Starover Blue, The Fourth Wall, Young Elk
Sun, Sep 3 at 9pm
The unmistakable tones of a Juno 106, both expansive and nostalgic, combine with ambient layers, sparkling guitars, and bittersweet vocals to define Portland band Starover Blue.
After meeting in the music department at San Jose State in 2007, founding members Kendall and Dirk Sallay-Milotz began their musical partnership and quickly became inseparable. Live, they pull from a multi-faceted discography of experimental dream pop and have served as local support for a spectrum of bands including The Velvet Teen and Orenda Fink.
The Fourth Wall
The Fourth Wall is a melodic noise rock band originally from Hawai’i consisting of members Stephen Agustin, Kasey Shun, Paul Brittain, and Max Lilien. Originally a solo project, Agustin wrote and recorded alone in his home for a year and a half, following the break-up of his previous band, Our Distance (who had been the support act for the Kooks in 2008 and Of Montreal in 2009). These demo recordings were kept relatively secret, being handed out only to a few close friends. With growing encouragement from these friends, Stephen sought to form a band in order to perform these songs live. In the fall of 2010, guitarist Kasey Shun, Bassist Paul Brittain, and drummer Kimo Short joined Stephen to form The Fourth Wall. Their style is primarily lyrically driven and draws from a wide range of musical influences including Neil Young, The Band, My Bloody Valentine, and Sonic Youth.
Distant, melodic, and at times,crushingly bleak — Young Elk is the creative vehicle for Portland-based songwriter Ezekiel J Rudick, and members Tony Reyes, Scott Taylor, Bruce Reed, and Nic Moen.
Formerly the the principle force behind Portland's own abrasive indie rock outfit, Violent Psalms, Ezekiel and Young Elk take their more subtle musical cues from introspective americana, shoegaze, and minimalist 90’s indie rock, falling somewhere between Pedro The Lion, Low, and Slowdive.
Recorded by good friend and longtime engineer and producer Jordan Richter (Yoko Ono, Band Of Horses), the band's debut EP, Minor Keys, is set to release early 2016.