$5 Bill the PDX-via-Minneapolis psych trio's release show for epic LP, 'New Ruins'
The Ghost Ease, The Lavender Flu
3939 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR, 97227
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Candace (formerly Is/Is) infuses their music with a sense of mystery and brooding atmosphere. Psychedelic and shoegaze influences emerge throughout the catalogue: the atmospheric tones of early Verve, a droning pulse reminiscent of Loop. Some songs bounce gleefully forward with a pop sensibility, while some keep a cool distance and move with a language distinctly their own.
Candace began as Is/Is in late summer of 2009 with Sarah Rose, Sarah Nienaber, and Mara Appel DesLauriers. The early days brought about "This Happening" EP (2010) and the "Vowel Movements/Blackest Beat" 7" (2011). Mara moved cross-country to Portland, OR, and in 2012 the band released their debut full-length LP "III," so named for the three drummers who played on the album. The two years following found the band cycling through drummers, with every lineup feeling more like an approximation of what the band was supposed to be, and never what it was. "Is/Is (Manimal Vinyl, 2014) would be the last to feature any drummer but Mara. During the coldest and darkest Minnesota winter that nobody wants to remember, Sarah and Sarah recorded the wistful, ethereal bedroom-pop tape "Shadow Days" (Moon Glyph, 2015). The following spring, they also moved to Portland OR.
The reunion was nothing short of propulsive. Writing and demoing became life. In the spring of 2015 the band spent a week at Jackpot! Recording Studio with longtime friend and co-producer, Neil Weir of The Old Blackberry Way. The following fall, three of those songs were self-released on a limited-edition cassette, "Return to Zero," coinciding with a West Coast tour and brief stint opening up for King Khan & The BBQ Show.
2016 brought about another transition, as necessary as any. On the surface, it's an update of a moniker. But beneath the surface, the band's maturation has been constant. Sarah, Sarah, and Mara are ready to debut Candace. "New Ruins" is due March '16 on Found Object Records.
The Ghost Ease
The Ghost Ease is a Portland rock band that revels within the warm folds of a sort of soft savagery, pin-pricking holes into the fabric of the astral veil.
Created and directed by Jem Murciano, the band is known and loved for producing raw, hypnotic opuses by way of heavy guitars, frenzied drums and lilting vocal timbres.
The Lavender Flu
The Lavender Flu is Chris Gunn (Hunches/Hospitals), Scott Simmons (Helen/Eat Skull), Lucas Gunn (the Blimp), and Ben Spencer (Hunches). They have just released a debut double lp on the MEDS record label. The album is a 30 song maze / map with no exits. Like Big Star reimagined by Royal Trux or Meat Puppets repurposed by Brian Eno. The band sounds familiar yet unique. Inside and outside. Comfortably homeless.
A group that dared to confront the dilated pupils of the Bobby Problem in search of that elusive "Heavy Air" sound; the Lavender Flu looks forwards, backwards, and sideways. They rule the adult rock circuit with an overdose of chamomile and a touch of grey. Fuck the purists, the nostalgists, and the genre concentration camps. You know you have to take off your heavy metal jacket, your bullet belt, or your techno shades sometimes. Your uniform means nothing here. Adult rock has no limits. The Lavender Flu has no scene. Put on your socks AND Tevas. No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.
Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats