Hypnotic and atmospheric indie pop from Chicago duo
Amp Live, Jeni Wren
830 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR, 97214
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Originally from Chicago, Houses is Dexter Tortoriello and Megan Messina. They formed in 2010 after a 3 month stint in Papaikou Hawaii living off the land. With no modern conveniences the couple worked for meals during the day cultivating indigenous microorganisms and learning the basics of sustainable living. They drank, showered and cooked with rain water applying the basics of grassroots, cultivated reality known to few. This was the inspiration behind their first album All Night put out on Lesfe Records. In the time since the couple have moved to Los Angeles, signed to Downtown Records (Major Lazer, White Denim, Cold War Kids, Miike Snow, Santigold) and written their sophomore album A Quiet Darkness with an equally if not more beautiful process. Recorded over the course of 2012 splitting time between their new home and Sonic Ranch, A Quiet Darkness's narrative tells the story of a husband and wife separated in the midst of a nuclear disaster and their attempt to reunite with one another along the Highway 10 in California before their inevitable deaths, each song taking place in different abandoned houses along the way. Tortoriello and Messina made the same trek a couple of times themselves to record sound and video at these abandoned houses that are featured in the album. The album's celestial ambiance and wanderlust concepts are conveyed throughout the recording with techniques employed by Tortoriello's production and the stark contrast between the minimal electronic pulses, found sounds and meandering and melancholy harmonies. The ethereal sound on which Houses was built is woven through A Quiet Darkness, the 2013 release shows a deep and pensive side to a band who clearly encompass a darker side of bliss; a bold new bravado that will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced love and loss.
Amp Live is building a rep as one of Cali's most talented and diverse music producer/djs. After his dreamy soulful beats for the hip-hop group Zion I, he has been able to produce for major and independent artist such as Akon (Warner), Flipsyde (Interscope Records), Nicole Schercenger of the Pussy Cat Dolls (Interscope), Tokyo Police Club, MGMT, Linkin Park, Goapele, and Mystic. Most importantly Amplive's most recent success has been his critically acclaimed "Rainydayz Remixes" album for the rock group Radiohead's In Rainbows LP. Always experimenting, Amplive has also done rock, dance, electro, mashups, and drum 'n bass.
In the past years, Amp Live has been a part of the video game industry, having his production being one of the main features for the Sony Traxxpad and also a basketball player character in the NBA 2K6 to the newly released 2K10 video game. Finally, Amp's beats have been featured on a number of movies, TV shows, and commercials, which include Nestle's "Wonka Candy-Feed Your Imagination" series, "So You Think You Can Dance", "Dirt" by Courtney Cox, "Friday Night Lights", "Honey", "Big Fat Liar","Leperchaun 4″, "Americas Top Model" by Tyra Banks, ESPN Sports center, and the "Jamie Kennedy Show".
Jeni Wren is powerful vocalist and songwriter whose originals, experimenting in funk, jazz soul and hip-hop, speak to the passion of human longing, influenced by artists including Jill Scott, Paloma Faith and Nina Simone.
Her recently released debut EP North Star, garnered positive press from the Portland Media for both the EP and her live show. The album showcases her vocals within a tapestry of sexy jazzy soul, produced by Matthew Flowers(Feist, The Visitors) and featuring strong support from many of Portland's fastest rising artists. It was released with positive critical reception, with features in the Willamette Weekly, SSG Music and Portland Pick as well as radio support on KMHD, KZME, KMUZ and Portland Radio Project.
Wren was a founding member of Shy Girls, who were voted Best New Band in Willamette Weekly's 2013 poll and has been rising within the Portland scene since the release of her EP, performing with local talents including Brownish Black, Magic Mouth and Ancient Heat as well as being a part of the 2013 Siren Nation Festival with Fault Lines and THEE Satisfaction. Keep your eyes open in 2014, with the release of her live album as well as performances throughout the NW.