This band rocks hard, great drummer, great compositions. Post rock in the veins of Euphone, Transam. A little bit of thrash and dub tossed in, reminded me of 4 out of 5 doctors all grown up. Made me want to listen to Karate and Dub Trio again.
I caught Red Raven Follies presentation of the Fiasco Sideshow. These two are so talented and wacky. They drop their props on the floor loudly and seemingly randomly. They tell dirty jokes, juggle dildos, throw knives, and generally just behave ridiculously for an hour. There is an unease in the room as it doesn’t feel like you are watching professionals, and you could certainly be a witness to someone getting hurt, but its always entertaining and hilarious. My favorite part was once where Serena said, “its story time” and put on absurd glasses, pulled out a book and read, “once there was a tortoise and a hare who had a race, the hare fell asleep and the tortoise won, the end! Phew, sorry to exhaust you all with such a long story!” It was certainly impressive when Serena held a fluorescent bulb and touched a high power tesla coil. The bulb lit up! Incredible!
I played a show here in Eugene at the Wandering Goat, opening for Eleinvaders, an indie jazz swing band. Thanks for watching! I’m so lucky to have Shane Connor from the Longshots on tenor sax.
and as a bonus, here we are playing “Stanford Prison Experiment”
Saffron seems to be continuing the north west grunge tradition. They rock very hard. Alex, graham and Matt.
Era Coda lost a member but delivered new songs with vocals and an enigmatic quirky style.
Violet Underground is from Astoria. They play driving instrumental rock that reminded me of Transam, but occasionally had some country and surf sounds.
Portland Cello Project brought a six member touring troupe to Eugene and pleased the crowd with virtuoso playing and a touch of humor. Hearing two Elliot Smith instrumental covers and two Dave Brubeck songs was an unexpected delight. I was most familiar with their collaboration with Thao Nyugen but they have five albums of material and did not disappoint in a live setting.
Included below are my black and white inks in case you are interested.