Portland soul-pop band Dirty Mittens are making the trek over to Bend for the first time for a show at McMenamins on Wednesday. I spoke with frontwoman Chelsea Morrisey about her band’s fine new album “Heart of Town” and making music in the 21st century. Here’s an excerpt:
“It’s a world where, when you have a good single, people want to hear it now,” Morrisey said. “They want to hear it on YouTube and everywhere. There’s no time to waste, really, because that song’s not going to be relevant (in a year).
“I can write a song this afternoon and have it up on Soundcloud in an hour,” she continued, “and it’s like people’s ability to do that just changes the way music sounds all the time. Trends are moving so much more quickly.”
One thing that’s not trendy, but timeless: A great live show. Dirty Mittens prioritize theirs, putting in hours to ensure folks who show up to a gig don’t walk away disappointed, because you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
“We’re in an era where people just don’t really focus enough energy on their live show anymore,” Morrisey said. “It’s so easy to get popular from an MP3 on (influential music website) Pitchfork, it’s like they don’t even need to because people are going to pay to see their show just to be seen.”
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A couple other things worth highlighting this week:
–Portland country band Cloverdayle features the vocals of Rachel Hamar, who grew up here and graduated from Bend High School in 1997. They’re playing Maverick’s Country Bar and Grill on Saturday. Read all about it right here.
–The second half of 2011 seems to have brought about a reggae resurgence in Central Oregon, including a show tonight by Richie Spice. Read about the reggae uprising and Spice by clicking here.
Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Polyrhythmics, Sonos, ukelele master Aldrine Guerrero, Riders in the Sky, Emma Hill, Strive Roots, and a couple of warm-up punk shows at Innovation Theatre before the big launch party next weekend.