We’ve got a warehouse where we keep our instruments. Inside they connect by cables that create a web. Every idea we have passes through the system, Often sounding the same as it looks.

andy stavas - piano, keyboards, saxophones..
brandon corn - drums, percussion..
derek poulsen - bass, computers..
alex wright - piano, keyboards, guitars ..
robert brinkerhoff - guitars, vocals..

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Psychic Rites

Psychic Rites has gained a secure hold in the Portland, OR music scene since its inception last January. Their blend of electronic music stands out for its clever balance of darkness and light — the themes of anger and being “Christ haunted,” as Mike Siemens calls it, are checked with parallel themes of optimism for the future.

It plays out in an electric orchestra of sound that is engaging, both for body and mind. Because while the element of darkness is present, it doesn’t take away from the other aim of Psychic Rites’ music — getting people to dance.

Rebelling against your parents is as American as apple pie, power-pop and Laurel Canyon – which leaves brothers Dustin and Graham Lovelis three for four in that equation. Rather than rebel against their dad, they followed in his footsteps – going so far as to take on the name of the group he disbanded to raise his family and embracing the melodic pop of Big Star and the laidback, sun-dappled harmonies of The Byrds.

Although Dad hasn’t made an appearance on the The Fling’s recordings (yet), the boys and their fellow bandmates (drummer Justin Ivey, guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Justin Roeland and guitarist/vocalist Joel Bond) have been steadily bringing his musical aspirations to life. A critically lauded self-released album earned them a deal with Dangerbird Records as well as sessions on World Cafe and with KCRW’s Nic Harcourt. Their new EP What I’ve Seen looks to up the ante even further.

What I’ve Seen is the sound of a band truly coming into its own.

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