Pregnant is the decade-long experimental venture of avant-garde electronic pop alchemist Daniel Trudeau. Spawning from Placerville, California, the band is fronted by Trudeau with added instruments and vocals by a rotating cast of friends. The dreamy, complicated sound is perfectly pieced from a tangling array of samplers, drum pads, effects pedals, MIDI-loops, guitars, and synths. Submerge Magazine explains, “As a live act, the trio become a kind of living sound exhibit…reproduced seemingly out of thin air, filling the corners of any living room, stage venue, or theater with music that’s as much visual as aural.”
Pregnant has vinyl and cassette releases on a handful of labels. He recently finished his 100th track for his Your Song project- in which people donate $7 or more and Trudeau writes a song about them. They have played in houses and venues across the US, and also toured Japan, Korea, and most recently the UK in September of 2014. His “open-ended pop symphonies” have been adored around the world. In a review of their last vinyl release Inconvenience, Impose Magazine writes “Daniel Trudeau's Pregnant project has entered its prolific stage, in which we can look back upon his work and note the evolution from loop pedal virtuoso to Placerville family band to its current incarnation of three-piece band.”
For several years, Pregnant has blossomed a following in Long Beach, California. On a house show tour in September 2011, Pregnant performed in the living room at what would later become Porch Party Records. Trudeau's enthralling set captured the attention of the local music heads. Two years later, the house show hosts at “The Porch” decided to start a record label, appropriately named Porch Party Records.
Re-connecting with Trudeau, they signed Pregnant to release the album Inconvenience as a rare 10” colored vinyl. In March 2014, two months before it came out, The Porch invited Pregnant to once again share their mesmerizing live show with the LBC.
Surviving The Golden Age - Song/Video Premiere // "Daniel Trudeau launches into the electro-psychedelic track slowly the crowd begins to sway. As the track fills out, even the cameraman begins to wonder how so many sounds are coming from just two people so he explores a bit, revealing the band’s use of midi-pads, laptops, synths, guitars. It is quite the setup and sound to come from just two mere mortals."
Dublab - "Only Me" Music Video Premiere // “Most of the record deals with the inconvenience of everything… relationships with others, money, housing, energy, lack of this or that. I really wanted to imbue this entire album (lyrically) with that sense of overcoming inconvenience through adversity and love of the self. I find more and more that human beings consciousness’ are compromised by the norm thought process; making moral and ethical decisions based on what we have seen others do in the past etc. But so few of us use our intuition in decision making no matter what sort of power we may have or not have. The album is all about original thinking and using who one is to make the right decisions shed in the light of lone efforts to be what one wants to be (to be where one wants to be). Essentially the album is about using the mind to converse with and talk one’s self through discouraging situations." -Daniel Trudeau, talking with Dublab
Impose - Track Review / Interview // "Daniel Trudeau's Pregnant project has always been one of the most beloved in the greater Sacramento region (being very liberal including Placerville). Soon Pregnant will release the Inconvenience LP on Porch Party Records. Given my recent experience, it is undoubtedly the most anticipated Pregnant record to date, one that will garner long-deserved praise for a project that feels as though it is arching towards its fullest potential. On "FOREHEAD" (feat. Evelyn Quijas & Sean Ongley), Trudeau's magical thinking is being passed along to his offspring, but it's presented as mystical knowledge we might also consider. In two sentences he conveys a charming game to keep a child's imagination strong, protecting it from the pain of divorce. In giving the psychic power to us, Trudeau assures us the gift of imagination does not have to be denied or lost entirely, but still has use as a coping mechanism." -Blake Gillespie, Impose Magazine
Impose - Album Stream of "Inconvenience" // "Daniel Trudeau's Pregnant project has entered its prolific stage, in which we can look back upon his work and note the evolution from loop pedal virtuoso to Placerville family band to its current incarnation of three-piece band. Today, Trudeau adds Porch Party Records to his label list with the release of Inconvenience...the real growth is in the stuttering use of jazz samples, and instrumental cut-n-paste work that warms his project through the familiarity of hip hop production. He's found a middle ground in which his weirdness may exist without sacrificing his pop appeal." -Blake Gillespie, Impose Magazine
Bandcamp - Pregnant (additional releases)