Holiday Friends – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – February 16th, 2018

Holiday Friends

Crystaline Astoria, Oregon rock band with synth-pop influences and a 2017 LP, 'Night Terrors'

Holiday Friends

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Fri, February 16, 2018

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

$10 ADV/DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

Holiday Friends
Holiday Friends
For far too long, Holiday Friends has been in a state of flux. While a trio of musicians—singer/guitarist Scott Fagerland, his multi-instrumentalist brother Jon, and bassist Zack O’Connor—have remained as the core of this Astoria, Oregon-based alternative rock group since 2008, other members came and went. But with the addition of drummer Joey Ficken in 2015, the lineup and the collective perspective for the band are now set.

That cohesion has resulted in Night Terrors, one of the group’s strongest efforts to date. The new album finds the group honing their already razor sharp pop hooks while embracing moodier, darker elements. Take a song like “Heyday,” which boasts a fist-pumping chorus and throwback ‘80s synth pulses that seems ripe for Top 40 radio, but is cut through with lyrics that by turns abstract and direct. Or “Loaded Gun,” a song that builds slowly on a bed of programmed rhythms and throbbing bass lines that would make Nine Inch Nails proud, then kept aloft by airy vocals and glistening atmospherics.

With a firm foundation in place, Scott allowed himself to dive even deeper as a lyricist than he has before. Throughout Night Terrors, he dares to explore the titular affliction that has him waking up some nights unable to move and, on the closing track “Young” wonders with piercing honesty about pursuing one’s artistic dreams in the face of getting older and settling down.

The precision and depth that Holiday Friends are able to achieve was helped by the fact that in the two years since their last album Major Magic, the gents have built their own studio in Astoria that they used to record all of Night Terrors. It was a long process but one that allowed them to experiment and really lock down every last note on the album. The hard work is evident on the LP, even in how effortless it all sounds.

Night Terrors marks a huge leap forward for Holiday Friends, and one that should help continue the momentum that they’ve been gathering in recent years. The album will only add an extra bit of wind in their sails as they look toward more shows and touring , and, with their lineup now secure, an even stronger future together.
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