Ezra Bell – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – May 26th, 2018

Ezra Bell

An Album Release Celebration for the soulful, genre-ambidextrous Portland outfit

Ezra Bell

Motopony, Johanna Warren

Sat, May 26, 2018

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

$13 ADV / $17 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

Ezra Bell
Ezra Bell
Ezra Bell features Darren Moore (bass), Tom Trotter (drums), Aaron Mattison (horns and arrangements), and Jeremy Asay (keys and tenor guitar) backing up Benjamin Wuamett's story-songs and satirical jigs with organic precision. Carving a wide path through the musical spectrum, Ezra Bell brushes up against folk, jazz, blues, rock, pop, and R&B.

Wuamett came up with the band name when he was in Portugal and a girl he was with dared him to try a nearby concession stand's popcorn snails. He had two full bowls. "They were delicious," he says. "When I got back to Portland, I couldn't sleep. On the way to work the next day, after a rainfall, I saw a slug crossing the sidewalk. I bent down and ate it raw on the spot. I didn't go to work that day I went home, grabbed a garbage bag and spent the morning gathering snails, slugs, worms (not sure if worms fall in the mollusk family but, still, delicious) which I brought home with me. Hours later, as I sat shirtless on my couch, covered in sweat, I knew I had a problem. It would be too long a story to talk about all the places my disease took me. Suffice to say — I once hitchhiked to California because I really wanted to taste a banana slug. In the end, it became too much and I sought help via the internet. I began posting on various forums about my problem. I hadn't been to work in weeks. Unfortunately, there are very few mollusk addicts on the web and my various inquiries went without commiseration until a nice man from Georgia spoke up and we began a long correspondence during which he shared with me the tools that had enabled him to survive in this strange world. He saved my life. His name was Ezra Bell."

Ezra Bell's first full-length debut will be released on May 26th, 2018 at Mississippi Studios. Featuring ebullient soul twang, flowing and leaping like the music of a late 60s/early 70s recording of well-trained freaks dabbling in various genres. "The overall theme going into this? Desperation. A call to arms. A whimper. A declaration that being witty by yourself at 4 AM in a basement, is a poor way to live." After three well-received EPs, the playfully literate Wuamett and his gaggle of quite fit players, conjure up a festive dusky vibe that doesn't smother out the melancholy.
Seattle indie rock band Motopony distills the last four years of spell-crafting, songwriting, knot tying, child bearing, rebuilding, reimagining and rebirth with their sophomore effort Welcome You. It is a welcome and a warning. It is the humility to admit we didn't get it quite right, even though we welcome life with open hearts, do our very best, and always return to the path. The desperate fact is, we don't actually know where it goes. The first single "Daylights Gone" is a song relating major character changes to the phases of the moon, and the "to what" question implicit in the title, "Welcome You" presents the mystery of identity to the listener.

The record, the follow up to the band’s acclaimed 2011 self-titled debut, was recorded live to analog tape at Bear Creek Studios in Seattle and was produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Heartless Bastard, …Trail of The Dead) and mixed in London by Guy Massey (Spiritualized, Radiohead, Manic Street Preachers). The band will be touring the US, and Europe in support of the release through 2015.

Indeed, the Seattle outfit's long and sometimes convoluted journey to its current stature as one of America's hottest and most acclaimed young bands has been an unconventional one. In the TK years since chief visionary Blue first launched it as his creative alter ego, Motopony has evolved through a variety of permutations, into its current form as an expansive sextet whose raw-nerved mix of vivid lyrical explorations, inventive sonic textures and hard-rocking melodic punch mark it as a singularly potent musical force.
Johanna Warren
An intuitively self-taught guitarist, Johanna Warren channels powerful songs in weird time signatures and melancholic open tunings, weaving adept finger-picking with acrobatic vocal lines and carefully crafted poetry in reverence of her patron songwriting saints Elliott Smith, Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake. Approaching music as a potent healing modality, Warren cultivates and honors the physically healing properties of sound and the spiritually healing powers of artistic expression.