DoublePlusGood – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – September 18th, 2014

DoublePlusGood

Woodchuck Cider Sweet N Local Presents synth- and guitar-driven pop group releasing new album

DoublePlusGood

Secret Drum Band, Fringe Class

Thu, September 18, 2014

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

$5.00

This event is 21 and over

DoublePlusGood
DoublePlusGood
DoublePlusGood is a Portland based band whose melodies have a way of following listeners out of the club. Having been established flag bearers for synth-pop in the Northwest for more than a decade, the trio command a production competence rivaled only by their melodic sensibilities.

The trio, consisting of singer/bassist Erik Carlson, guitarist Jared Anderson, and keyboard player Jason Andersen, have plugged into a sound that owes its glimmering production to the icy dance-floor cool of ’80s new wave as much as it does the heart-on-your-sleeve earnestness of the indie-pop of the early aughts. Carlson’s brassy baritone conveys lyrical sentiment of love-weary wisdom via stubborn romanticism, and is augmented by the groups penchant for upbeat slick arrangements.

The band’s broad appeal is best represented in its list of collaborations, remixes, and live shows. They have shared the stage and worked with bands like Typhoon, remixing fellow local pop outfit Wild Ones, and opening for Black Moth Super Rainbow, Subtle, Why?, and Ariel Pink.

Named after a self-help book at from the turn of the last century, DoublePlusGood’s new full-length, “You Can Master Life,” joyously mocks the notion of mastery in relationships, and rather explores the inadequacies of high expectations. The record is book-ended by songs which celebrate the surrender to the life’s unpredictability, and catalogs the fight for control in between.
Secret Drum Band
Secret Drum Band
Secret Drum Band is a percussion ensemble based in Portland, Oregon. Driven by four drummers, each song also employs an array of affected vocals, guitar, and synthesizers, often mimicking sounds found in nature. Founder/composer Lisa Schonberg and composer Allan Wilson document habitats and soundscapes in their compositions, with the goal of drawing attention to issues concerning endangered species, habitat loss, and other environmental issues. Stylistically, Secret Drum Band pull from a unique vantage point, drawing allusions from Liquid Liquid, The Creatures, and Crash Worship, as well as the composers’ previous groups Explode Into Colors and !!! (chk chk chk). Secret Drum Band’s live performances are transportive, an opportune meditation on the relationships between humans, ecology and music. All pieces are carefully scored by Schonberg and Wilson, allowing each musician to realize the complex and intricate arrangements in a live setting. Secret Drum Band's compositions have covered topics such as the endangered bees of Hawaii, the Mojave desert, and logging in Mount Hood National Forest. Secret Drum Band's live performances feature percussionists Schonberg, Wilson, Anthony Brisson, and Zanny Geffel, and a rotating lineup of ambient musicians including Sam Humans, Brian Mumford, and Marcus Fischer. SDB’s recent releases include their first full-length LP Dynamics and Schonberg's EP of her Amazonas compositions, UAU. Secret Drum Band is currently booking shows for a March 2019 tour of Northeastern US states.
Fringe Class
Fringe Class
Fringe Class is a five piece synth-pop band from Portland, OR. In the setting of a live dance band, they create an atmosphere that groups electro-punk and new wave (minus guitars) to provide a soundtrack to the post-apocalyptic, super-youth experience. Madi Gold leads the band with a voice that avoids all subtleties, and they're ready to play your pool party.