Live At Mississippi Studios: Pure Bathing Culture + Lemolo

Last night was a great show that featured one of Portland’s newest most popular bands, Pure Bathing Culture. But up first was Seattle duo Lemolo. They put on an awesome show. These two ladies know how to put out a lot of sound. With cool, spacious keys, warm guitar riffs, and some expert drumming they filled up the venue with great music that could easily be the soundtrack to a night road trip. Lemolo’s brand new album, The Kaleidoscope, just came out last week and you don’t want to miss out. Check it out below, my favorites include “Open Air,” “Letters,” and “On Again, Off Again.”

After an absolutely stunning performance from Lemolo came Bryan John Appleby and his band. Though at first a little more acoustic and along the lines of singer/songwriter it soon turned into an awesome rocking anthem. With a voice that could be reminiscent of Ben Gibbard and a sound that comes more from country/folk-rock, the combination has a great outcome. The band is equipped with a lap/slide guitar and banjo along with the more contemporary instruments. I have been really digging on their Fire On The Vine album which you can listen to below.

As the set change after Bryan John Appleby started to settle down, the little venue of Mississippi Studios started to fill up to capacity. Pure Bathing Culture is definitely one of the most popular bands here in Portland already. Having just started as a duo in January, they now have an EP and are a four piece band with this being the debut of the new drummer. They not only played the popular songs but came out with a couple of brand new tracks as well. Pure Bathing Culture has a sound that is pretty similar to Beach House but more of a 80s pop-rock feel instead of the dreamy-pop. You can catch Pure Bathing Culture at the PDX Pop Now! festival next weekend or at MFNW.

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