Power pop legends performing "Frosting On the Beater" - Early Show
Derby, Curtains For You
830 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR, 97214
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
This is a milestone year for the Posies, fronted by Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer. The band began its career exactly 30 years prior by releasing a home-recorded cassette called "Failure", which to their complete surprise became an instant favorite around the Northwest, earning them critical accolades, radio airplay, and major label interest all in a very short time.
The band went on to sign with Geffen records where they were labelmates with Nirvana and Sonic Youth, and steadily built a following around the world via their infectious hooks and furious live shows.
To take this anniversary celebration around the globe, the Posies, who have had a few lineup changes over the years (always based around the founding duo of Auer and Stringfellow) will be on tour as the 1992-1994 lineup that made "Frosting on the Beater", their breakthrough album — Jon and Ken will be complemented by drummer Mike Musburger and bassist Dave Fox. It’s been almost a quarter century since this quartet has been on the road, and recent warm-up shows have been as explosive as those played by the twentysomethings of yore. Catch the band on tour this spring in North America, this summer at festivals, and this fall in Europe — their time is now, again.
Curtains For You
Like a well-fitted suit or a little black dress (and, some might argue, argyle socks), classic harmony-laden pop never goes out of style.
If you needed a document of that, look no further than the latest offering from Seattle band Curtains For You. Power pop has a cult following for a reason – there’s usually a genuine darkness lurking underneath those deceptively sunny melodies, and “After Nights Without Sleep” is exceptional in its exploration of both ends of the spectrum.
Harmonies and heartbreak, the twisted euphoria that comes on after tormented nights with nary a wink of rest – it’s all there, waiting to charm those argyle socks right off you. Consider it the latest piece of evidence that our hearts and minds have a more complicated relationship than most people care to admit. Consider it an honest documentation of hoping for the best when you know the worst; of having the courage to look uncomfortable truth right in the eye and hug the living daylights right out of it.
Of embracing life in all its glorious messiness and creating something beautiful.
And make no mistake, “After Nights Without Sleep” is beautiful. Melodies and harmonies abound in undeniably infectious combinations, buoyed by the talents of multiple songwriters who are each others’ biggest fans. The camaraderie and charisma are palpable. The songwriting is impeccable. Their socks are pretty good, too. Sartorial status aside, the band’s been making some impressive headway in the year and a half since they released their last record, including handpicked slots on sold-out shows with The Posies and The Head And The Heart, as well as making the list of Seattle’s Top 10 new artists in City Arts magazine.
So go on – give it a listen. From the opening notes of the impossible-to-remove-from-your-head “Daisy” through the bouncy “What Good Am I Now?,” all the way to the sweeping “Wasteland”, the jaunty “Bronx Zoo Hobo” and the swooning closer “Photographic Memory,” these are songs that are as fun as they are emotional, as dark as they are light. Like argyle socks, it’s the contrast that makes them pop – and stand out as genuine classics.