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Interview: Peasant Chats About New Album Shady Retreat

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If all had gone according to plan Peasant (aka Damien DeRose) wouldn't have an album, let alone two. Heck, he probably wouldn't have bothered writing songs all, but as we all know, things rarely go according to plan. The cosmos usually finds some reason or other to throw us a curve-ball or in DeRose's case a sea lion.

With a full blown case of senioritis, DeRose and his friend decided to cut their last year short, dropped out, get their GEDs, buy a sailboat in Monterrey, and sail south. Their plan was derailed when they got to California to discover that their boat had been sunk repeatedly by sea lions leaving them with a wobbly wreck. Undeterred the guys went home to Philladelphia to make some money to fix it up, but in the interim had a falling out and the dream of the life on the open sea died.

And thank God it did because in it's place, DeRose decided to write an album in his bedroom which would later become his critically acclaimed debut, On The Ground. His stark honesty about a truly horrific break up and haunting voice won him favorable comparisons to Elliott Smith and Nick Drake. We caught up with DeRose earlier this week to talk about his sophomore release Shady Retreat. Here is some of what was said.

Peasant - Exposure