We Were Pirates is the musical brainchild of Mike Boggs, a multi-instrumentalist who writes and records songs in his home studio in the DC area. Boggs has released three albums, an EP, and a film score for ‘Dear Mr. Watterson.’
Wired magazine featured We Were Pirates in their March 2012 issue following the release of the second album, Change. The feature said, “You heard this band’s public radio-friendly pop on This American Life and you heard its tracks on MTV’s: The Real World: DC. So don’t miss ‘Better Off Without You’ from the new album. Catchy synths will have your crew dancing a jig.”
In 2013, Boggs wrote and recorded an original film score for ‘Dear Mr. Watterson.’ The film is a documentary about the impact of the comic strip, Calvin & Hobbes. This American Life featured We Were Pirates again, when they played ‘A Strange Experience’ from the film score on Episode 512. In 2014, We Were Pirates performed songs from ‘Dear Mr. Watterson’ live at screenings of the film in Baltimore and DC.
2016’s Matter finds Boggs exploring a mellow, electronic aesthetic. A return to simple, melodic songs. Existential questions are asked about life, loss, and love. Washington Sinfonietta Co-Principal Cellist Kate Rears Burgman again joined Boggs and contributed cello and bass guitar on select tracks. TW Walsh (Pedro the Lion) mastered the album.
We Were Pirates live shows feature Kate Rears Burgman on bass, Pat Frank on percussion, and Scott Greenberg playing guitar.