Tango Alpha Tango – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – June 23rd, 2017

Tango Alpha Tango

A trifecta of regional indie rock standouts, with Astoria's Holiday Friends celebrating their new LP

Tango Alpha Tango

Holiday Friends, The Lower 48

Fri, June 23, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10 ADV / $12 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

Tango Alpha Tango
Tango Alpha Tango
Tango Alpha Tango isn't the band it once was. The tried-and-true riffage and raw psychedelia, once the cornerstones of singer-guitarist Nathan Trueb's particular brand of blues, have recently given way to a more pop-friendly kind of rock, as evident on the band's latest release, White Sugar. Songs like "I Gotta Girl" and the title track showcase familiar distortion and chugging electric guitar, though the rest are more polished and subdued. "People," for instance, has a carnivalesque design that banks on a lofty chorus and drummer Joey Harmon's fills, while "Lonely" takes a more soulful approach to heartbreak before turning to chiming guitars and an accepting mentality that echos Tom Petty's comeback album, Wildflowers. Trueb's bright guitar work is tighter than ever throughout, lined with fluttering bits of jazz and improvisation that build upon his subtle interplay with his wife, Mirabai, and Harmon. "I'll take you anyway I please/You might be the last thing that I need," he sings over the spare backdrop and gently plucked guitar of "Gasoline." He might be getting softer, but his music is better for it.
Holiday Friends
Holiday Friends
Although Astoria, Oregon is best known to multiple generations of pop-culture observers as the cinematic setting of the '80s cult classic The Goonies, the rugged riverfront city now has another distinction: as the home of the fab new pop-rock combo known as Holiday Friends. The band's catchy, playful songs are refreshingly free of hipster cynicism, and has been described as what the Beach Boys might sound like if they'd been raised in the Pacific Northwest on a steady diet of John Hughes film soundtracks, or what The Cars might be doing if they lived at Big Pink. They recently released their album Major Magic.
The Lower 48
The Lower 48
"I heard they're all left handed. They had to go to a special class at the same school."
"No, I swear to god they met in the minor leagues. Bench warmers."
"Yeah, well I heard they moved out to the West Coast to claim an inheritance from a phony uncle and they got stranded."
"I don't believe any of the rumors, but you can tell they've done some hard time by the way they sing harmony."
This much we know:
The Lower 48 came west to Portland, Oregon when the weather got cold. They play 1960s-style pop rock and roll, and they have a big year planned.
"Somebody I know actually knows them. Apparently they're pretty decent cooks, but don't stay for dessert if you know what I'm saying..."
"Sarah speaks fluent Dutch and has a side project in The Netherlands with someone who knows the Talking Heads."
"I met them playing pool in San Francisco. They hail from Georgia, but Ben and Nick have spent more than a few years at sea."
"Shut the front door! I thought they got their start in West Hollywood."
"Dude. I see them in Minneapolis all the time."
"Alaska, man. They're from Juneau. That's the joke."
You know what they say. It's where you're at, not where you're from. So boom, baby! When The Lower 48 plays your town, where are you going to be?