Cover Your Hearts

Cover Your Hearts: A Night of Guilty Pleasure Love Songs

Cover Your Hearts was launched in 2008 by local shoegazers Charmparticles as a way for local musicians to give back to their community. This year marks the eleventh anniversary of the first show & features CYH vets Lael Alderman, RISLEY, & The Frequence, as well as founding participants UHF, making their first appearance in a couple years. Recent stalwarts Camp Crush & newcomers Billie Gale, making the trip up from San Francisco, round out the evening.

Occurring near Valentines Day, the benefit pairs local musicians with 80s (& the occasional 90s) songs about love, breaking up, & …getting intimate. Proceeds from this year’s show benefit the Jeremy Wilson Foundation, a local charity dedicated to providing emergency financial assistance to & improving the overall well-being of individual musicians & their families during times of medical crisis.

Past performances like Bryan Free’s now legendary Pat Benatar/Linda Ronstadt/Yes set from 2010, Dr. Theopolis’ touching rendition of “More Than Words”, Jaycob Van Aiken’s shirt-ripping cover of Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded”, Derby’s sultry “I Wanna Sex You Up” & Metal Bear’s raucous version of “Girls, Girls, Girls” keep us coming back for more year after year.

Lael Alderman

Lael Alderman has been a fixture on the Portland music scene for nearly 15 years, touring the west coast while fronting and handling songwriting duties under his own name and with such bands as the Bella Fayes and, more recently, Young Vienna. During that time, Lael has also steadily been adding to his catalog of solo material, songs spanning a number of genres (New Wave, indie-pop, British Invasion balladry), all of which are led by Alderman's confident, malleable vocals. Lael has assembled a new band to bring these songs to life, a trio committed to delivering the songs in a powerful yet stripped down fashion.

It’s been four years since Portland, Oregon’s psychpop quartet UHF has released an album, but they’ve more than made up for it with HERE COME THE GHOSTS, a genre-bending journey of 21 tracks on both double vinyl and double CD. From driving psychpop mood pieces to intimate and melancholy character sketches, it’s an album full of devious lyrical turns, subtle sonic shifts, and solid psychpop songcraft. GHOSTS has UHF stretching themselves like never before.

Straying from the psychedelic soundscapes of their previous (and critically acclaimed) releases, GHOSTS is more stark, more relaxed, more live (much of the album was recorded live in the studio) than any of UHF’s previous studio records. Thematically, the album is about relationships: past, present, living, dead... and undead. The journey is at times disturbing, uplifting, humorous, desperate, romantic, angry, confused, and reckless but always infused with an emotional honesty and musicality that evokes bands like Secret Machines, The The and Stone Roses, while venturing side trips into territory reminiscent of early 70’s AM radio.

HERE COME THE GHOSTS is an eclectic and mysterious double LP that doesn’t wear out its welcome, and invites you to delve into the captivating world of its spirits and phantoms... maybe you’ll even meet some of your own there.

Camp Crush is New Wave rock coming out of Portland, OR. With similarities to their musical influences like The Cure, Blondie and Depeche Mode, Camp Crush’s music is a blend of vintage danceable new-wave and modern indie rock with horns, reminiscent of Rubblebucket and Tennis. Camp Crush is releasing their debut LP spring 2018.

Billie Gale

Billie Gale began as the solo, singer-songwriter project of Beth Garber, with a sincere, lyric driven style reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake. Soaked in the rainy-day rock of her native PNW, influences like David Bazan and Ben Gibbard further fueled the songwriter’s introspective, soul-searching sound.
The addition of Adam Wayne (Charmparticles) on guitar brought immersive and ethereal tones similar to those of bands like Slowdive and Low, and a drive that commands and accelerates with careful intention. With Eric Shawn interweaving melodic, Colin Greenwood inspired bass lines, and Justin Wayne on drums, expanding the heights and depths of dynamic limits, Billie Gale finds its home in the interplay between the contemplative and the outcry.
As pretty as it is sad, driving as it is heartfelt; Billie Gale explores the floor and ceiling of what it has to say. At one moment creating deeply melodic layers, then pulling the layers apart to leave a single guitar bare, extending from its songwriter roots, Billie Gale reaches out in all directions, only to point back to its core.

Risley is a band. Risley was a cat. Risley is from Portland, Oregon. Risley released a full-length, self-titled debut album in 2016 featuring the principle songwriting of Michael Deresh (Tea for Julie, The Makeout Scene) and Travis Stanek (Tea for Julie, Green Circles). Additionally, it featured contributions from Matthew Hall (Genders, Paper Brain), Stephen Leisy (Genders, Moonshy), Maggie Morris (Genders, Sunbathe), Alex Fitch (Typhoon), Rian Lewis (Crosstide, Priory), Wylie Foster (Matt Brown Band, Powder), John Dwyer (Tea for Julie, The Noted), Jeremy Allen (Strange to Look at, The Nasty Truth) and was recorded at Lamplight Studios.

The Frequence

Straight-forward American rock with few frills, The Frequence musical influences range from 70's era classic rock, to punk, to the blues. Eric Pastoral (guitar), Todd Murphy (bass) Drew Mork (drums), and Jennifer Nau (vocals) create loud and catchy tunes as well as thoughtful, heartfelt lyrics and melodies.

$20.00 - $25.00


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