Holiday Friends / Foxtails Brigade – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – July 29th, 2018

Holiday Friends / Foxtails Brigade

A co-headlined evening featuring the uptempo Astoria rockers and intricate experimental pop from SF

Holiday Friends / Foxtails Brigade

Swansea

Sun, July 29, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 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.
Foxtails Brigade
Foxtails Brigade
The Hollywood Hills-born daughter of a horror filmmaker and sister of a cult comedian, Foxtails front-girl Laura Weinbach grew up in a household that embraced eccentricity. Her next-door neighbors were circus contortionists with emus and fang-toothed monkeys as pets and her childhood activities included snail hunting and spying on celebrity neighbors like Slash, Ice-T, and Larry from Perfect Strangers. Laura’s upbringing is present everywhere in Foxtails Brigade, from the lyrical imagery to the hand-drawn artwork and sophomoric Instagram cartoons.

The band’s live show is a clockwork of junkyard beats, warped orchestral sonics, and Laura’s trademark voice and classical guitar intricacies with an A-List ensemble featuring performing members of Bright Eyes, Van Dyke Parks, and John Kale. The songs tackle subjects of substitute teaching in the Oakland and LA public school scenes, steak appreciation, and general unfairness awareness with a warped pop sensibility akin to influences like St. Vincent, Joanna Newsom, The Smiths, and Spoon.

Following their 2011 debut album The Bread and the Bait (Antenna Farm Records), the band released their second LP. Time Is Passed (DIY) during Christmas of 2012. Since then, Foxtails Brigade have just release their new self-titled album in April 2016 on OIM Records.

Produced in the Bay Area by celebrated Jeff Saltzman (Blondie, The Killers), this record marks the Oakland-based band’s third full-length LP, but serves as a cohesive statement of who they are and the direction they’re headed.

While the group’s previous material, fueled by hazy chamber-folk melodies and spectral strings, reached inwards, Foxtails Brigade detonates their sound in all directions. The collective of Bay Area artists' “fully realized” lineup employs a vast kaleidoscope of peculiar percussion and newfound synthesizers alongside Patzner’s cinematic arrangements and Weinbach’s distinct guitar figures. Working with producer Saltzman, Foxtails Brigade celebrates a newfound sense of directness and clarity without sacrificing an ounce of intricacy. Like everything the band accomplishes on their self-titled record, it’s defiant yet wounded, sweet yet fierce; the sound of underdogs who won’t go away quietly. If we’re sinking, Foxtails Brigade tells us, then let’s explode into fireworks.

Foxtails Brigade is also out now in Japan on Rallye, and is currently streaming in full on Baeble.

In the wake of their 2016 STLP release, the band completed a PCNW, So-Cal and South/Mid-West U.S. run as well as a spring tour in France opening for Emily Jane White. Following that they embarked on a 3-month East Coast and Europe tour opening for and playing in Emily Jane White's band again. They're currently working on their next record and planning a Pacific North West jaunt this summer 2018.
Swansea
Swansea
Swansea combines artful narratives and a sweeping, atmospheric sound with a touch of dancey, off-the-cuff toughness, and have been compared to bands such as LCD Soundsystem, David Bowie and Santigold. In 2012, the three-piece released their first full-length album, Old Blood, and completed two tours of the western United States.