Indie Rock

Emotional Prepares to Release New Album AHH...THE NAME IS EMOTIONAL, BABY!

Editor's Note: "AHH...THE NAME IS EMOTIONAL, BABY!" is a play on the Bootsy Collins and Bootsy's Rubber Band album and album cover...just in case you didn't catch it! -je

Emotional is the lovechild of Death Records founder and long-time Bay Area music community leader, Brian Wakefield. Brian has been a part of the Bay Area music scene since early ‘00s, and has worked with numerous bands in the SF music scene.

Emotional’s LP "Ahh…The Name Is Emotional, Baby!” floats us away into a hazy, yellow daydream of synthy, easy-going guitar chords and genuine vocals that narrate your most treasured nostalgic days. The heavy layering of slow, synth sounds beats upon aching melodies and raw lyricism and are the pieces of this album that make it one beautiful, progressive oxymoron. Heartbreaking sentiments with carefree beats, songs like “Hand 4 Hire” will make you want to press repeat and lay in a perpetual state of stoney thoughtfulness.

In support of their upcoming LP release of "Ahh...The Name Is Emotional, Baby!", in perfect timely fashion, Emotional will be playing a live set in San Francisco at Amnesia on February 14th alongside The Memories and Idiot Glee. Whether it’s a time of celebration for your and your lover, or a single night out with your beloved friends, Emotional is there to hold our hand this Valentine’s day, share their new sounds, and remind us that it’s ok to get emotional sometimes. -Lindsay Stickney

TOUR DATES
02.14 - Amnesia - San Francisco, CA w/ The Memories,Idiot Glee
02.21 - Amnesia - San Francisco, CA w/ Magic Trick, Grace Sings Sludge, The She's
02.26 - The New Parish - Oakland, CA w/ Parquet Courts, Chris Cohen, The World
02.28 - Amnesia - San Francisco, CA w/ Sam Flax, Friendless Summer, Cole Lodge

   

Asher Horton cleans out the skeletons in his closet on "Mystery Bones"

With a guy like Asher Horton, you get the sense that creating music is a compulsion and much as a choice. If you feel like you've heard that name recently, maybe it's because you followed our strong recommendation to check out Sun Seeker, Horton's newest project and Third Man's most recent gem. Otherwise, you may be familiar with his longtime sunshine pop outfit with Ben Parks, Fox Fun. The two haven't gotten around to putting together a full-length release and only play sporadically, but Mystery Bones gives us some indication what Horton has been doing in the meantime and—surprise, surprise—what he's been doing is writing one catchy, beach-friendly pop number after another.

This collection of solo recordings has been available on CD and Bandcamp for a little while, but it's just now getting a proper tape release courtesy of OSR Tapes. Check it out below and get your copy of some sweet analog media on its way to your analog house and your tender little analog ears. -Austin Phy.

   

PREMIERE: Force Publique - "Bind (Live)"

Let's say you dig hip-hop and shoegaze, and really wish there was something out there that seamlessly blended them both? Well, if you haven't dabbled in Force Publique yet, you probably should start now. The duo, consisting of Cassie Graves on guitar and vocals, and James Wayne on synths and MPC, produce such a full sound using only a few tools, eventualizing a sound alike if Beach House were to be a trap band.

The video we're premiering for Force Publique today is a live performance of their song "Bind," off their latest self-released tape, Bloom. "Bind (Live)" is a colorfully artistic interpretation, with its filming taking place at the Museum of Modern Life in Southeast Portland. The video casts you into an almost psychedelic trance aesthetically, so sit back and trip out with "Bind (Live)" below.

-Cervante Pope

   

Battleme to play first of three album release shows at Bunk Bar

Battleme is one of Portland’s best-kept secrets and it’s honestly a shame. Matt Drenik writes insanely catchy garage rock pulled straight from the 1970’s in a way that is fresh and unique in a city inundated with garage groups. This weekend, Battleme is playing three release shows across the Northwest for their new album, Habitual Love Songs. Habitual Love Songs is an album that immediately calls attention to itself: it’s both fuzzy and refined, heavy and danceable. You could stream Habitual Love Songs online, but what you should do is watch them play live tomorrow, the 11th, at Bunk Bar, in what will likely be your favorite garage-rock show of 2016. 

-Sarah Eaton

   

Alright Panther @ Mutiny

Alright Panther released their latest EP, OOZE, last month digitally and on green cassette.

You can catch Alright Panther at The Mutiny ( 2428 N Western Ave) on Feb 19th with Mystery Crash, Dimwaves, and Johnny Snotlocker Wilson for just $5 donation. Photo by: Dan Javis of Midwest Action