A double bill of the bands Ages and Ages and The Cave Singers appears on Saturday, March 18 at Liberty Theatre, 1203 Commercial Street in Astoria.
Brought to you by the Liberty Theater’s popular Sunset Series, a special co-headliner show of two of the Pacific Northwest’s brightest: Ages & Ages from Portland and The Cave Singers from Seattle.
AGES & AGES
If Ages and Ages’ debut album Alright You Restless declared independence from the cynicism and selfconsciousness plaguing a generation; and the follow-up Divisionary was an exercise in confronting change, conflict, and loss; Something to Ruin addresses the debris of our collective failures and asks whether we might be better off letting go and starting over. Recorded at Isaac Brock’s studio (Ice Cream Party), the band’s fourth album is still full of their infectious and joyful melodies while also reflecting on several serious existential themes.
Early on in the writing process of this record, band leaders Tim Perry and Rob Oberdorfer traveled to Central America and visited indigenous ruins partly engulfed by surrounding forests – a tangible reminder of the impermanence of human civilization and the resilience of nature. Back at home in Portland, Oregon, their community was being engulfed by something entirely different. Like so many other cities around the country, rapid growth and development were changing both its landscape and culture.
THE CAVE SINGERS
Banshee, the fifth album from Seattle’s Cave Singers might wrap you in with its rhythmic folk quite submissively. Front-man Peter Quirk rambles off rhythmic vocals that sound like a free-styling troubadour, atop lo-fi instruments that keep things natural and earthy in the most foreboding ways possible. Featuring former members of Murder City Devils and Pretty Girls Make Graves, Cave Singers released their first two records on Matador, then jumped over to Jagjaguwar for their next two LPs , including 2013’s Naomi. On Banshee, the band decided to self release their newest work and the result is its most cohesive statement to date.
Banshee brings The Cave Singers back to their original three piece of vocalist / songwriter Peter Quirk, guitarist Derek Fudesco and drummer Marty Lunda. The album was recorded live in July of 2015 over 6 days with producer Randall Dunn.