Wavesauce, a Portland Surf Band playing instrumental surf, spyfi, pulp music with the unique sounds of the Theremin, vintage 60s feel, and garage band tone, and The Quags, a classic rock-infused power pop trio, reminiscent of bands like The Kinks, The Replacements, and Big Star.
Sat, January 21 2012, 09:00 p.m. THE QUAGS & SCHILLS RECORD RELEASE SHOW! Celebrating the release of their CD, "Priceless Grains of Sand", THE QUAGS kick out terrific guitar pop nuggets that mine influences such as Big Star, the Jam, and the Small Faces. The Quags turn out the type of smart, joyful, raucous, yet refined tunes that make the moniker “power pop” more powerful. THE SCHILLS, Portland punk mainstays with strong roots in the Northwest Garage Rock tradition of early 60s bands such as the Sonics and The Kingsmen fused with the 80s post-punk sound of bands such as the Pixies and female fronted bands such as Concrete Blonde and Romeo Void. Celebrating the release of their debut EP, "Wrapped Up In Stars," their sound is made up of roaring guitars, throbbing bass, pounding drums, and a wailiing baritone sax that back up the salty and sultry vocals of frontwoman Erica Johnson. With special guests, THE HONUS HUFFHINES!
starts at 9pm. Carnabetian Army to perform 1 set starting at about 10-ish pm.
Sounds Like: The Jam, the Creation, Small Faces
Label: remote listening/paisley pop
Bio: Priceless Grains of Sand is the third release by one of Portland, Oregon’s most lovable power pop bands - The Quags. This much-anticipated follow-up to 2005’s Devil’s Music (produced by local legend Brian Berg of 44 Long), was recorded throughout 2010 in a DIY studio set up in drummer Jon Beyer’s...See Full Bio
“The Quags PRICELESS GRAINS OF SAND- (PAISLEY POP)- 'I’m not sure how I lost track of them, mind you, I mean, we’re in the same town and all, but it’s ok you know why? Because they’ve still got it…and in spades! PRICELESS GRAINS OF SAND is only the third record by this bunch in their decade-long existence and their first since 2005’s DEVILS MUSIC but they have lost nothing on their game and I’d say they’ve even improved. The band is led by underrated pop tunesmith Dennis Mitchell, and he and they kick out 11 terrific guitar pop nuggets that would make Ray Davies proud. Cuts like classic opener “Human Thing”, the punchy “Favorite Parasite”, the jangly “Dear Memory” and plenty of others will tickle that pop funnybone. And if you wait until after the final song, “Later Than You Think”, ends you’ll be treated to a gem of a hidden track, a cover of Steven Schayer’s (formerly of The Chills and now currently in The Black Watch) “Do Yourself a Mischief.””