Fringe Class, Rare Monk, NTNT, Koruscant Weekend
115 NW 5th Ave
Portland, OR, 97209
This event is all ages
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
First things first, our name is pronounced "Kor-Uh-Sawnt - Wii-Kend'
And onto the other stuff...
We're a band who loves playing music and enjoys the simple and nerdy things in life. We started this band because we love music and want to share our creativity with the world while having fun and maybe re-invent the death metal genre while we're at it.
In all seriousness, we hope you guys will join us at our shows and help support us and our music.