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September 2014
Seagulls
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With spindly strings horning in the opening instrumental, “Dragoon” awakens Seagulls' debut LP Great Pine, seamlessly transitioning into “Swimmin’,” a song that is initially given a steady-footed beat around which a more intricate and illuminating composition is built generating a peaceful yet purposeful layered sound, setting the tone for what lies ahead. “You and Me” plays like a surf-folk love letter, developing a warm, earnest vocal confession, while fitting nicely with the tug and pull groove of the scratching guitar and persistent bass. The vocal harmonies provide a sweetness accompanied by reserved bursts of trumpet and accordion-like effects offer a tease of nostalgia.
 
“Love, Give” follows a similar theme as vocals, strings, and snap-percussion set a pleasant, pensive, strolling pace as echoing harmonies and backing vocals reinforce, “Love give your hands to me, for someday I’ll be on bended knee.” “Old Habits” maintains an up close lo-fi aesthetic and underlying 8-bit accents, but the perspective has changed, shining a light on the dark side of relationships and a groove that has a somewhat worn and dusty ascetic, enhancing the lyrics meaning - “Old habits, die hard or they never do/so keep lying til they all catch up to you.” A well-placed take on Big Star’s “Thirteen” incorporates the honest-loving sentiments of adolescence, falling neatly inline with the group’s heartfelt vocal honesty, while simultaneously acknowledging one of their potential influences.
 
The record’s title-track “Great Pine” serves as a breath-catching ambiance builder before the turbulent “Holy Smokes” emerges. Enlisting peaks of aggressive kick-in-the-door instrumentation - particularly percussion between smooth stretches of vocally dominant valleys - in essence, layering pieces of clear skies between moments of violent storms.
 
“Distracted” concludes Great Pine with an uplifting blanket of vocals, allowing the guitar to stretch its sea legs as the backend force steers the musical ship; holding the course. This album starts on the shore, and while there are moments where it seems destined to searchingly drift out there, Seagulls appropriately demonstrate an ability to reel it in, taking a beautiful inaugural voyage. - Michael Colavita

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Under The Scope: Lubec

There are a few things you need to know about the arcane, shoegaze-deconstructivist rockers Lubec.

By now I’m sure you’re all well aware of the shoegaze renaissance that our happy country has been experiencing for the past five years. Despite what some music snobs will tell you--things like, “There’s nothing new to expand on in the genre beyond the MBV “atmosphere”--I’m happy to report that even in today’s day of imitating imitators, there are still plenty of avenues for the genre to explore (and h8ers can suck it).

Giving truth to my bold statements above are local genre-breaching, boundary-spurning, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, dreamy art-rockers Lubec. They combine the the layered texture of MBV, the erratic unpredictability of Swirlies, the philosophy of youth advocate/empowerment bands like Sonic Youth, with an irreverence to orthodox compositional guidelines. The result? A slice of non-clichéd (unlike this statement) sonic heaven.

But don’t take it from me--the guys are releasing their debut album The Thrall on September 21 at Mississippi Studios with Night Mechanic and Old Wave (formerly the Adam Brock 4), and they were nice enough to sit down with me (albeit lacking one member) and chat about it amongst other things...

Read the full article and interview here!

Words by Bryce Woodcock, photo by Keli Pennington.

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Wampire Premier New Single "The Amazing Heart Attack"

Following their debut release of Curiosity last year, Wampire are gearing up to dose us with another full-length psychedelic trip titled, Bazaar, out October 7th on Polyvinyl Records. Fortunately, you don't have till then to experiment with their new sounds, as the boys just premiered the album's second single and opening track, "The Amazing Heart Attack." The song retains the spacy 70's synth styling present on Curiosity, but amps up the progy riffage for a darker, heavier sound. By contrast, Bazaar's lead single "Wizard Staff" slows things down with a sexy little groove reminicent to something Bruce Springstein and David Bowie might have collaborated on. Catch Wampire in Salem September 12 at Level B or in Portland September 21 at the Hathorne Theater with English psych rippers, Temples. 

- Travis Leipzig

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SUN ANGLE IS BACK! SUN ANGLE IS BACK! 9.8 at Mississippi

All you black magic babes with your resurection spells really outdid yourselves this time. SUN ANGLE IS BACK! The Portland Psych trio, once defunkt due to a terrible case of tinnitus in the ears of singer and guitar player, Charlie Salas Humara, are back, after some r&r and equipped with a baller new custom pair of ear plugs, and they're and ready to rage face! Tonight, they'll ride fully torqued onto the battle-stage of Mississippi Studios, accompanied by their psych pop allies Animal Eyes and Talkative. Now I can't say with certainty that this return from the grave is cooler than bringing back your long-lost favorite grandma would be, but lets be honest, it probaly is.

Get a load of the show teaser / new music video for Fox Cool by these undead Sun Gods and get the fuck out to support their comeback tonight. 

- Travis Leipzig

SUN ANGLE - FOX COOL // SEPT 8 SHOW TEASER from Marius Libman on Vimeo.

 

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Otis Heat to Release ING at Star Theater 9.5

Many moons have passed but these righteous dudes are at again. Alas, we have a second full-legnth album from Portland’s funktabulous grunge rock supreme, Otis Heat. This Friday, they are playing the Star Theater to celebrate the release of ING along with Brad Parsons & the Local Talent and Marca Luna.

This album features all four songs from The Ugly EP as well as ten new ones. Songs such as “Circles” has been tested at many of their past shows and the piercing chorus can ring in your head weeks after hearing it. “ING”, the albums opening song was set to a music video to promote the band’s upcoming fall tour. For their live show, you can expect a big sound to come from this three piece. With front man Sean O’Neill’s slap-heavy bass playing, his high-pitched vocals, a drummer who can carry seven different beats at once, and guitar shredder that puts a wide range of melodies on top of huge rhythms, turns their music into a giant thunder cloud of awesome sauce mixed in with sexy butter served over-easy with a handle of whiskey. Guaran-Fucking-Teed. $7 advance, $10 at the door.

- Colin Hudson

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Artist of the Month: Dedere

Once again, fans and readers alike have crowned their king of the poll. Congrats to Dedere for claiming the current title of Deli Portland's Artist of the Month! All too often a band's first recording can be their best, and everything thereafter a less pure regurgitation. Fortunately for Dedere, this is far from the case. The evolution of sound between their 2013 debut release, Little Ease in the Bell Jar, and their 2014 summer release of "Hollywood Future Plans," the first single off of a forthcoming album, has gotten me all sorts of excited for their next release. 

- Travis Leipzig

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Sama Dams and Hands In at Bunk Bar 8.28

Thursday night marks your last chance to catch the explosive live performance of avant indie rockers Sama Dams until the release of their long awaited third album in December. Via Fartbook the trio hinted that they plan to make the show a special one, and if any of their past shows serve as a variable of measure for an "un-special" performance (if that is even a possibility for them), then Thursday night should indeed be a magnificant spectacle. Sharing the stage with them at Bunk Bar are Zula, an experimental pop quartet from Brooklyn, NY, and Hands In, perhaps Portlands most irresistibly dancable one man act. $6 in advance or $8 at the door, the show starts at 9. 

- Travis Leipzig

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Preview: Psychomagic at The Know 8.26

Psychomagic’s psych rock is playful and morbid, tinged with surf, punk, and vintage tone. From their textured instrumentation, it’s obvious this quintet (Stone Laurila (guitar), Eddie Bond (keyboards), Anthony Brisson (drums, backing vocals), Scott Page (bass), and Steve Fusco (lead vocals/guitar)) find their vibe on stage. Songs are strummy, but shift to  heavy riffs over soft, fast rhythms and theatrical melodies. Its catchy, but then drifts off and almost fades out during long interludes, allowing the listener to get lost in their own narrative before changing the scenery. Their range can be the softer “Mutated Love” after fast and raging “I Dont Want To Hold Your Hand”. Fusco warbles through songs, sometime crooning about playing the fool and being a “Heartbroken Teenage Zombie Killer”. It's tongue in cheek, he declares from the start that “I’m A Freak." Playing with the pining rock of Portland's Dandelyons, and Austin's Tele Novella, it should be a colorful Tuesday evening at The Know. 

- Brandy Crowe

 

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