Sure Sure – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – April 7th, 2018

Sure Sure

Los Angeles pop band characterized by their ear-worm melodies and driving rhythms

Sure Sure

Holiday Friends

Sat, April 7, 2018

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

$12 ADV / $14 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

Sure Sure
Sure Sure
Sure Sure is an experimental pop band from Los Angeles, California. The highly collaborative group, composed of Chris Beachy (keyboardist, singer), Charlie Glick (guitarist, singer), Kevin Farzad (drums, percussion) and Michael Coleman (producer), has been releasing music since 2014. Perched on a hill in Highland Park, they've converted their house into a studio -- a myriad of instruments positioned throughout the first floor, with cables snaking up the walls to the recording console upstairs. Sure Sure's recordings and infectious live show have quickly solidified them as one of the most exciting up and coming bands in LA. Their sound is characterized by a glowing warmth, ear-worm melodies, and driving rhythms, like if the Talking Heads, Tame Impala and Steely Dan raised their love child together under the California sun. Ever since their 2016 single "New Biome" caught fire on Spotify, the band has been garnering a rapidly expanding audience. In the summer of 2017 they began a new release cycle, putting out the heartbreak-pop tune "Friends," dance-tastic "Hands Up Head Down" and others, reaching #1 on the Hype Machine charts and gaining praise from Grizzly Bear, Rostam of Vampire Weekend and other staples in the indie music community. In January 2018, Sure Sure will be embarking on their first national tour of the US, in support of Hippo Campus.
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.