The Mondegreens, The Pleasure Routine (closing set), Gringo

The Mondegreens

The Pleasure Routine (closing set)

Gringo

Thu, July 20, 2017

8:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

The Mondegreens
The Mondegreens
The Mondegreens is a group of five Seattle-based musicians, carving out a niche in the city’s prolific indie rock scene, one that centers on wide dynamic swings and ever present three-part harmonies. The group’s two frontmen, David Friedlander and Russell Rabut, draw on over a decade of singing together, spinning harmonic webs across the peaks and valleys of the group’s vibrant sound, their voices as likely to combine over a selection from Neil Young’s back catalog, as a slacker rock anthem from their youth.

Raised in the small college town of Chico, CA, original members, Friedlander (bass) and Rabut (guitar), founded the band amidst the throes of a wild 2013 Christmas party. Along with drummer, Scotty Jenkins, the group toured the western U.S. for three years, before leaving their hometown, in favor of Seattle’s fertile ground. Since the relocation, the lineup has expanded to include accompanists, Joe Davis (guitar), and Noah Kapioski (keyboard), both of whom draw on classical backgrounds.

In late 2016, the band released their second studio album, “A Passing Phrase,” a diverse collection of original songs that culminates in their guitar-driven take on the haunting Elliott Smith classic, ‘Twilight,’ recorded at Phil Elverum’s (The Microphones, Mount Eerie) beautiful Anacortes, WA studio, The Unknown. 2016 also saw the Mondegreens sharing the stage with Avi Buffalo, Brothers Comatose, Jelly Bread, Rainbow Girls, and Marty O’Reilly. As the new year warms up, you will find them howling and stomping their feet across stages from festivals to living rooms, and everything in between.
The Pleasure Routine (closing set)
The Pleasure Routine (closing set)
Oakland sextet The Pleasure Routine is a throwback to decades past, when bands meticulously crafted vintage tones and timbres, capturing their moody and dreamy sonic landscapes on analog tape.

Creating a musical language that is both contemporary and timeless, The Pleasure Routine transports its listeners to an alternate realm, where jangly guitars and atmospheric rhythms support the raw and emotional vocals of Kevin Sofsrud and Lauren Kopp, who share their intimate tales of awkward youth, coming of age, and disaffection.
Gringo
Gringo
In case anyone still needs reminding that California is a sun-drenched paradise with a laid back mentality and great surf, one listen to Gringo’s upcoming album The Shores should be enough to sufficiently drive the point home.

The Northern Californian garage rock outfit is the brainchild of San Diego native Ryan Gillespie, who has spent his time to date between Redding and his birthplace embracing those ideals. Before he could even swim, Gillespie was hanging ten from the front of his uncle’s surfboard and has since grown into the embodiment of his easy going, fun loving home state. Gringo’s ten-track debut is a collection of stories from the last year and a half of his life on the west coast.

First single, Down South, features a reverb so wet you practically feel like you’re out in the waves with Gillespie. Overtop a sun-stricken, lazy groove, the singer/guitarist tells the story of his most recent move from Redding back ‘down south’: a trip that lasted just long enough for him to pen this album in its entirety. The “she” in question is Gillespie’s now-fiancée, whom he had met in Redding before making the trip, and who offered a little more substance to the singer’s short-sighted plans for a south coast life of surfing and music.

The band will be celebrating the single's release on January 27th at Alberta Street Pub in Portland.
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://www.hotelutah.com/