The Parson Red Heads, Desert Noises, Said The Whale

The Parson Red Heads

The Parson Red Heads are a folk-rock band from Portland, OR (by way of Los Angeles, CA). Over the course of the past 10 years, The Parsons have released three full lengths, seven EP's, and a couple 7" records full of jangley, melodic-yet-psychedelic folk-rock music, at times verging on power pop. The Parsons are always evolving - they have made records with friends, with family, and even with legends such as Chris Stamey (of The dB's), Raymond Richards (of The Idaho Falls), and Scott McCaughey (of The Minus 5, Baseball Project, Young Fresh Fellows, and REM). They've recorded everywhere from beautiful high end studios to low-ceilinged basements on 4-track cassette machines (and everywhere in-between).

The past year saw them release their third full length (Orb Weaver, on Fiesta Red Records), two EPs (6, and Early Birds Volume II both on Parson Farm Records), and a 7", tour the country twice, even travel to Spain to headline the amazing Summer Pie Music Festival on the island of Mallorca!

They are now holed up at home in Portland, writing songs for a new record, playing some occasional live shows, and trying to plan what 2015 has in store!

Desert Noises is Kyle Henderson, Tyler Osmond, Patrick Boyer, and Brennan Allen, four adventurers from Utah Valley, UT. Ask about their recent musical influences, and you’ll extract a litany on the riches of Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, and Tame Impala. If it seems an unlikely trio of choices, it simply means that you haven't yet become acquainted with their propulsive, jangle-rich breed of rock 'n roll. Desert Noises make music for shouting into canyons, jumping into rivers, and getting married to the wide-open road. With a strong maturity in their songwriting, they conjure the majesty of the American pastoral landscape.
While one can pick out definite strains of blues and Americana, their often-ferocious delivery and penchant for shredding guitars elicits a powerful transcendence into psychedelic rock. This is felt most strongly in their live performances, where they harness their visceral energy in new ways each night.
Desert Noises work with an emotional palette that is sophisticated beyond their years, as front-man Kyle Henderson translates melancholy, longing, and regret into lyrical fables like a seasoned troubadour. He seems to be howling into the vastness with all of his might, romancing his hopelessness and taking comfort in open spaces.
These four young men are enchanting hearts across the country, having shared the stage with such notable contemporaries as The Head and The Heart, Local Natives, The Morning Benders, Blitzen Trapper, Miniature Tigers, and Pepper Rabbit. With their gaze set enthusiastically into the future and a new album on the way, the chronicle of Desert Noises is just beginning to unfold.

Said The Whale formed in 2007 as a collaboration between songwriters Ben Worcester and Tyler Bancroft. The pair's debut EP, Taking Abalonia, featured sunny west coast indie pop, with breezy harmonies, shimmering guitars, and lyrical tributes to their home city of Vancouver. In 2008, the album was rereleased as Howe Sounds/Talking Abalonia, featuring seven additional tracks that stretched the band's stylistic palate to include bubblegum folk ("The Light Is You"), thundering hard rock ("Last Tree Standing") and gentle ukulele ballads ("The Real of It"). After several personnel changes, the group settled upon a five-piece lineup that includes bassist Nathan Shaw, drummer Spencer Schoening, and keyboardist Jaycelyn Brown. The quintet embarked upon a rigorous touring schedule, crossing Canada numerous times and landing high profile gigs at V-Fest 2008 in Calgary and the nationally televised Canada Day celebration on Parliament Hill.

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The Parson Red Heads, Desert Noises, Said The Whale

Tuesday, June 4 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Doug Fir Lounge