From Smiths to Smithereens: A Tribute to 80s College Rock – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – December 22nd, 2018

From Smiths to Smithereens: A Tribute to 80s College Rock

The 4th Annual "From Smiths to Smithereens" a Fundraiser for p:ear

From Smiths to Smithereens: A Tribute to 80s College Rock

Casey Neill & Friends, The Hackles (members of Blind Pilot), Jsun Atoms (The Upsidedown, Daydream Machine), Pacific Mean Time, The Cabin Project, Camp Crush, Wild Bells, Louder Than Moz

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is 21 and over

The 4th Annual "From Smiths to Smithereens: A Tribute to 80s College Rock”, a Fundraiser for p:ear
The 4th Annual "From Smiths to Smithereens: A Tribute to 80s College Rock”, a Fundraiser for p:ear
It's the 4th Annual "From Smiths to Smithereens: A Tribute to 80s College Rock", here to raise money and promote membership for p:ear core, p:ear’s monthly giving club, Eight Portland bands have been enlisted to play a few of their favorite ‘80s college rock covers. Expect tunes from R.E.M., New Order, The Clash, Kate Bush, Violent Femmes, The Cure, Camper Van Beethoven, Husker Du, Indigo Girls, U2, and of course, The Smiths and Smithereens.
Casey Neill & Friends
Casey Neill & Friends
Casey Neill is a songwriter and bandleader from Portland, Oregon performing high energy indie folk, infused with haunting melodies and weather beaten narratives. Neill performs as a solo act as well as with his band, The Norway Rats - a murderer’s row of Northwest music vets from acts such as The Decemberists and Eels. Neill tours with the band and solo throughout the USA, Japan, and Europe having performed at venues such as Town Hall in New York, NPR’s Mountain Stage, and the Newport Folk Festival. The new Casey Neill & The Norway Rats album Subterrene is a major leap forward that No Depression calls "a milestone in Neill and company’s trajectory thus far" while Rolling Stone says "(Neill's) songs mask their complexities beneath a simple, singalong-worthy surface... these swimming waters have serious depth."

A work of dystopian romance, Subterrene taps into new creative wells where electronic elements weave in and out underneath cutting guitars. While not a traditional concept album, Subterrene follows a distinct story arc. The ominous-yet-defiantly-optimistic portraits it paints were inspired in equal parts by vintage sci-fi novels, our current political climate, and the globetrotting manner in which Neill’s lived for the past few years. Casey is a frequent member of power pop band The Minus 5 along with Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck of R.E.M. (who both guest on Subterrene).

"These are songs with stories well told. This is what it's all about" - STEVE EARLE "Soul-searing songs “ - UTNE READER

Casey Neill’s career launched in 1997, after inking a three record deal with acoustic label Appleseed and contributing tracks to their Pete Seeger Tribute collection along with Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, and Bonnie Raitt. A compilation of his material entitled 'Memory Against Forgetting' was released by Indigo Girl Amy Ray's Daemon imprint in 2005. Following a few years treading the boards in New York City, Casey moved back to Portland and it's thriving music community. In 2007, a far more electric Casey Neill record ’Brooklyn Bridge' was released and The Norway Rats were formed. 'Goodbye to the Rank and File' followed in 2010 and “All You Pretty Vandals’ in 2014. A collaborative songwriting project with Japanese guitar legend Takashi O’hashi titled Big Bridges led to three sold out tours of Japan. Neill was also a core member of a cross country activist tour Roadshow of Resistance - a cultural response to destructive environmental policies of the current administration. At Newport Folk Festival, Casey was part of the all star Speak Out band with Lucius, Margo Price, Nate Rateliff and more. This historic set was released on LP as part of Record Store Day 2018.

Critic Marco Rivera described it best for music blog Splendid: “Be it through raucous rockers, fragile acoustic ballads, passionate bursts of punk fury or soulful touches of Irish folk, Neill's narrative talent and concern for real people's struggles stand out. (Neill) evokes an epic feel that fits perfectly with the implicit grandiosity of this emotional material, delivered with a raspy, affectionate voice that recalls Life's Rich Pageant-era Michael Stipe. The results are so evocative, you'll be tempted to steep further in these memories, the better to share Casey Neill's particular blend of personal and historical experience.”
The Hackles (members of Blind Pilot)
The Hackles (members of Blind Pilot)
The Hackles are Luke Ydstie and Kati Claborn. They met in 2008 at band practice and have been playing together most days since then. When not playing as a duo, the perform with a variety of projects including Blind Pilot, The Alialujah Choir, and Hook & Anchor. They live in Astoria, Oregon with their daughter and cat. Their debut record will be released in the spring of 2018.
Jsun Atoms (The Upsidedown, Daydream Machine)
Jsun Atoms (The Upsidedown, Daydream Machine)
Heralding 7 studio albums and over 40 film and television placements. Kaleidoscopic visionary and chief voice of seminal Portland psych band The Upsidedown, and more recently Daydream Machine, Jsun Atoms has guided his tribes on many national tours and shared the stage supporting the likes of The Jesus and Mary Chain, Hope Sandoval, Luna, Psychedelic Furs, The Black Angels, and The Dandy Warhols throughout Australia. Atoms also collaborates with Peter Holmstrom in Pete International Airport and his most recent collaboration Mother Mariposa had their first single drop November 1st on Picture In My Ear Records (Minneapolis).
Pacific Mean Time
When Pacific Mean Time released their 2014 debut, the band was in transition. Entering the studio as established Portland power pop quartet, Little Beirut, plans were to record the follow-up to 2010’s critically acclaimed, Fear of Heaven. Be it wanderlust, angst, or an effect of the grey skies and rugged expanses of the Pacific Northwest, the following months included enough changes in lineup, sound, and focus to compel reemergence as a new band altogether. From the first broken toy sounds in the intro of opening track, Blindfolds, it was apparent the group had shed crunchy guitars and harmony laden sing-a- long choruses in favor of a more subtle, slinky, and sexier approach, “sizzling with glorious organic and electronic textures”.

If PMT’s self titled debut showcased an indie band exploring new textures, 2018’s follow up, An Ocean to Swallow, solidifies this notion and ups the ante, presenting an intentional vision—a band comfortably in control of its sound. Exquisitely recorded and produced at Portland’s Jackpot! Recording Studio and Echo Hill Studio by Los Angeles based engineer/producer Rian O’Connell Lewis (Gorillaz, D.R.A.M.) in conjunction with guitarist, Edwin Paroissien, the 10 tracks on this self-released record bristle with hypnotic, propulsive beats; soaring synth arpeggios; rolling bass lines; and seductively understated vocal melodies.

Subtle and sexy has arrived in style. But don’t assume the listening experience will be relegated to cerebral explorations only to be enjoyed with the bong and headphones; new band member Anders Bergstrom’s drums weave a dizzying line between organic and electronic, man and machine, providing a muscular backbone that’ll just as likely have you leaving the couch to shake your ass.

“Lost some faith, but found some grace, shrug along”, singer Hamilton Sims emotes in Water Sign, a delicate moment of existential consideration belied by John Hulcher’s propulsive fuzz bass attack—reminding us that life can be full of questions and short on answers, but let’s have a good time in the process of trying to figure it all out! Lewis’s mixes are crisp and crunchy, painting a full resolution picture of a band comfortable with weaving dense sonic textural tapestries, but experienced enough to know when to rely on the essential elements.
The Cabin Project
The Cabin Project
The Cabin Project, made up of four Portland-based women, is an indie rock band whose sound stems from haunting choruses, two-part harmonies, pedals, synths and string sections. The songs are musically expansive, yet retain an intimacy similar to that of The National, Warpaint and Bon Iver.

Born in an attic "cabin" studio lined with Douglas Fir, the band started as a project of Katie Sawicki, a former-folksinger from Brooklyn. After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2008, Sawicki sought out musicians to collaborate with, leading her to musical partner Zanny Geffel, an orchestral drummer, rooted in jazz and percussion. Newest members, Jean Mastaler and Kelly Clifton create the band’s strings and bass section.

The Cabin Project's newest album, "Decenter" is set to be released January 31st, 2019. It was recorded by engineer Josh Powell of The Map Room Studio in Portland, Oregon, and is being mastered by acclaimed NYC based Sarah Register.
Best described by Tucson weekly...The Cabin Project is "A sonic reflection of watching a Southern winter unfold through a smudged window at a Greyhound bus station, the music is intimate and subtle and warm. It reveals melodic sparseness of Leonard Cohen and post-Low creep. And like Cohen, The Cabin Project has a lonesome sound, but not so much to make you feel all alone."
Camp Crush
Camp Crush
Camp Crush is New Wave rock coming out of Portland, OR. With similarities to their musical influences like The Cure, Blondie and Depeche Mode, Camp Crush’s music is a blend of vintage danceable new-wave and modern indie rock with horns, reminiscent of Rubblebucket and Tennis. Camp Crush is releasing their debut LP spring 2018.
Wild Bells
Wild Bells
Wild Bells is the musical home for singer/songwriter Pete Ficht. Formed in Portland in 2011, the band now emanates from Bend, OR.

You know Pete, how could you not? He’s that lanky guy from New Orleans, who moved here (Portland, duh!) in the mid-90s after a stellar stint down south with his group the House Levelers, a freewheeling folk-punk outfit that recorded an extremely promising record (Collectible? Sure, why not?) with Memphis legend Jim Dickinson (Hello? Big Star? Replacements, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins? Any of these ring a wild bell?)
Pete’s played guitar, keyboards, and bass in a ton of Portland groups over the eons: House Levelers, Noisecandy, Joy Pop Turbo, State Flowers, Lisa & Her Kin, and King Black Acid are some of the names on his crowded resume. Worthy bands all, Pete dabbled in everything from confectionary pop to desolate, bittersweet Americana to bang-and-twang trailer-park hootenanny. The man is a well-seasoned pro, one that usually takes a backseat to his co-stars. Not this time.
Pete sings and plays guitar with Wild Bells, and most importantly, he’s writing the kind of infectious tunes that we would normally expect from people named Matthew Sweet or the dB’s. A little shimmery jingle-jangle, a yearning voice, and maybe a stray tumbleweed or two, all fixed to choruses so catchy they’re practically terminal.

The original line-up of Pete, Scott Pettitt (drums), Sean Tichenor (bass), Craig Stahr (lead guitar), Sean Farrell (keyboards) and Ellen Louise Osborn (vocals) released their self-titled debut album in October, 2013 (produced by Tony Lash of Heatmiser and Dandy Warhols fame). An updated line-up with Jeff Porter (lead guitar) and Rachel Coddington (vocals) released a

3-song follow-up EP May Pang in 2015... but just a few months after that, Ficht relocated to Bend, Oregon, putting the band on an indefinite hiatus.

In Bend, Pete wrote 13 songs for the rock musical Senioritis and began playing bass with indie rockers AM Clouds and guitar with Juju Eyeball (a much-loved Beatles cover band). In late 2018, Pete put together a new Wild Bells line-up. Nicknamed “Wild Bends”, this line-up features Andy Jacobs (Goodbye Dyna) on lead guitar, Dan Larsson (Juju Eyeball) on bass, and Scott Oliphant (The Color Study) on drums.
Louder Than Moz
Louder Than Moz
Louder Thank Moz is Portland's preeminent Smiths/Morrissey tribute band. LTM formed in 2015 after Paul Tyo (guitar) and Troy Nixon (vocals) saw the Mozzer himself live in concert. Inspired by the enthusiastic, dedicated fan base they witnessed that evening and due to their own love of one of the most unique catalogs of songs in existence, they soon added Geof Garner (drums) and Aaron MacDonald (bass) to round out the lineup. LTM plays throughout the region for other true believers. Louder Than Moz lovingly and faithfully recreate these timeless gems with deft attention to detail.