Swansea – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – April 28th, 2015

Swansea

Showdeer and Veronica Booking present a night of melodic rock-pop

Swansea

Us Lights, LiquidLight

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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

$7.00

This event is 21 and over

Swansea
Swansea
Swansea formed in 2011 when Portland, Oregon mainstays, musician/actress/writer, Rebecca Sanborn (Loch Lomond, Blue Cranes) and drummer, Ji Tanzer (Blue Cranes, Rebecca Gates) recruited Kansas City multi-instrumentalist/singer Kyleen King to expand the sound of their long standing duo project. As a trio, in 2012 the group released their first full length album “Old Blood” and completed multiple tours of the United States. Between 2013-2015, Swansea toured Europe and found significant success in scoring and licensing music for a diverse array of films, including the track & field documentary “We Grew Wings” (2013), the feature length, multi-award winning dramas “Light of Mine” (2013), “A Standing Still” (2014) and “Death On A Rock” (2015). With the engineering/production help of John Askew (Neko Case, Wild Flag), Swansea’s sophomore album, “Flaws” was released April 28th 2017 on the Self Group label. Stylistically, Swansea combine artful narrative and atmospheric sweep with a touch of dancey, off-the-cuff toughness–often drawing comparison to LCD Soundsystem, Feist and My Brightest Diamond.
Us Lights
Us Lights
Back in September of 2013, I went to see Porcelain Raft at Bunk Bar, and on a rare occasion, the local opener happened to pique my interest. Us Lights were just sprouting (formed in summer of 2013) , but the five-piece already possesed that unquantifiable trait - they sound like Us Lights, and not a cheap imitation of established artists. Layers of textures from moody synths, steadfast rhythm section, stadium-worthy vocals, and an intricate sampling create an atmospheric pop that is intangible yet tantalizing." -- Autumn Andel, Prefix Magazine

"Us Lights, is a newish dark-pop band from members of the Brothers Young and Hurtbird (among lots of other Portland bands). "Sometimes Smile" is an eerie but propulsive number that conjures an intricate spiral pattern like a spider's web. There's tons of atmosphere here, with muscly bass and cannon-like drums providing a sturdy foundation to the more ethereal, water-drop elements." -- NED LANNAMANN, Portland Mercury
LiquidLight
LiquidLight
LiquidLight is a true rock band. In an age where popular culture pushes to “out-extreme” the latest and greatest, LiquidLight pursues balance and clarity with respect to great rock tradition. With their first full length album, 2015’s Uninitiated, they were named Best Emerging Alt Rock Band by the prestigious Deli Magazine. Their debut showcased the band’s tremendous potential as a post-punk, alternative powerhouse. LiquidLight’s sophomore LP Wicked Radio, released in September 2017 is a commentary on the divide between pop songs and having strong instrumental personality. "Those things used to be wrapped up in one package but they have been growing further apart for decades. Our goal was to bring them together in our own way.”


With a high standard of execution, strong melodies and elements of psychedelic and alternative influences, the music conveys a new, yet referential optimism. “LiquidLight has managed to produce an album that is not quite like anything else hitting your eardrums lately” - Eleven Magazine