Live in the Atrium
Ezra Bell, Pablo Dylan
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 16 and over
Ezra Bell's first full-length debut features ebullient soul twang, flowing and leaping like the music of a late 60s/early 70s recording of well-trained freaks dabbling in various genres. This Portland band sounds like they effortlessly recorded one of those forgotten-gem "cult albums", despite it being early 2018.
After three well-received EPs and playing regularly in Portland since 2013, the playfully literate and cheerfully plaintive Benjamin Wuamett and his gaggle of quite fit players, conjure up a festive dusky folk-rock-blues-jazz-R&B-pop vibe that doesn't smother out the melancholy. These haunted stories include key tracks "Tourists" ("This one is about realizing the game is rigged, but you still have to play; it's the only game in town"); "Yawning at the Seance ("This one is about the stories we tell ourselves in order to feel like everything is okay"), and "Let Me Do the Talking." About that last one: "The opening line is a rip-off of something the boxer Jack Johnson said when asked how he managed to so intrigue women. He said 'eat jellied eels and think distant thoughts.' I think it's one of the great travesties (and a telling indictment of our society) of our time that a great man's name has been usurped by some surfer singing about breakfast." The glistening, giddy music on these tracks help to document the car-wreck gas-lit lifestyles Wuamett masterfully describes. He displays gleaming shards of a self-depreciative self-awareness but also someone busy getting lost. "The overall theme going into this?" Wuamett answers to what the album is about. "Desperation. A call to arms. A whimper. A declaration that being witty by yourself at 4 AM in a basement, is a poor way to live." Ezra Bell features Maurice Spencer (bass), Tom Trotter (drums), Aaron Mattison (horns and arrangements), Honora Hildreth (backing vocals and percussion), and Jeremy Asay (keys and guitar) more-than-ably backing up Wuamett's story-songs and satirical jigs with organic precision.
Pablo discovered his own passion for the art at a young age and possessed the ambition to make his mark on the world just the same. In his early teens, Pablo focused on finding his voice and experimented with a number of musical styles. He continued with a string of one-off record releases in the years to follow. He also earned production credits in collaboration with artists like Erykah Badu, ASAP Rocky, OG Maco, D.R.A.M., and Brent Faiyaz. Pablo soon grew disillusioned with the highly-influenced process of creating music simply with focus on sales projections instead of artistic integrity. So, he took a break from releasing music, locked himself in the studio and thus began his journey into a new-found sound. This past year, Pablo returned with a slew of new musical releases, which prove that he has discovered his own unique sound born from experimental ambient and classical music.
On his new EP, entitled ‘The Finest Summersault,’ Pablo introduces an introspective and luminous rock/alternative sound inspired by his infamous lineage. In each track, Pablo shares a message of perseverance and justice, portraying his perspective of the world we live in. Born out of experimentation, the project is layered with dark, moody sounds, heartfelt melodies, and lyrics about personal experiences.