New music from Portland’s own Animal Eyes. The new album is called Where We Go and it just came out towards the end of May. The album is packed with explosive rock and pop songs. Animal Eyes has a cool indie boy band vibe to them. Great harmonies, great songwriting, and catchy guitar riffs fills out Where We Go. “Feeding Snakes” starts of the record with a bouncy bass and dynamic vocals, reminiscent of Animal Collective. Then it goes to my favorite two tracks in “Zeke/Wizard” and “Mushroom Hunter”. These two tracks have been a staple in Animal Eyes’ live shows for a couple of years now, and these recordings are some of the best versions I’ve heard. Other favorite tracks of mine include “Sand Sang”, with those clanging guitars, and the ending track “Alligator Sex”. Definitely one of the better local Portland releases this year.
In it’s fourth year of existence, Treefort Music Festival has established itself as the go to festival in the Northwest. Everything from technology to film to yoga, Treefort has it all, but of course we were there for the music.
The Killing Sasquatch crew was four strong this year and faced a little adversity to begin the trip. Our car broke down about 100 miles east of Portland, so we missed out of the festivities on Wednesday. Though spirits were down to begin the weekend, we were able to rally for a most excellent adventure.
Our journey began on Thursday at Tom Grainey’s with Bliiss and Blackwater Prophet.
Bliiss is the new jam. Their songs are imaginative and distinctly stoney. Bliiss draws from a huge variety of great early heavy metal, garage rock, pop, and rock ‘n’ roll to get their groovy freshness.
Blackwater Prophet has a similar sound to Bliiss, with more psychedelia influences.
Then we went to see local Portlanders The Shivas.
BOYS were playing next, filling in for The Velvet Teen at Neurolux. Then Cymbals Eat Guitars were right after them.
We also caught The Bleach Effect, Jason Webley, and A Seasonal Disguise before one of our favorite Portland bands Animal Eyes.
The Bleach Effect
Electronic duo from Boise. These two guys have super bass heavy jams that sound like they belong in video games. They definitely remind me of Magic Sword so check them out.
A Seasonal Disguise is reminiscent of all the best nostalgia from 2000s indie rock; Andrew Bird, Conor Oberst, etc. Their high energy live shows translates onto lush recordings like Waterfowl of Western Canada EP. This is deeply thoughtful music for the introspective side of us all.
Jason Webley is a singer/songwriter that is on the folk spectrum of music. With a beautiful voice and accordion as a choice weapon for Webley, the music makes one reminisce on their own life. He was joined on stage by members of Animal Eyes and Jumping Sharks
Animal Eyes are one of our favorite bands from Portland. They have an incredible mix of folk, pop, and indie rock that just reaches out to the soul and comforts it.
March 20th 2014 marked the start of an epic journey to consume as much live music as humanly possible in one weekend. Treefort Music Fest in Boise, ID provided the perfect hunting grounds for the Killing Sasquatch crew. The journey consisted of four days full of rock, pop, electronic, metal, hip-hop, house parties, garage shows, and brewery showcases. So without further delay here is our coverage of Day 1, Treefort Music Fest.
If there’s one excuse to get out of Portland, Treefort is it. It all starts with King Brat, featuring Jessica the drummer from Red Hands Black Feet. These guys have a saturated crossover of hardcore and rock and roll. The kind that spawns mosh pits from thin air.
We ducked over to the recently augmented Crux to see The Kitchen, some really weird but beautiful and sincere experimental rock from Moscow. The live set packs a different punch than the records, so make sure to check this band of best friends and artists whenever they’re in town.
AND AND AND
After some delicious Pie Hole pizza we popped over to Neurolux to see And And And play some new songs. This material sounded more serious and intense than some of their more light-hearted favorites. It’s still a huge party, so these sophisticated considerations suit their music well.
RED HANDS BLACK FEET
After seeing And And And, we headed over to Linen Building to catch our favorite Boise bands, Red Hands Black Feet. They played a bunch of new songs with their new drummer, and it sounds most excellent. This post-rock band seriously hits the spot and we cannot wait for new material to be released.
Back over at Crux, our buddies Animal Eyes began pumping their joyous tunage into the room. Lead accordionist Sam sings with classic style and the band elevates the festive jangly mood. Animal Eyes is easily one of Portland’s premier rock acts.
THIS WILL DESTROY YOU
This Will Destroy You is from the old school of post-rock, loosely associated with Godspeed You Black Emperor, the sound is heavy and slow. Live they play with conviction. The audience stares blankly as their minds are transported.
SWORD OF A BAD SPELLER
Finally we saw Sword of a Bad Speller who are at first a couple of white kids rapping badly. It quickly reached the point of absurdity, so there’s no choice but to get into it. They eventually pick up instruments and closed out a fun impromptu afterparty.