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Photo of Waterfronts by Aaron Ziesemer
Waterfronts, a Portland local rock band, have been hard at work making their name known in the local alternative scene, and today we are premiering “Headaches,” their brand new single which you can stream below, ahead of its official release date, February 14.
Photo of Jessica Lea Mayfield by Brian Benavente
Jessica Lea Mayfield released one of my top three favorite records last year. The album, Sorry Is Gone, was a very personable release from Mayfield as it revolved around her messy and toxic marriage/divorce and coming out of it a stronger and more confident person. It was one of my favorites because the mood the album set, while depressing, was so honest along with the music being a mix of alternative country and grunge influences. On February 1st, she played along with half of the opening band Sun Seeker from Nashville as her backing band. Never having heard of Sun Seeker before the night, I was quickly excited on how much they reminded me of early Surfer Blood. They provided a nice groove before Mayfield. It was a beautiful, honest, and intimate night at the Doug Fir.
After having a week to digest the sophomore release of Houston rock band, Waterparks, it’s more apparent than ever that Entertainment is a cutting edge triumph that you should be paying your undivided attention. The articulately modulated confines of resilient petulance in a realm of expository narratives provides a breath of fresh-air in an otherwise stagnant trend-lead era. Vocalist and songwriter Awsten Knight persistently defies stale genre margins by seamlessly mastering every aspect of creative control he can get his hands on. From pitch-shifting vocals and sending them through guitar pedals for additional harmonies in “Peach (Lobotomy)” that echo his own voice as he conveys each part of the story to layering snippets of prismatic synth segments that line the framework with the unique sounds we’ve come to love and expect from a Waterparks release. The live shows to come with this album cycle will be excitedly dynamic displays of much larger guitar compositions and quick-tempered drum accompaniments.
Photo of August Burns Red by Andrew Le
I’ve grown accustomed to packed audiences at the Roseland, as most shows are, but the August Burns Red show was buzzing louder than usual, it seemed. Even before the band when on stage, during the changeover, System of a Down’s “Chop Suey” played and had the entire crowd singing along. The energy was strong. Soon, the lights went down—the room roared and didn’t stop until every member was onstage ready to go. ABR kicked things off with “King of Sorrow,” the opening track off their latest release, Phantom Anthem (2017). Even with a newer song, the crowd was electric. The band effortlessly continued to work the crowd with an array of songs from their vast discography. To say the least, it was a solid night for Portland metalcore fans.