Updated: Sep 3, 2019
PORTLAND -- Every band that played the Doug Fir Lounge on East Burnside Street last night was celebrating new music. Each had a new single, and two of the bands are gearing up for full album releases in the coming weeks.
The night at the cozy, wooden confines of the Doug Fir concert hall was kicked off by Sea Caves, a soft rock quintet featuring not one but two flutes wielded by vocalists Sydney Rohrs and Shiloh Halsey (who also plays guitar). Cameron Jones’ impressive cymbal work and backing vocals were lent to tracks filled with blissful harmonies, and Brian Nelson on bass and Johnny Askew on the keyboard added fullness to the sound of the live show.
The band ended its setlist with a new single, "Dart," a fluttery tune that seems would be perfect to wake up to in the morning. Or, in this case, to usher the crowd along to the rest of the show.
Next, rising Portland pop band DoublePlusGood, fresh off of a two-week tour, enjoyed a raucous homecoming show. The band, helmed by lead vocalist Erik Carlson, heralded the roll-out of “Honest Man,” a single from the upcoming album Who’s Your Man?
The tour sent the band clear down to Phoenix, Arizona, playing venues in Oregon and California along the way. It’s clear that the group has been perfecting its live show in the process. It was apparent in the audience that the four-piece -- featuring Carlson, guitarist Shawn Thornhill, bassist Jacob Marsh and drummer Cole Johnston -- is immediately at home playing these songs onstage together.
With Carlson bedecked in shiny black shoes and a collared shirt featuring white eagles, he’s soaring all over the stage, snapping his fingers and swerving his hips to the 50’s pop grooves. His crooning flew into crescendos, slapped and stomped out with the help of building drums and bass, the whole thing punctuated by sizzling solo-work by Thornhill.
All of this had the crowd very well warmed up for headliner TENTS, Portland’s hometown indie heroes who have garnered a loyal following in just a few years. TENTS opened the set by debuting a new music video for “Hutah,” a romp of a tune featured on their upcoming album, Medicine.
The video, recorded by lead vocalist Brian Hall, features family and friends of the band, including Carlson from DoublePlusGood, who attended the same music school as Hall.
Hall's voice rings out crystal clear atop happy, bumbling folk jams. He's joined in singing by his partner Amy Hall, and the other members of the band include Joe Greenetz on drums, Matthew Taylor on bass and Chris Hall on guitar.
The band's folksy sound was complimented by their matching attire: simple, rustic brown tunics that reflect the bucolic and natural themes of the songs.
In addition to "Hutah," TENTS also recently released the title track off of Medicine, which is available on streaming sites. The album is due out on Oct. 17, the same day the band is scheduled to return from a multi-city tour to promote the release. Dates include Seattle, Oakland, and Los Angeles.
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