Sat Jun 23 2018
     

Quiet Slang at Bunk Bar

Facebook Popularity:  ( 3+11)

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR, 97214

BUNK BAR: Quiet Slang at Bunk Bar

?Rock and roll is sort of my consolation prize for wanting to have been a writer,? says James Alex. It?s a humble admission from the frontman of Philadelphia?s Beach Slang, a fiery punk quartet whose raucous gigs often find the songwriter?s earnest lyrics bellowed back at him. Still, consider it a feat that fans are even able to hear those words from behind the trembling walls of distortion that serve as Beach Slang?s raison d?etre. Everything about Beach Slang is loud, from the guitars to its attitude to Alex?s weathered rasp.

Considering that, there?s something almost cheeky about the title of his new project: Quiet Slang. As the name implies, Alex is embracing minimalism, smothering the fuzz in favor of a cello, a piano, and his voice. In October, Quiet Slang released We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags, an EP comprised of two Beach Slang songs and two covers from The Replacements and Big Star. Consider it an introduction to what Alex calls ?chamber pop for outsiders,? because it simply serves as prelude to Everything Matters But No One Is Listening, a collection of 10 Beach Slang covers that comprises Quiet Slang?s debut fulllength.

The project?s seeds were planted just six months after Beach Slang?s formation, when Alex was asked to a solo Tiny Desk Concert for NPR. ?That was just me, my guitar and a clumsy excuse for charm. But, yeah, the response was beautifully unexpected and really nudged my thinking,? he says. ?Even now, at almost every show we play somebody?s like, ?I got turned onto your band from that NPR thing. You should make a record like that.?? A successful solo tour last year solidified the idea in Alex?s mind, but he says he wasn?t content to make a ?campfire record,? elaborating that he ?wanted it to have more weight than that.?

That?s when he turned to the project?s key influence: The Magnetic Fields? Stephin Merritt. Merritt?s influence lent itself not only in his heartrending use of cello and piano via his work with the Fields, but also in one of his most famous lyrics. ?Why do we keep shrieking/ When we mean soft things?? goes the final lines of ?100,000 Fireflies.? ?We should be whispering all the time.?

?That just always stuck with me,? Alex says, ?how quiet can sometimes be more powerful.? He continues, ?If Beach Slang is me fawning over The Replacements, Quiet Slang is me head-over-heels for Stephin Merritt.?

Though a new Beach Slang record is next up on Alex?s docket, he?s open to the possibility of more Quiet Slang. The project?s sophomore release, he notes, would contain original songs. ?I guess I wanted to chase reinterpretation first. I dug the challenge of it. But, yeah, Quiet Slang deserves its own voice.?

Regardless of its future, however, he hopes the project can convey one simple thing: ?Tenderness. I suppose that sounds overly simplified. But, still, it makes it no less sincere. Look, I?m trying to soften the world a little bit?there?s worse ways to be remembered.?




Frog Eyes at Bunk Bar

Bunk Bar  ( 5+19)

Sat Jun 30 2018
BUNK BAR: Frog Eyes at Bunk Bar Frog Eyes have made their last album. 17 years after their teetering debut, the Vancouver band unveils Violet Psalms?a giddy lament; a gnashing jubilee; a rain-drenched allocution on hope vs. horror, paradise vs. pride, Marx and Brexit and bad acid trips. It's an ending like a beginning. "We were trying to pretend it was our first record," Carey Mercer says. This... 

Quiet Slang at Bunk Bar

Bunk Bar  ( 3+11)

Sat Jun 23 2018
BUNK BAR: Quiet Slang at Bunk Bar ?Rock and roll is sort of my consolation prize for wanting to have been a writer,? says James Alex. It?s a humble admission from the frontman of Philadelphia?s Beach Slang, a fiery punk quartet whose raucous gigs often find the songwriter?s earnest lyrics bellowed back at him. Still, consider it a feat that fans are even able to hear those words from behind the ... 

The Emilys (Spokane, WA) + Guests

The Analog - Theater & Cafe  ( 4+4)

Tue Jul 10 2018
On Tuesday, July 10th Honey Latte Presents: The Emilys (garage rock) www.soundcloud.com/theemilys + locals TBA 

Camp Cope / Petal at Holocene

Holocene Portland  ( 25+35)

Tue Jul 03 2018
Camp Cope / Petal at Holocene at Holocene Born in a backyard in over home job tattoos, Camp Cope ? Georgia Maq (vocals, guitar), Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich (bass) and Sarah Thompson (drums) ? have become a force in music since forming in Melbourne in June 2015. Their newly released sophomore album How To Socialise & Make Friends anchors on the cycles of life, loss and growth through resilience and t... 

Snail Mail, Bonny Doon at Holocene

Holocene Portland  ( 22+68)

Mon Jun 25 2018
21+ ? 8pm ? $12 advance ? $14 day of show Mississippi Studios Presents: Snail Mail and Bonny Doon at Holocene Lindsey Jordan is on the brink of something huge, and she's only just graduated high school. Her voice rises and falls with electricity throughout Lush, her debut album as Snail Mail, spinning with bold excitement and new beginnings at every turn. "Is there any better feeling than com... 

serpentwithfeet, Katie Gately at Holocene

Holocene Portland  ( 19+104)

Thu Jun 21 2018
serpentwithfeet at Holocene, presented by Mississippi Studios With special guest Katie Gately serpentwithfeet is an avant-garde vocalist and performance artist whose growing body of work is rooted in dueling obsessions with the ephemeral and the everlasting ? key components of his artistic journey from a childhood stint as a choirboy in Baltimore through his time at The University of the Arts i... 

Caveman Dave Summer Tour 2018

Portland Saturday Market  ( 3+10)

Sun Jul 08 2018
Portland "Saturday" Market, Yes, it's called the Saturday market but it's also on Sunday's. I play on a Sunday! http://www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com/ Hailing originally from a cave, near what is now called "The Atlantic Ocean", this troubadour has traveled the country singing songs for 5 years. His family-friendly, "not just for kids" approach to songwriting honored him with spots at some of th... 

Kids' Korner at Portland Saturday Market

Portland Saturday Market  ( 2+106)

Sat Apr 21 2018
The market isn?t just for adults! We have a safe and friendly family atmosphere with many different monthly activities. Sponsored by Portland Old Town Arts & Cultural Foundation these activities are FREE to the public. March 4 Amazama- http://www.amazama.com/ April 21- SCRAP PDX May 13- Portland Art Museum June 10- Art ala Carte Mobile July 1- Tears of Joy Theatre August 5: Creative Roots Sept...