Here is a new side project from Delicate Steve called Saint Rich. This band has a more structured sound, yet still maintain amazing guitar work throughout the album. The new album is called Beyond the Drone, which came out the beginning of October. Saint Rich has a great rock and roll sound that is accompanied by the right amount of pop. The album starts off with the single “Officer,” an anthem of abuse of authority, then rolls into a steam-dancing number “Sorry/Sadly.” My favorite songs lie in the middle of the album, “Crying From Home” and “You Ain’t Worth the Night.” The closing track “Already Gone” is also another great song and a perfect ending to the Beyond the Drone, it’s a slower rock ballad with the slide guitar and harmonies that soar into the ears and makes you smile. Overall the debut album from Saint Rich is a perfect recipe for accepting the winter blues and then shaking them away.
Here is some new local Portland music from Fake Nails. These guys have an awesome chilled out rock and pop sound. The new EP consists of gritty bass lines, catchy guitar riffs, and driving drum beats. The lyrics are simple yet have a great real life commentary to them. Fake Nails know how to write a great indie pop-rock song. When I push the play button I can’t help but smile with the opening lick to “Home.” And though the recording quality might not be top notch, the songs deliver a punchy gravitas you have to appreciate.
Thursday night at Holocene brought chill wave rockers from Vancouver, B.C. Teen Daze. The first act was a couple of local DJs, Phillip Grass. They spun some really great tunes and played some remixes to set up the night.
After Phillip Grass played their beats, Camp Counselors came on to play. After an issue with one of his mixers, Camp Counselors a.k.a Cemeteries slayed the stage. The Camp Counselors project is a little more haunting and more soundscape kind of music.
Last up was Teen Daze. I wasn’t quite sure what the show would be like, but Teen Daze has a full band that they tour as. The show had a great post-rock vibe to it. Teen Daze played a lot of songs off the latest album, Glacier. They have a great chill sound and the live performance brings out rock elements a little more. Teen Daze is a must see live band.
New music from Portland’s own Soft Shadows. The debut full length from the former Sundaze band, Soft Shadows brings a great dream-rock sound to the ears. The album is appropriately called Reverb Is for Lovers. There’s a real soulful way the songs are crafted and sang. The guitar riffs also have a surfy vibe to them as well, especially “War Theatre.” This album is really good so listen to it, then buy it. Also locals can go to their record release show at Bunk Bar tomorrow night 10/29.
Next is another new Portland band, that just came out with their self titled EP last week, they are called Tender Age. They have a more pop sound to them than Soft Shadows. The opening track, “Anything,” is such a chill blissed out noise-pop anthem. The way the lead guitar hook comes out over the wall of bass and second guitar is just so soothing. Hope you enjoy it as much as I.
Forest Swords brings a whole new collection of sounds to a chilled out electronic music-scape. The debut full length from Liverpool’s Matthew Barnes is an incredible collection of instrumental electro-glitch. I really enjoy the influence of tradition Native and Japanese music that comes across in most tracks, especially one of my favorites “Irby Tremor.” The new album is called Engravings and rightfully so, since all you can do is listen to it over and over again. Engravings from Forest Swords is a refreshing breath of electronic music, and is one of my favorites this year.