Reptaliens – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – July 20th, 2017

Reptaliens

Trippy, impressionistic and melodic experimental post-pop from Portland

Reptaliens

Boone Howard, Vexations

Thu, July 20, 2017

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

$5 ADV / $7 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

Reptaliens
Reptaliens
Bambi and Cole met on a basketball court, filming a music video for a band that didn’t have any music. After dating for six months, the two married under a blanket of smoke from the season’s forest fires.

Reptaliens quickly evolved from a conceptual collage of ideas into the bedroom recording project for the duo, captured with analog synthesizers, electric guitars, and melodic bass lines, and tape delayed vocals telling stories of science fiction, obsession, and transhumanism.

As long time, active participants in the Portland music scene, Bambi and Cole call on a number of talented musicians to guest on songs throughout the entirety of Reptaliens’ recordings and live performances. The band embraces the captivity of their audience with their sincere and theatrical performances.
Boone Howard
Boone Howard
Boone Howard, Frontman of The We Shared Milk, hasn't skipped a beat in his songwriting since the band called an indefinite hiatus in late 2014. With a new full length solo album already nearing completion, Boone's new songs take a step back from the heavier garage discord of TWSM days, highlighting his lyrically-driven, soulful garage pop orchestration in its purest form.

The seven-member group playing his new songs however is far from a solo act. Boone puts down the guitar to focus solely on his crooning, and is backed by Casey Burge of Minden on guitar, Leo London and Mike Finn of The Domestics on keys and guitar respectively, Ryan Neighbors of Hustle & Drone on synth, and the former rhythm section of The We Shared Milk - Eric Ambrosius and Travis Leipzig.
Vexations
Vexations
Vexations is the brain/bodychild of Thomas Mabus, a pansexual vampire and multi-instrumentalist who was one of the founders and original residents of fabled Portland, Oregon freak enclave (and current crater) Dekum Manor. Mabus joined Wampire a few years back to teach them how to "swing", but with Vexations he compliments said swing with both juice and waggle, a recipe which some call "sexual and frightening". Though Mabus does most of the instrumental heavy lifting on record, he is often flanked by members of fellow freak-flag fliers/haunted mansion dwellers The Fur Coats, as well as former members of other Portland units like The Gossip and Cat Hoch Band.

Post-disco Bowie is the clear and obvious RIYL here, but Vexations also dips deep into pop's history of fabulous, yayo-caked technicolor splooge, ladling spoonfuls of vintage Todd Rundgren, Sparks, Sylvester, and Zapp & Roger onto dancefloor confections whose sheer lasciviousness make their competition look like the work of crestfallen eunuchs.