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

Tango Alpha Tango

A trifecta of PNW 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
The Lower 48 are a 3 piece rock and roll band from the West Coast of America. The trio consists of multi instrumentalists Ben Braden, Sarah Parson, and Nicky Sadler, who all share the lead singing role. They are a powerful trio that focuses heavily on rhythm, three-part harmony, and classic pop hooks. Over the last year of extensive touring The Lower 48 has played on NYLON magazines summer tour, had their song Come Awake air in a Super Bowl Ad, graced the stage at Summer Fest in Wisconsin and played a sold out show at The Roxy Theater in Los Angeles. They have also opened for many artists, including Chk Chk Chk and Mason Jennings.

“If the Beatles and Jack White gave birth to a musical baby, it would sound something like The Lower 48 – and yes, the band is just as ferocious as one would imagine. The trio’s multi-instrumental thick wall of sound is marvelous because the lead singer isn’t just a lead singer, the bassist doesn’t only play bass, and the drummer doesn’t only drum; they all carry the weight of at least two players effortlessly…”

-BestNewBands.com

When the three members were 18 years old, back in 2009, they moved from Minneapolis to Portland together to play music on the west coast. Being under aged and having never lived anywhere but with their folks, they became semi isolated for several years in Portland’s bar driven music culture. Ben, Sarah and Nicky all write songs and began doing so obsessively, racking up literally hundreds and hundreds of songs and recordings in the first few years on the coast. Releasing one full length and one EP brought moderate success, and they toured the country and especially the coast, countless times over the next few years. Sarah became known for her distinct smoky warble and dynamic stage presence, Ben for his characteristically catchy songwriting and 60’s bass tone, and Nicky for his imaginative drumming and classically beautiful voice and energy. After years of touring, and hundreds of songs later, the band has crafted a seasoned and powerful sound that ranges well beyond their young years and has now recorded their latest full length album, Hot Fool.

This album is a culmination of all the songs and tours and rehearsals and studio experience The Lower 48 has racked up being a professional band for 7 years. It's sound is diverse and fleshed out, displaying an understanding and awareness of itself. It genre jumps from song to song but throughout has the unmistakable consistent ring of a band that has worked hard to find their sound. There's something for everybody on this LP. Now in their mid 20’s, this is an amazingly dedicated and rehearsed band that is making major moves and turning lots of heads in early 2016.