We Were Pirates is DC-area native and multi-instrumentalist, Mike Boggs. Boggs writes and records his songs in his home-studio.
Boggs is currently in the process of releasing the second We Were Pirates full-length record, Change. Due out in January of 2012, Change strays from the traditional straight-ahead indie-pop of 2009’s Cutting Ties and features a slightly more mature, aggressive sound. Fea...r not though, the new songs have the same trademark WWP catchiness that will cause listeners to curse the band while humming the infectious melodies over and over.
Change is the first We Were Pirates record to feature contributors Gabe Fry (The NRIs) on guitar and Kate Rears Burgman (The Alphabetical Order) on cello and bass. Also a departure, the mastering process was outsourced to the very capable TW Walsh (Sufjan Stevens, David Bazan, Ra Ra Riot).
2009’s Cutting Ties was fortunate enough to reach #41 on the CMJ Top 200 chart for college music airplay in 2010. That same year MTV featured “Don’t Forget” and “Settle Down”, two tracks from Cutting Ties, on “The Real World: DC”. Cutting Ties also features a version of “The Three of Us,” a cover song that Boggs recorded which was featured on the Chicago Public Radio show, This American Life. As a result, Chicago Tribune rock critic and co-host of Sound Opinions, Greg Kot, heard We Were Pirates’ version of the song and described it thusly: “Pure pop. This should be the next Fountains of Wayne single…genius.”
At the moment We Were Pirates live shows feature Gabe Fry, Kate Rears Burgman, and Drew Theimann.