Deepest Darkest, Camp Crush, Subways On The Sun
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212
Doors 8:45 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 12:00 AM)
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
"A rock group with roots in classic and indie sounds, Portland’s Deepest Darkest spans decades and genres with influences from Led Zeppelin, Paul Simon, The Shins and Jellyfish. Formerly of The Carolines, songwriter and lead singer Nate Purscelley brings his melodic brand of pop guitar rock to the project with Derby front man and guitarist, Nat Johnson. Beautiful vocal harmonies, growling guitar riffs, and even some brassy trumpet parts can be heard during their energetic sets. A must see act."
-Francis Buford, The Spins
When the synths start to swell and vocals begin to soar on Run, the new EP by Portland’s synth-pop duo, Camp Crush, listeners will feel the goose bumps rise and their hearts start to beat. This is the second EP in 8 months for the duo - Jen Deale on synth and lead duties, Chris Spicer on drums - and another collection of powerful pop songs, harkening back to their new wave inspirations.
Deale says, “As the youngest of 5 kids (all brothers), I spent a lot of time riding in cars with my older brothers. They’d be playing the Cure, Depeche Mode, with a sprinkling of hair metal here and there. This era of songwriting and production seeped in my early subconscious. It’s humbling when people listen to our music and tell me it reminds them of some of those early influences because it’s such a huge compliment to me.”
Seeing Camp Crush live is like watching two people fall in love in front of you. Sparks fly as the duo give everything to the performance. Spicer says, “With this music we’re writing, we can be ourselves, and that is the most satisfying thing in the world - to be ourselves on stage. It helps that we’re in love, of course. There’s a deeper connection that comes through in our live show. I think our connection on stage gives people permission to hope for themselves, and to engage and experience something real.”
The vinyl is barely dry on their 2017 debut EP, She’s Got It, but the duo is excited to release a follow up so soon. “We’re living in a political and social climate that’s uncertain; it’s polarizing and volatile. We believe in peace, we believe in equality, we believe in love. And our music is the voice we have to bring that message to a broader audience. Making music and art is the most important thing creators can do right now. The volatility of the world shouldn’t scare us from creating, it should be a call to action for us. So, we’ll keep writing, creating, and performing with the intent of spreading light and bringing goodness into the world,” Deale says.
Run is a commentary on human connection, which has been heavy on Deale’s mind since the election. “After the election, our relationships changed. We lost friends; best friends, even. Relationships within our family were strained,” says Deale. “Everywhere you looked, people were running from each other because connection wasn’t safe anymore. These songs are a reflection of my desire to still connect despite differences, to bring love into the most difficult of conversations.”
Jen Deale // Synth, Keys, Vocals
Chris Spicer // Drums, Vocals
Subways On The Sun
What do you do when the sun goes down? Stay awake. Make a record. When everyone in your band has a kid between your first and second album, you hope that being inspired and being available will somehow magically collide. It was in the middle of that intersection where Subways on the Sun created Capsize, a collection of songs which showcases a fresh artistic trajectory, and follows our collective struggle to accept the passage of time and identify the voices in our lives that are worth listening to.
While the band set sail with its shimmering guitar-pop debut The Honeymoon Stagecoach, their sophomore album, Capsize, steers a course into grittier territory. And it’s immediately evident as anthemic opener "Just To Be With You" channels the heart racing spirit of Muse, with a riff-heavy synth-forward energy that rips through the whole record. "Our initial goal was simply to do something different than our first album. Try out some new tones, loops, vinyl samples, mix ideas," says frontman Erick Newbill. "Early writing sessions took a sharper turn, though, when we lost our drummer right as we started to demo new material."
Not content to let the band itself sink, the trio of Newbill, Nick Barber (bass), and Lars Katz (guitar/programming) switched gears in their approach. They enlisted longtime friend Jesse Sprinkle to record drums remotely in upstate NY, and embraced a creative approach where nothing was off the table. Katz adds, "We made a rule to let each other write parts without judgement or over-analysis. The rule for a while was, 'nobody gets to veto an idea unless it’s their own.' We set our scrutiny aside, and said 'ok, this is what’s happening, let’s see what comes next' and those ended up being our favorite moments on the record."
This approach allowed each song to be a unique statement, drawing fluidly from each member's influences. This comes across clearly in the Mew-inspired "Tongues," combining jangly telecaster riffs and dirty-as-hell basslines, offset with a single mangled lyric – "tonight, our tongues are tied." Remnants of early Jimmy Eat World shine through both on the album's title track, "Capsize," and "Time's Not Long," while "I’m an Island" features lush textures and ethereal vocals akin to The Cure or Death Cab for Cutie.
The band packed up their gear, and finished much of the album over long weekends at various houses and cabins - always near bodies of water. Maybe the album's title came subconsciously from that environment. It undoubtedly affected its themes. "Recording on a lake, or even late at night in our home studios provided an environment to reflect on how we are all guilty of doing too much talking, not enough listening, and feeling like what we believe is the only acceptable perspective," says Newbill. "Know it All" and "Side You Play" address this theme with blistering honesty, with Newbill's tenor soaring in the vein of Built to Spill.
The longing for time to connect and create before our story is over flows through us all. Capsize invites us to embrace that reality, and discover our own ways to stay afloat.
Erick Newbill - vocals / guitar
Nick Barber - bass / vocals
Lars Katz - guitar / vocals
Greg Swinehart / drums
Jimmy Nichols / keys
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Tickets will be sold online until 1pm on the day of the show. Any remaining tickets will be sold for cash at the door beginning at 7pm.
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