Bike Thief

Bike Thief

"If Typhoon and The Decemberists were to form a super-band, Bike Thief would be the offspring of that band. Dressed as if they were going to prom, these locals play as if they’ve been together for 20 years. Their sound was unbelievably tight, playing upbeat indie-rock dance songs that when I closed my eyes I could envision hearing on 94/7. During the set I noticed the songs held a dreamlike quality, along with a drum that tromped along through the show, guiding the rhythm into something everybody could dance to."
-Zack Perry of

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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Bike Thief with De La Warr (Farewell Show), Rare Monk

Wednesday, June 5 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Doug Fir Lounge