2 July 1973 (age 44)
As the voice of LA based indie-pop/Americana heroes Last December—who rose to prominence in the late ’90s—Peter Argyropoulos collected numerous accolades for his songwriting and producing. Their music was (and still is) regularly featured on network TV shows and films. After teaming up with veteran producer-engineer Brian Malouf to co-produce Last December’s acclaimed 2007 full-length, Hailstorm, Argyropoulos quietly began writing new songs for a solo project.
Upon rechristening himself with new stage name Pete RG and honing his voice to a powerful deeper register, he began the successful transition from bandleader to singer-songwriter. RG’s solo output—from the casual hums and whistles of “Baby Steps” to the earnest romantic yearning of “Rainy Girl”—exhibits his expertise at largely acoustic balladry. Starting this May, RG will be treating fans to a new single each month, all under the Rocket Science banner.
The short-term plan is to compile the monthly releases into a “Singles 2011” album, once there’s a suitable amount; RG will also be issuing alternate versions and mixes in the off weeks. In the meantime, he’s looking forward to freedoms singer-songwriters enjoy more often than full bands: touring with more regularity, retaining his prolific songwriting streak and even starting a blog at homebase, pete-rg.com. His forthcoming solo efforts were assisted by familiar Last December faces, Scotty Kormos and Adam Kury.
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