Orville Peck – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – May 17th, 2019

Orville Peck

The mysterious & masked troubadour playing twangy, surrealist rock on 2019 Sub Pop debut LP, 'Pony'

Orville Peck

Jo Passed, Dick Stusso

Fri, May 17, 2019

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

$12 ADV / $14 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seating

 

Orville Peck
Orville Peck
Combining the lulling ambiance of shoegaze with the iconic melodies and vocal prowess of classic American country music, outlaw cowboy, Orville Peck croons about love and loss from the badlands of North America. The resulting sound is entirely his own. He takes the listener down desert highways, through a world where worn out gamblers, road-dogs, and lovesick hustlers drift in and out of his masked gaze.

Orville’s debut album, Pony, delivers a diverse collection of stories that sing of heartbreak, revenge and the unrelenting tug of the cowboy ethos. Warm lap steel guitars and echoing drums move through dreamy ballads and sometimes near frantic buzzsaw tunes - all the while paying homage to his country music roots.

Pony’s lead single “Dead of Night” is a torch song about two hustlers traveling through Nevada desert. Their whirlwind romance takes us on a dusty trail of memories - racing down canyon highways, hitchhiking through casino towns and ultimately, ending in tragedy. Orville recalls the adventures of his young love, as he watches the boys silently pass him on the strip, haunted by the happy memories of his past.

On the campfire lullaby “Big Sky,” Orville sings about his past lovers - an aloof biker, an abusive boxer and an overly protective jailor in the Florida Keys - and the inevitable demise of each one, as he leaves them for the wide open, big sky.

Meanwhile “Turn To Hate” finds Orville struggling to keep his resentment from building into hatred. A continuous battle between embracing the strength and freedom of being an outsider, and the inevitable struggle of wanting normalcy and familiarity. It encapsulates Orville's dilemma as a cowboy. He sings about having to constantly repair situations in his wake, and fighting with himself over his decision making. To stay or go; to cry or not; whether to leave without saying goodbye in order to soften the blow; All the while wishing someone would tell him that they "can't stay," and to make the decision for him.

And “Buffalo Run” acts as a warning, a song built around the imagery of stampeding buffalo in the badlands of the Northern Plains. It begins peacefully, gradually getting faster and more frenetic, and ends in a release as the Buffalo are herded off the cliffside.

Pony was produced by Orville Peck, recorded and mixed by Jordan Koop at The Noise Floor on Gabriola Island, British Columbia and mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering in Montreal, Quebec.
Jo Passed
Jo Passed
Jo Passed is the songwriter band project of currently Vancouver based musician, Joseph Hirabayashi. After the breakup of Hirabayashi's band Sprïng in 2015, Joseph assembled material quickly and moved out to Montreal to start a new project in a new city. With the help of Mac Lawrie (Flash Palace, Cult Babies), Jo Passed released a debut EP entitled "Out" on Toronto label Craft Singles.

After returning back to the West Coast in early 2016, Joseph assembled a new lineup of Jo Passed with Bella Mckee on guitar, Spencer Hargreaves on bass, and Daniel Ruiz on drums; released a 2nd EP, "Up" through Los Angeles/Portland label Golden Brown (Lefse Records) and toured the West Coast many times. Since forming in 2015, Jo Passed has performed over 80 shows on both coasts in both Canada and the US. Jo Passed is currently working on a debut full length to be released in in the very near future.
Dick Stusso
Dick Stusso
Dick Stusso, born out of failure and contempt for modern life, rises to become everything he despises."

On November 6th, 2015, Vacant Stare Records released Bay Area swinger Dick Stusso's first physical, musical release, Nashville Dreams/Sings the Blues. Imagine a drunk, unsuccessful Elvis, recording himself entirely alone and at home. The albums, recorded using different malfunctioning recording equipment, play like the two part saga of of a midnight cowboy, frustrated and paralyzed at the gates of a career driven world.

Dick's inimitable singing voice and his range of musical capabilities make this a very well constructed collection of songs that manages to keep its sense of humour. At times he seems to be poking fun at himself. The songs become a sort of self effigy turned party mascot he can kick around and set fire to. Light hearted charm is curbed by cynicism owed to an underlying awareness of man's mortality. Yet, all in all, Dick is able to sidestep becoming morose, giving us moments of happily getting drunk in the backyard and being barefoot on the porch as well as some hopeful love songs set somewhere off into the sunset.
-Grace Cooper