Volcanic Pinnacles / The Mercury Tree – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – May 1st, 2019

Volcanic Pinnacles / The Mercury Tree

Ascendant Beer Company presents a $5 double-bill featuring genre-bending and epic instrumental bands

Volcanic Pinnacles / The Mercury Tree

Phil Hesh

Wed, May 1, 2019

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

$5 ADV/DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seating

 

Volcanic Pinnacles
Volcanic Pinnacles is a Portland duo that creates dense clouds of ambient, melodic, and grooving sound. Drawing inspiration from the likes of spiritual jazz (Pharoah Sanders, John Coltrane) as well as avant garde and post rock pioneers (Can, Colin Stetson, Do Make Say Think), the duo bridges the gap between free jazz, post rock, psychedelic rock, and world rhythms. Saxophone player Tony Mowe utilizes electronics to push his instrument into innovative territory, creating a deep droning wave of melody, while drummer Mark Musselman sculpts the sound into shifting polyrhythmic layers. Volcanic Pinnacles is based in St. Johns.
The Mercury Tree
The Mercury Tree
THE MERCURY TREE is an experimental prog-rock band from Portland, Oregon. It started in 2004 as a solo project of Ben Spees (vocals, guitars, keyboards), and became a full band in 2006 with the addition of James Crutcher (bass), Avery Cooper (guitars), and Mike Byrne (drums). In 2007, THE MERCURY TREE debuted with the self-titled LP and continued with EP's "Eerie" (2009) and "Descent" (2010).
In 2011, Ben Spees renewed THE MERCURY TREE with new partners - Alan Johnson (bass) and Connor Reilly (drums) – and produced the second LP-album, “Pterodactyls” which marked a new direction in the band's evolution, towards more complicated, intricate, experimental and progressive rock-music. It was followed up with "Freeze in Phantom Form" LP (2012), "Family Style" EP (2014), and two magnificent LP-albums "Countenance" (2014) and "Permutations" (2016).
The current band's line-up features: Ben Spees (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Connor Reilly (drums), and Oliver Campbell (bass).
Phil Hesh