After all of my hype (see here and here) about Monday night’s PDXchange show featuring Viva Voce, Damien Jurado and Loch Lomond, I ended up missing the whole thing because of a nasty cold. Total bummer.
So, I hit up a couple of guys who I knew were there to see if Frequency could at least provide a sort of visual overview of the night. Below, you’ll find several still photos by Byron Roe of Byron Roe Photography (website here: www.studio-br.com), who shoots all PDXchange shows, plus a few videos by John Michaelson of Bend, who I “know” through Twitter (follow him: @Angry_Antlers).
Portland-based indie rock duo Viva Voce come to Bend Monday to help kick off the 2011 PDXchange Program series, along with Damien Jurado and Loch Lomond. I talked to Anita Robinson about Viva Voce’s new album, “The Future Will Destroy You,” which is due out in June.
“We feel like these songs are really representative of Viva Voce as a band,” she said. “For the past couple of records, we’ve really experimented and our fans have been really patient and understanding and supportive … but the feedback we’ve heard from them is kind of what we feel inside, too, and that’s that when we just play the two of us, somehow it’s more special to our fans and we feel a stronger connection to them.”
As for the sound of the upcoming album, Anita is playing it close to the vest.
“No one’s heard them yet so I’m really curious to hear what kind of feedback we’re going to get,” she said. “I think that people are going to love the songs and that’s ultimately our hope. We’re really, really proud of them, and we pushed ourselves in a way that we haven’t before.”
Click here to read the whole thing. Also, stay tuned to Frequency for more about Damien Jurado, who your humble blogger just happens to consider one of the finest songwriters going.
The Truth & Salvage Co. rolls into the Silver Moon on Sunday evening, bringing with ’em a likable, harmony-heavy country-rock sound. I spoke with drummer Bill Smith about the band’s origins.
(Truth & Salvage Co.) has roots in North Carolina, where Smith, guitarist Scott Kinnebrew and keyboardist Walker Young played in a hot jazz/ragtime band called Scrappy Hamilton.
Scrappy was “Django (Reinhardt) meets rockabilly meets Squirrel Nut Zippers,” Smith said, thanks in large part to Kinnebrew’s upbringing in New Orleans.
Over a few years, the three men made their way to Los Angeles to find their paths, and they continued to play together, eventually settling into Hollywood’s famed Hotel Cafe for jam sessions.
It was there they met Tim Jones, another singer-songwriter who had come to L.A. to make music his career.
Jones was welcomed into the fold “with open arms,” Smith said, and the group began holding beer-soaked jams and songwriting sessions at their house on Gower Street.
“(Truth & Salvage Co.) exploded out of that,” he said.
Elsewhere in this week’s music section, we’ve got a CD-release show from Portland-based, Bend-connected band Water & Bodies, a big benefit show with an all-star lineup for local violinist Erin Zurflu, the return of tech-savvy, Bay Area jam-band Moonalice, and a big dance party thrown by the Slipmat Science crew. A little farther west in Deschutes County, there’s a benefit show in Tumalo for the High & Dry Bluegrass Festival, bluesman David Jacobs-Strain visits Sisters’ HarmonyHouse, and Portland’s wonderful Weinland plays The Barn in Sisters.
Looks like I’ll get my wish: According to an e-mail I just received from the publicist for Portland-based and Bend-connected band Loch Lomond, the band is scheduled to play the Tower on March 7 as part of a tour with another fine Portland band, Viva Voce, plus the amazing Seattle singer-songwriter Damien Jurado.
In an e-mail this morning, Abel confirmed that this is indeed the first PDXchange show of 2011. Stoked. He also wanted you to know that people who join his mailing list at www.PDXchangeProgram.com will get more details and links to buy tickets when they go on sale.