The Essex Green – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – September 27th, 2018

The Essex Green

Recently reformed, Merge Records-signed neo-psychedelic pop outfit from Brooklyn (via Vermont)

The Essex Green

Motopony

Thu, September 27, 2018

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

$12 ADV / $15 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

The Essex Green
The Essex Green
The Essex Green are loyal and proud residents of Brooklyn, New York. The group consists of present and former members of the erstwhile Vermont outfit, Guppyboy, and The Ladybug Transistor. They are also a band that once recorded an entire album under a completely different name The Sixth Great Lake. It's a veritable musicologist's fantasy. The Essex Green are a rare breed in today's unilateral homescape. A musical menage a uno, Sasha Bell, Jeff Baron and Christopher Ziter have conspired to bring forth, with the accompaniment of various gifted friends, their most original composition yet The Long Goodbye. With the spirit and panache of a National Geographic exploration, The Long Goodbye covers old yet not always familiar territory; at the same time bringing not a common but rather a collective soul to its sound. The Long Goodbye is the second full-length recording from The Essex Green and their first release on Merge Records. Their first full length, Everything Is Green, was released by the fine folks at Kindercore Records just before the turn of the century (1999). Following that, a five-song music novella entitled The Essex Green was released in 2000 by The Elephant 6 Recording Company. Over the last few years, The Essex Green has toured across the U.S., performing with such contemporaries as The Ladybug Transistor, Of Montreal, Beachwood Sparks, The Aislers Set and Apples In Stereo. They have also made the voyage across the pond for a UK tour with Australia's The Lucksmiths. Plans are in the works for extensive U.S tours this spring and fall, with a tour of Europe's finest houses sandwiched in between. The Long Goodbye is a shimmering jewel of a record. The sort you will find yourself listening to over and over again, tuning in to the layers and layers of sonic viscera. And each time you will find something new. The Long Goodbye finds the band in top form as it peels away some of the masque-committee and brings forth The Essex Green's richest sound yet.
Motopony
Motopony
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.