Lubec – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – September 21st, 2014

Lubec

The Portland Mercury and Mississippi Studios Present EAR CANDY with PDX band releasing new album

Lubec

Night Mechanic, Old Wave

Sun, September 21, 2014

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

Free

This event is 21 and over

Lubec
Lubec
"[ROCK DEVELOPMENTS] At times overwrought in its effort to convey some heavy emotional states, Portland quartet Lubec turns in 11 tracks on a full-length debut that surveys life around the city. On The Thrall, the quartet’s exuberance is conveyed primarily through vocal harmonies, which have been steadily developing since the band’s initial recordings dating back to 2011. Lubec has been significantly cleaned up since then, so it’s not all climaxing on this new disc. Instead, the band cycles through fey pop sections and work beholden to the K Records conception of pop. And again, each member of the band being more than capable of getting on the mic doesn’t hurt. For “The Morning Beatdown,” apart from writing some sly and smirking ode to encountering a shitty day, the band sings syrupy sweet about an otherwise sour subject. It’s not all sidelong glances, though. “Local Celebrity” gets into seeing folks around town and finds Lubec coming off like an act that could have opened for the Deal sisters back in the 1990s. It’s not that The Thrall is a throwback to that era, but it clearly finds footing in a similar landscape: the layered dual-guitar solo on “Local Celebrity” is a testament to that. Sticking around for as many years as Lubec has without reaping any huge reward hints that the purposeful tension is more than just a good musical idea. The Thrall is likely not a moment-defining release for Portland, but it is a willful and deliberate work of an ever-developing cadre of performers."

-Willamette Week
Night Mechanic
Night Mechanic
"[BLUE-COLLAR GUITAR POP] Night Mechanic’s third album will hit like a rush of blood to the heart for anyone wondering where all the great indie-rock guitar bands have gone. It’s not just that the Portland four-piece keeps the amps cranked: Pat Bayliss and Chris Vallerga spend Day Surgery’s brisk running time tying their instruments around each other in colorfully melodic knots, like a jumpier Built to Spill, minus the penchant for jamming off into the ether. These are nine tightly woven songs that move, and the 12-string interplay is what motors them along. If singer Andre Cobley takes a backseat, well, he is the one sitting on the drum throne. But if the guitars are the engine, Cobley is the guy with his foot on the accelerator. Dude knows how to write hooks that explode like a shaken soda can and exactly when to detonate them. Opener “Plywood Association of Nuts and Bolts” builds from its proggy announcing riff, and galloping “Whip It” drums into a throat-straining roar as Cobley introduces his “newborn son,” “made from nuts and bolts in a jar.” (It might be a metaphor for the songwriting process, or the description of an actual robot child. Hard to tell.) “Quaking Bush” is a springy bit of pogo-disco, while “Forceps” is a master class in tension release, skittering around before uncoiling into a big, ascendant chorus. Not once does Day Surgery drag its feet, and the band never lets its instrumental brawn get in the way of a good song. This is effusively likable power-pop that actually pops. "

-Willamette Week
Old Wave
Old Wave
Old Wave is Adam Brock, Amanda Farmer, Abbey Hickman, and Barra Brown. They strive to create beautiful music through intricate arrangement, layered vocal harmony, storytelling and dynamics.

Old Wave will release their self-titled debut album January 15th, and it will be available for free download. This show will be the album release party!

The band came together when Amanda Farmer heard one of Adam's songs on the radio and approached him about adding her voice and keyboard talents. Adam knew drummer Barra Brown through the jazz scene and met singer/keyboardist Abbey Hickman shortly after she moved to Portland from Boston. The four quickly became close friends and started performing in the spring of 2013.