man play the drums," says Sellers. "I was always trying to imitate somebody at some point, and my Phil Collins obsession was how I learned to play the drums."
Hear for Yourself: When Sellers began cutting Primitives, he worried the energy of his live setup, which causes him to volley between pedals and sequencers and drum kits, would be lost. Captured by Philadelphia's Out of Town Films, watching this studio take of "Appeals" makes sure you won't miss it. Grayson Haver Currin