Drunken Prayer, The Mutineers, The My Oh Mys
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Morgan Geer, who performs as Drunken Prayer, is the son of a New Orleans folk singer and a California mushroom farmer. His wit comes easy, in whispers, shouts and sneers. He’s a showman–“a barking ringleader with chops between Tom Waits and the Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes” (Willamette Week, Portland, OR).
Geer wrote many of Drunken Prayer’s first compositions while wood-shedding on a farm in Sonoma County, California, before moving to Portland, OR. The songs that made up the first Drunken Prayer (self-titled) record are a mix of dark blues, country and traditionals; dynamic, with “an almost inculpable sincerity” (Mountain Xpress, Asheville, NC). His swampy vocals and angular guitar style create a nicely creepy backdrop for rakish, playful stories of eternal themes at the core of tracks like “What Made Me Kill” and “The Demon”, contrasting sharply with the sweet melody and sentiment of “Pearls and Swine”. Blurt Magazine called the album “one part The Band, one part Tonight’s The Night, and one part sinner’s remorse… Bad Seeds-in-New Orleans noir.”
In February, 2012 Drunken Prayer joined Portland based Fluff and Gravy Records to release Into the Missionfield, an ambitious record with gut-bucket guitars, keys, and heavy percussion. The sounds are bluesy and psychedelic; the horn arrangements are as loose and buoyant as a New Orleans Jazz funeral. The lyrics are as sweet as they are damning. No Depression raved that “Every artist should so coherent when in the midst of such intoxicating revelry”, and the Portland Mercury went so far as to call Geer “Warren Zevon’s medium, showing him the world from the great beyond”.
House of Morgan, the November 2013 release (Fluff and Gravy) finds Geer taking things into his own hands. While the critically acclaimed Into the Missionfield was a densely layered studio undertaking, House of Morgan, was self-recorded using a Tascam cassette machine, a Radio Shack condenser mic, and Garage Band with nearly all of the instruments played by Geer in his bedroom. The resultant tracks are striking in their raw and naked beauty. From an enchanting cover of the old Depression era, “On Mobile Bay”, to screaming punk/blues rants like “KEF-666″ and “Ultrabad”, the musical themes are widely varied.
These tracks offer a window into the mind of Morgan Geer, and the view that it affords is at once unsettling and comfortable. Though the record is sometimes a sharp contrast to previous efforts, this is undoubtedly a Drunken Prayer record. Geer’s trademark vocals, guitar, and wit are the threads that tie these divergent records together. Each track it’s own vignette, “Taken as a whole, House of Morgan begins to make a kind of sense on its own White Album-esque terms” (Portland Mercury).
Morgan, who splits residence between Asheville, NC and Portland, OR, is also the current studio and touring guitar player for Freakwater.
Geer’s previous band, The Unholy Trio of Asheville, NC, also featured members of The Reigning Sound and Freakwater. On their 5th Year Anniversary compilation Bloodshot Records featured the Trio’s devilish version of Public Enemy’s “Bring the Noise”.
"Life's too short to play it safe," declare The Mutineers in unison on their new song "Ace." Frontman and songwriter Brian Mathusek is not waiting around for things to get better. "Let's hit the road before it gets too late." Like many members of the Santa Barbara-based quartet, he has roamed from East to West and most places in-between. Along the way, he has gathered stories of hope and fear, love and loss. Songs like "California" recall his younger years, struggling to make ends meet in a new town. In other early tunes, like "End of the World," he questions faith: "I want to know whose religion wins, and what counts as sin." Throughout Mathusek's writing there has always been an openness and honesty that seems to come straight from the heart—there are no gimmicks. Such is the case in the latest eight-song release from The Mutineers, entitled, From the Dirge to the Dance.
The entire album displays more texture and virtuosity than any of the band's previous EP's. Along with longtime friends Michael Astudillo on acoustic guitar, Merry Young on drums and recent addition Terry Luna on stand-up bass, Mathusek and his fellow Mutineers have been stirring up a fierce blend of folksy "pub rock" marked by sweet-and-sour storytelling, mug-swinging melodies and foot-stomping beats. As a trio, their first EP, Tidal Wave (2008), was well received with radio play on several stations in California. It wasn't long before they began to share stages with such artists as Langhorne Slim, The Devil Makes Three, The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band and The Tallest Man on Earth. Their second EP, titled Nihilisteria (2009), was a more dynamic exploration of their evolving sound, reminiscent of bands like X, The B-52s, The Pogues, and The Velvet Underground.
The My Oh Mys
The My Oh Mys are a 5-peice rock band from Portland Oregon. Formed by the unholy alliance of really short people, really tall people, one normal sized person and one REALLY hungry person and forged in the blazing fire of handfulls of gigs in front of at least a few folks we aren't directly related to, The My Oh Mys play rock music for the people with no regard to decibel level, grammar, or proper stage-attire.
The band consists of Jeff Baxter, Anders Bergstrom, Tom Nunes, Bones Caragol and Ezra Holbrook, all former or current members of some of the NW's most beloved bands (The Decemberists, Jive Talking Robots, Triclops Organ Trio, Rob Stroup & the Blame, The Minus 5, Curtis Salgado, The ForReals, Jeremy Wilson, Dr. Theopolis, Redray Frazier). We are currently preparing to release our first full length record "A Howl Against the Wind" in the spring/summer of 2013 with shows/tour dates to follow.
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