Singer Bret Busch – an Atlanta music scene veteran who currently channels Morrissey in the Atlanta-based Smiths tribute band Smithsonian –enlisted an intriguing batch of collaborators for his new album under his own name, Pills Lace & Confetti.
The onetime vocalist for Atlanta bands Parlour, Pardner, Ramada and The Hots, as will as frequent stage-mate of fellow Atlantan Kelly Hogan, lassoed bassist Will Joiner of The Rock*A*Teens (of which Hogan was an original member) to produce the record. A third Rock*A*Teens connection came into play when that band’s vocalist and songwriter, Chris Lopez, penned two new original songs for Pllls Lace & Confetti, on which Busch also reworks The Rock*A*Teens’ “Sun’s Up” from their 2000 album Sweet Bird of Youth. “I’m from South Georgia, and I think Chris is the quintessential, modern Southern rock artist,” Busch says. “I knew that his whole ‘50s-influenced vibe and his fascinating lyrics would be the perfect fit for this project.”
Other musicians on Pills – which blends classy lounge elements with country, jazz, psychedelic, tropical and jazz music – include Janelle Monae percussionist Rafael Pareira (who also co-produced and engineered the album) and fellow Monae backing musician Terrence Brown on synth and keyboards. Joseph Shabason of the Vancouver band Destroyer also adds saxophone flourishes.