Bike Thief

Bike Thief

Formed 5 years ago in Austin by singer and guitar player, Febian Perez, the Progressive Psych Rock band Bike Thief is now situated in Portland, Oregon where they are recordingtheir upcoming Impaler LP. Also featuring Chad Van Dyke on lead guitar and bassist Patrick White, the group has spent countless hours meticulously crafting this record and is headed in the direction Febian has always imagined.

Influenced by Radiohead, King Crimson, and Arcade Fire among other bands, Bike Thief’s sound mixes post rock and psych rock and covers a wide range of sounds and concepts they’ve been aching to explore as a band, and also range dynamically between texturally minimal and eerie to boisterous and aggressive. The new album also carries several themes ranging from loss, lust, introspectiveness, growth, and hope and is a drastic approach from the last two records, Stuck In A Dream (2014) and Ghost of Providence (2013). Despite any differences, their dynamic sound is always a constant.

The first single is titled “Dark Dances”, which was produced by Riley Geare of Unknown Mortal Orchestra. It features Patti King of Radiation City on backing vocals and Greg Allen on viola and its accompanying music video was directed/edited/written by Ryne Freed. The song has taken shape over a long period of the band's history, but recently became a priority of their focus. Febian expresses themes of lust and the varied dynamics of past relationships. It’s a meaningful track to him, and like the rest of the new album, is full of symbolism that convey those experiences artistically. The new album is scheduled for release in 2016 and for now we get a taste of things to come with the first single, “Dark Dances”.

De La Warr (Farewell Show)

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, the young turks of Rare Monk sound simultaneously like everything and nothing you've ever heard. While the obvious signposts are there to guide you (Modest Mouse, Phoenix), Rare Monk combine their love of late 90s alternative with a fevered pop intensity, before shooting the whole thing into outer space to see what comes back.

That psychedelic insanity can be traced back to their college roots, when the guys were the go-to band for drunken debauchery and sonic exploration. Having grown exponentially as a band since those early house party days, Rare Monk have teamed up with noted producer Skyler Norwood (Blind Pilot, Horsefeathers) for their first full-length Death By Proxy.

By turns their most ambitious and deceptively simple release to date, Death By Proxy is immediately accessible, while continually surprising upon each spin.

"Although we draw upon many genres for inspiration, we've been creating our own based on nothing other than "these are the songs we wrote cause they sound cool."

The giddy pop thrill of the title track and the funky, slow burn of "Underground" acts as the band's mission statements, and according to Dorian, summarizes what the band has been building towards since forming in 2009.

"Regardless of where our music falls on the spectrum, I think it's pretty genuine. I think the important thing here is not to try and fit a compartmentalized soundscape, or be different from everyone else; the importance lies in doing what you are passionate about. Passion is genuine."

For fans of: Modest Mouse, Phoenix, Helio Sequence



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