Thank you friends, family and fans in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston and NYC…shouts of “SAMURAI!” never sounded so good! We managed to skirt the Polar Vortex and make it home–apparently the official term for the genesis of these things is “Bomb Cyclone“! In any case our hearts have been filled, our songs have been sung and so we push forward into the new Fall/Winter season. We will be do our best to add more anecdotes/hijinx and blog content re: our east coast tour in the upcoming weeks, so check back!
On the PDX home front we wanted to make you aware of Kyleen’s recent escapades. She recently recorded strings and background vocals on My Morning Jacket’s upcoming release as well as the upcoming record from The Decemberists entitled, “What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World“. Please do yourself a favor and purchase copies for your whole family HERE, after all the Holiday season is approaching quickly!
For those of you who may be visiting or living at the beautiful Oregon Coast, we will be doing a three day long residency at The Adrift Hotel & Spa in Longview, WA (just up the road from amazing Astoria, OR). The dates are November 17th-19th. We’ve done this residency before and we’ve found that it is a unique opportunity to connect and relax in an intimate environment with people from around the globe.
Lastly, as you can see from the show poster below, we have a big night of music coming up for all the folks who are hunkering down in PDX. Our friends in the band Black Prairieinvited us out to support them on a bill at Doug Fir Lounge on November 21st. As is the case with any show Black Prairie does these days, this will sell out…so get your advance tix HERE if you plan on joining us! If you don’t already know, 4/6ths of Black Prairie play and tour full time with The Decemberists. Since those members will be out galavanting across the world supporting the upcoming record I mentioned earlier, this will be a special chance to see them live. This will also be our opportunity to unveil the new arrangements and songs that we’ve been working so much on! “Something’s Missing”, “Big Moments” and “Breaking Up is Easy” are all new and will all be included on our setlist 🙂
Poster design: Chris Bigalke // www.showdeer.com
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A couple of recent pics from our live shows! We’re excited to be supporting The Minus 5 (!) at the 2014 Portland Film Festival 8/30/14. If you would have told us in our youth that someday we’d be sharing the stage with Scott McCaughey of The Young Fresh Fellows & Peter Buck of R.E.M. we would have been dumbfounded…
Live @ The Crystal Ballroom, Portland 6/12/14 photo: James Dineen
Live @ Mississippi Studios, Portland 7/11/14 photo: Carleen Nikzi
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Below is our complete upcoming European tour schedule, complete with links to the venues and ticketing information! We are also excited to announce that we’ll be celebrating our tour homecoming back in Portland with a huge show supporting Swan Sovereign at The Crystal Ballroom…a night of “swans”!
Things are starting to get busy for us here in Portland as we put the finishing touches on the mixes for our new record. As we’ve mentioned before, the wonderful John Askew has been at the engineering helm throughout the mixing process and we are the better for it. We’re fans of his work with Neko Case, First Aid Kit, Richmond Fontaine, Alela Diane and Peggy Sue among many others. There is no doubt that he is bringing a sense of dimensionality and perspective to the record. The above picture is of us listening to playback of some of his mix magic in his studio, Scenic Burrows…
Our first tour in Europe is going to be whirlwind! We’re excited and feel incredibly fortunate that Portland filmmaker Scott Ballard will be coming along with us to shoot footage of the whole tour. Scott has risen to the forefront of the emerging Portland film scene. His work on How The Fire Fell, Welcoming Departure, and A Standing Still has earned him a reputation in international film circles. We have dates planned in the Netherlands, Germany, France, and England, with some more potentially in Spain. Here is what is happening as it stands now:
(note, all venue names are clickable for address and ticket information)
We are bouncin’ on our toes with excitement for our next show at Mississippi Studios! It bears the come-hither title of “Ladiez Night” and promises to be a mighty display of formidable and fantastic female talent in Portland. We are thrilled to open up for Sallie Ford, Luz Elena Mendoza (Y La Bamba) and our sometimes-touring-buddy, Rebecca Gates. This line-up is presented by Elizabeth Elder and Rachel Milbauer of the PDX music podcast “Party Boyz.” Kill Rock Stars and She Shreds will be in attendance, and a portion of each ticket is slated to benefit the Rock’n’Roll Camp for Girls. The Party begins at 8 PM on Friday, March 7th and costs 15 bones at the door.
If you’ve never seen us play live, you can read a write-up of our last show (which was ridiculously fun) HERE.
In other news, we spent Super Bowl Sunday overlooking the ocean and watching drunken Seahawk fans clad in jerseys dance to our newest 12/8 rocker, Samurai! It was pretty righteous. And so was The Adrift Hotel in Long Beach where we had our weekend residency. The above photo was taken in this coastal town full of buoys, run-a-away artists and beach bikes on one of our Band Runs. (One of the ways we keep it together on the road besides chips and cocktails.)
But the highlight of our winter tour with the musical luminary Lara Michell was our show in Astoria at The VooDoo Room. We should have known from the magic parking spot that it would be like playing in an alternate reality. In a room full of kind strangers under the spell of the best bartender I’ve ever met, (Josh you Rock!), our friends from Blind Pilot, Typhoon, and Wild Ones suddenly materialized!! It was a little slice of home surrounded by skulls and beads and a giant ouija board pub table. We were bewitched and glad for it.
Coming sooooooooooon: news on our upcoming album which is gaining new levels and a new life this month at Mix Foundry under the wizardry of John Askew. ALSO: dates for our uncoming tour to Europe and the UK!
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We have shifted our European tour from November of this year to May/June of 2014 to allow for additional performance opportunities. Stay tuned, as we will be posting updates when shows are confirmed. Get ready for an art-pop explosion, Europe!!!
Netarts, on the Oregon coast, is a quaint and inviting town where we are currently imbibing in a restful and picturesque work retreat. So far, we have digested 3 out of 4 Indiana Jones films (in a row), done more exercising than any rock band you know, and watched Ji save himself from a face-plant with an impressive ninja shoulder-roll on the beach. We’ll probably get some work done, too…at some point. 🙂
It’s been a busy summer for us on the recording front. We’re finishing up the final bits of tracking for our upcoming release–actually, a couple of the tracks are being mixed as I write this by our friend John Askew (Neko Case, Wild Flag, Corin Tucker).
We consider it a great honor to be included in this year’s PDXPOPNOW! compilation. For those of you unfamiliar with PDXPOPNOW!, every year they release a compilation of some of the best music Portland has to offer. There are literally thousands of bands hoping to get on the comp.–to be included feels like a nice little pat on the back for a job well done. We’ll take it! We worked all summer on making this upcoming record a true and energetic statement of where we are as a band. The song “Brighter” was included on the compilation and will be on our forthcoming release…you can listen to it HERE. You can purchase the whole compilation HERE.
In other exciting news, we’re working on stringing together some shows in Europe in November. This summer our friend Ritchie Young of the wonderful band Loch Lomond regaled us with the pleasures of European touring and we’re going all in to make it happen. We’ll keep you posted on the details as they emerge. Of course if you think you can help any way, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us…what is your favorite place to get coffee in the Netherlands anyway?
We will be lucky to have lauded Portland filmmaker Scott Ballard traveling with us and documenting our trip–you can expect equal parts music video, hijinx, tears, laughter and almost certainly, rock and roll. Check out Scott’s full filmography and learn more about him HERE.
That is it for now! Please check back for more updates in the coming months!
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OK! Here are the dates for our upcoming West Coast jaunt. As usual, if you know anybody in these fine places that you think would enjoy our music feel free to spread the word. We also enjoy staying in Mansions–so if your summer home happens to be unoccupied…
—West Coast Tour Dates—
April 11th (thurs) – Revolution Cafe (SF) 8:30, Free
Things have ramped up for us here in lovely Portland! We’re putting the final touches on our upcoming West Coast tour. We’ll post all the cities and dates very soon. We’re looking forward to seeing all of our far-away friends! We have some more touring planned for this summer and fall as well, so stay tuned…
Can’t quite unveil the full news yet but we’ve been working hard on music for two feature length films! One includes all original music from Rebecca and makes use of Kyleen’s serene string playing. The other is currently getting the “ji” touch–literally–lots of scraped cymbals and thrumming skins. As these move into completion we’ll keep you posted on where and when they can be seen…
We’ve also been working toward tracking our next record! We’ve demoed some songs, made some tweaks both big and small and think we’ve finally got them to a place where we think they’ll work together as a collective. For those who have made it out to our recent shows, you’ll recognize a few of them. It’s turning out to be a very “upbeat” group of songs…which is a bit of a departure from what we have been developing. Renowned guitarist Timothy Young (Laura Veirs, Reggie Watts) once called us, “The darkest band in the universe”…perhaps we’ll have to let that title go at some point…
Lastly, we have some exciting shows coming up! The first of which is a KZME 107.1 fm sponsored event at pdx’s Secret Society Ballroom with our friends A Simple Colony and Redray Frazier. To support the show we’ll be playing a short set that afternoon in KZME’s studios! Please check our shows page for the specifics on both of these shows and the others we have planned in the coming weeks. And don’t forget to check back for more movie updates!
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We are pleased and thrilled to perform a supporting set at Portland’s vaunted Mississippi Studios. We’ll be opening for the talented Nathaniel Talbot. It is his much anticipated CD release show, and should prove to be an exciting night… especially given the near-Olympic training that we’ve been undergoing.