Eric Bachmann – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – January 26th, 2019

Eric Bachmann

Iconic songwriter, Crooked Fingers/Archers of Loaf frontman and Neko Case bandmember with 2016 LP

Eric Bachmann

MAITA

Sat, January 26, 2019

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

$15 ADV / $20 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seating

Eric Bachmann
Eric Bachmann
Twenty-five years after Archers of Loaf broke onto Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s vital indie scene, frontman Eric Bachmann is recording the rawest, most honest work of his career under his own name. The March 25 release of Eric Bachmann marks the end of Bachmann’s post-Archers solo project Crooked Fingers, and the beginning of a candid new sound. “To me, the ’90s were for the Archers… The 2000s were for Crooked Fingers,” says Bachmann. “I feel like now—in 2015, 2016—it’s time to metamorphose. When you do this for a long time, you feel a strong pull to reinvent things from time to time, or at least to reconfigure them.

There is resistance, of course, from many places to remain the same. But after a while the dam breaks, and the compulsion to change becomes overwhelming. You just have to do it or you sort of feel like you’re not being true to yourself.”

Where Archers had attitude and guitar-driven intensity, Eric Bachmann has vulnerability, led by piano, rich vocal harmonies, and Bachmann’s hard-won liberty to lay himself bare. “There is less of an externalized character to be responsible to,” says Bachmann, referring to the sardonic smart-ass who narrated the Archers’ music, or the gossiping storyteller at the helm of Crooked Fingers. “When I think about why I am compelled to put my own name on a thing as a proper title now, all of these various perspectives feel unnecessary.” Even in their exhilarating beauty, the nine original tracks on Eric Bachmann are direct challenges—to social injustice, to precarious love, and frequently to Southern hypocrisy.

On “Masters of the Deal,” which on its surface tells the story of Texas’ 2012 execution of low-IQ murderer Marvin Lee Wilson, Bachmann sings that “The South is a ghost, a ghost is a lie.” Despite the song’s lilting warmth, it is, says Bachmann, “dealing with what I consider to be a great historical fraud. I am from the South, born and raised, and I grew up listening to all of these American Southerners talking about their heritage as if it was a noble thing. But I don’t believe them.”

The kick-kick-kick-snare throughout “Mercy” carries a message about “emanating gratitude and unconditional love, despite our differences of opinion,” says Bachmann. “It is a risky song for me because when certain members of my family hear it, it may not go well. They likely won’t hear the intended inclusive message.”

Recorded in Asheville, NC, and mixed in Taiwan by Athens, GA, expat engineer Andy Baker, Eric Bachmann features musicians including Jeremy Wheatley, Matthew Nelson, Jon Rauhouse, Tracey Wolf, Samara Waller, Wade Rittenberry, and Liz Durrett, who wrote the track “Carolina.” “My wandering lifestyle has presented only one nugget of clarity in my life: that places do not offer a sense of home for me. People do,” says Bachmann of the ideas that guide him in this new era of his career. “I believe that much of the chronic loneliness and fear that plagues our species stems from the probability that whatever creative force set all of this into motion is indifferent to us.”
Where Archers had attitude and guitar-driven intensity, Eric Bachmann has vulnerability, led by piano, rich vocal harmonies, and Bachmann’s hard-won liberty to lay himself bare. “There is less of an externalized character to be responsible to,” says Bachmann, referring to the sardonic smart-ass who narrated the Archers’ music, or the gossiping storyteller at the helm of Crooked Fingers. “When I think about why I am compelled to put my own name on a thing as a proper title now, all of these various perspectives feel unnecessary.” Even in their exhilarating beauty, the nine original tracks on Eric Bachmann are direct challenges—to social injustice, to precarious love, and frequently to Southern hypocrisy.

Recorded in Asheville, NC, and mixed in Taiwan by Athens, GA, expat engineer Andy Baker, Eric Bachmann features musicians including Jeremy Wheatley, Matthew Nelson, Jon Rauhouse, Tracey Wolf, Samara Waller, Wade Rittenberry, and Liz Durrett, who wrote the track “Carolina.” “My wandering lifestyle has presented only one nugget of clarity in my life: that places do not offer a sense of home for me. People do,” says Bachmann of the ideas that guide him in this new era of his career.
MAITA
Portland indie-folk songstress MAITA’s "focused, American realist psalm...sets her far apart from her indie contemporaries (American Standard Time).” Her songs stand testament to the beautiful mess that we call life, offering rallying cries for the quiet warrior, the inquisitive seeker and the fierce lover. Her two most recent releases in 2018 display opposing sides of MAITA's carefully crafted coin, from 'Japanese Waitress', comprised of a "sobering melody" and "deeply personal storytelling" that "calls both Sufjan Stevens and Joni Mitchell to mind (NPR)", to 'Kid Anymore', a "perfect two-minute pop rock song (Vortex)" recently featured on Vortex Music Magazine's limited pressing vinyl compilation. MAITA strings these two sides together with her deliberate lyricism and wistful vocals. She is currently hard at work on her debut full-length, set to be released sometime in 2019.