Rose Windows

The notion that there is nothing new under the sun can be both a blessing and a curse to musicians. On the one hand, it absolves artists from any nagging sense that they have to reinvent the wheel with every new project. On the other, it makes innovation seem like a fool's errand. Seattle songwriter Chris Cheveyo embraces this blessing, but with his compatriots in Rose Windows, he also defies the curse. The band follows standard Western traditions in their instrumentation, using the basic tools employed in past decades of American and British rock music. Elements of The Band's folk-infused rock, The Doors organ-driven psychedelia, and Black Sabbath's blues-based dirges can be heard in Rose Window's debut album The Sun Dogs. But the septet's curiosity goes much further than a few well-chosen classic rock records. The band devoured Persian, Indian, and Eastern European music, studying the beautiful and strange paths taken by visionaries and renegades in other corners of the globe, and incorporated the revelations learned in the process into their sound. In doing so, The Sun Dogs challenges the assumption that all creative territories have been mapped out and charted. While Rose Windows aren't interested in making music of the future, one reviewer was wise enough to note "a sound like this would not be possible in any other time."

Musically, The Sun Dogs is an album based on the idea of sifting through the past, extracting bits and pieces, and re-imagining these into new forms. It's about observing and building upon musical traditions. Thematically, Cheveyo describes The Sun Dogs as being about "the everyday blues that capitalism and its hit man, religion, bring on all of us." More specifically, he sees The Sun Dogs as an acknowledgment of the circular nature of the rat race, learning to accept the evil in the world, taking joy wherever we can, and ultimately disavowing traditions of exploitation and violence. That search for finding light in the dark is perfectly captured in the album opener "The Sun Dogs I: Spirit Modules," as the ominous verses uncoil into beautifully lush string arrangements and vocal harmonies. "Native Dreams" displays the band's affinity for both exotic melodies and bold distorted guitar riffs, all while Qazi describes the encroachment of one culture upon another by singing of "spirit warriors" surrounding a sleeping camp. "Walkin' With a Woman" conjures the old blues tale of encountering the devil at the crossroads while culling motifs from classic psych and prog records. Songs like "Heavenly Days" and "Season of Serpents" offer a counterpoint to the foreboding moments on The Sun Dogs, with folk-steeped guitars, gentle pedal steel, and graceful choruses painting a picture of those moments of joy and grace in the midst of the world's evil. These moments of respite make the foreign melodies, menacing mysticism, and blown-out riffs on songs like "This Shroud" all the more disquieting. But ultimately "The Sun Dogs II: Coda" ends the album with a ray of light, with the alternating major and minor chords on acoustic guitar, lilting piano lines, "Kashmir"-esque strings, and full-band vocal harmonies burning off the gloom.

Rose Windows have already toured the West Coast several times, and with the release of The Sun Dogs, the band plans much more. In the meantime, they continue their search—delving into archives of long-lost albums, learning more about their craft from renowned local musicians, and charting their own path in an ancient art.

Jeffertitti's Nile

During a stormy week of February, 2010, a Hypnotic River of Sound was birthed in a flooding home studio, deep within Topanga Canyon, California. Sparks & black water were spewing out of the electric sockets as members of J E F F E R T I T T I 's N I L E rushed to save their tape reels and instruments from washing away in a cosmic soup. The universe has spoken and these recordings were mixed, mastered and cut to vinyl, in a strictly analog process, catching the attention of bands like the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (who invited them on tour) & publications like L.A. Record, O.C. Weekly, Foam, Tom Tom, L'Officiel (France), & Doingbird (Australia), who have all been swept by the currents of J E F F E R T I T T I 's N I L E.

Wild Pack of Canaries

Wild Pack of Canaries is from Long Beach, CA. They formed in 2009, playing with a variety of different members until forming the current lineup (which still changes from time to time.) The band that draws influences from psych, prog, punk, experimental rock and hints of tropicalia.

2010 saw the release of the Canaries' first full length, 'The Coroner Can Wait'. They've toured the west coast in support of this album followed by tours in 2011 supporting Free Moral Agents and Avi Buffalo. In 2012 they released the 7" single 'Rain Brain/In Case of Hornets' which was followed by a trip to SXSW with more trips supporting the record throughout the year. Their sophomore full length, 'In The Parian Flesh', was self-released in February 2013. Followed by a run of small trips the band went right back into the studio to record their 3rd full length 'Agua Amarga' which is due out in August 2013 on Lolipop Records.

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Rose Windows, Jeffertitti's Nile with Wild Pack of Canaries, DJ Scott Seltzer (Strangers Family Band)

Wednesday, September 18 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Bootleg Bar

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