Bayonne readies Primitives, shares "Appeals"

Roger Sellers is a lot of things. He’s a minimalist composer with a knack for making hypnotic, enveloping songs from a few repeated musical phrases. He’s a gifted musician who is mostly self-taught, having abandoned formal study because it was draining the life from his work. He’s a self-described disciple of Phil Collins. What he is not, however — despite multiple press reports to the contrary — is a DJ.
“I started developing a decent following in Austin,” he says, “but most of the time when I would play, the press would say something like ‘Local DJ Roger Sellers,’ or ‘Roger Sellers is playing a late-night DJ set.’ I think it was maybe because my live set involves a table full of gear, a drum set and headphones, but the average person probably knows more about DJing than I do.'” To combat the misunderstanding, Sellers printed up stickers reading, “Roger Sellers is Not a DJ,” and eventually adopted the alias Bayonne, changing his name without altering his approach.
Primitives, Sellers’ debut as Bayonne, is a rich, complex work, the kind with no clear rock parallel. In its winding, maze-like structures are hints of both Steve Reich and Owen Pallett, each instrument working a single melodic pattern over and over and over, as Sellers threads his soft, reedy voice between them. Primitives is set for release on Mom+Pop Music on March 25.

Catch him live here:
January 19: Boston, MA – O’Brien’s
January 20: Washington, D.C. – Black Cat
January 21: Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
January 23: Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right (late show)
January 26: Chicago, IL – Schubas
January 27: Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
May 27-30: Sasquatch Music Festival