Adventure Galley: Originally formed by childhood friends, David Mills and Aaron Johnson, Portland-based Adventure Galley has been on the rise since 2009, playing to crowds of dancing people of all ages across the West Coast. Utilizing an arsenal
of synthesizers and drum samples, a love of interesting guitar tones, and the high energy of its live performance, Adventure Galley creates highly original music with unique, powerful vocals and unforgettable melodies. On January 1st 2012, Adventure Galley premiered the first three tracks from its upcoming full-length debut album exclusively available for online streaming on the high-traffic music blog, EARMILK. The album, a follow-up to 2010’s The Right Place To Be EP, was produced and mixed by acclaimed producer Dave Trumfio whose previous work has included albums by Built to Spill, Ok Go, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and Wilco & Billy Brag. A new recording of the song "Addict," which was originally featured on the band's 2010 EP and the winner out of 17,000 entrants in a music competition hosted by
myspace.com is included among the newly released tracks.
Primarily recorded last spring in Los Angeles, at Kingsize Soundlabs (used by artists such as Islands, Passion Pit, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs), the album features a combination of heavy electronic production and traditional rock recording techniques, which results in a sound that is equal parts dance club beat-centric and punk show energetic. Through the process if carefully crafting a debut album, Adventure Galley has created a set of recordings that are sonically dynamic and unique in soundscape, yet remain vocally driven and pop-sensible.
Within three days of their New Years Day release, the tracks Addict and Weekend Lovers held the 6th and 9th spots on The Hype Machine’s (www.hypem.com) most popular songs on blogs list, and the word is spreading. With the EARMILK write up, a stark rise in blog attention, and a number of shows in the works around the North West and beyond in 2012, Adventure Galley continues to gain hype in their home state and around the web.
Gangi : Matt Gangi’s electro-psych evolution has been years in the making. In 2008, when SPIN saw the now L.A.-based artist at CMJ, expectations of strummy freak-folk gave way to dance beats and confident stagecraft, sparking comparisons to artists as disparate as Brian Jonestown Massacre and the Books. Now a duo with drummer and multi-instrumentalist Eric Chramosta, Gangi is set to release his second album as GANGI, gesture is, on October 2 via his own Office of Analogue and Digital label. Following a spooky black-and-white video for multi-layered advance track “Outside Ones,” the second preview of the new album comes in the form of “Railways no. 1-27.” With crunching guitar, looping vocals, live drums, found-sound samples, and even a smattering of honking saxophone, it’s an intricate, everything-and-the-kitchen-sink bit of atmospheric pop that amply displays the pair’s addiction to tweaking old analogue gear. “You’ve got to pay attention,” Gangi sings, and that’s always good advice.
Sassi Lassi: Growing up in the bass-conscious Pacific Northwest, Ryan “Sassi” Lassi confronted jaded beats and reused breaks all throughout his youth. Yet while others hung up glow sticks and retired lasers, he saw opportunity in generation gaps. Drawing influence from the likes of American Nightmare, Modern Life is War, and the Suicide File: his only option was to bring his past into the present. Today, his Rythyms-per-gig have no guarantee. The crowd mixes genres, ages, and styles. Eclectic is the ethos, freedom is the culture, and unparalleled possibility is the style. While others take refuge in automation, Lassi continues to push his limits. Connecting vintage analog, thrash progression, and future house-potential was once thought an inhuman feat- but “Sassi” Lassi is leaving crowds inspired.
June Humor: June Humor was originally formed in eastern Europe as a reactionary musical response to the Communist sentiments that pervaded the Slavic culture. The music spread quickly throughout the European continent and as a by product of this, June Humor enjoyed a lengthy yet tumultuous several years as a touring band spreading the word of democracy and capitalism across the continent. Certainly this led to sweet and resounding victories for their cause, but was also met with frequent hostility. The big geographic move was decided upon just under a year ago when the four members, Artur Pachekovich, Ivan Malonsky, Dmitri Alexandrovich, and Andrei Dreherov decided to abandon their stardom in the greater European locales and move to the United States in a new and daring attempt to do away with their political ties and see how their music was received for exactly what it was without ulterior motive from their audiences. It is here that they toil long hours in fierce efforts to stay their course true and to become western artists and craftsmen of music that will be remembered through the ages