Christopher Peifer | Suicide Mission(Garageland NYC)
New York's Christopher Peifer has gained notoriety in rock 'n' roll circles with such outfits as the Kowalskis, Frances Farmer My Hero, and, currently, Blockhouses. Peifer (guitar, bass, lead vocals) makes his solo debut with able assistance from Cold Spring's Todd Giudice (drums, vocals), his collaborator in another band, Pig Iron. The 10 tracks here range from the crunching sun-blasted power pop of "Madrid" to the jangling lover's lament of "Poughkeepsie." The record has an intimate, bedroom song quality that was engineered and mixed at Giduce's local Roots Cellar Studio. "This Broken Heart" boasts some fine, understated guitar work in the service of witty couplets such as: "My heart's been crushed like an empty valentine's box / Can't get blood from a stone, but my head's full of rocks," recalling the jaundiced pop smarts of Elvis Costello.