836 N. Russell St. / Portland, OR, 97227
Thursday, February 9, 2017
8 p.m.free21 and over
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Transplants from Boston, singer-guitarist Matt K. and singer-bassist Matt D., joined by singer-drummer Mitch Gonzales (Jackson Boone, Snowblind Traveler) quickly established themselves as a band addicted to live shows, with over 70 performances in Portland within their two years as a band, plus a full length album, a three song EP, and three music videos showcasing their campy, antic comic style. This frenetic activity, along with their humor, chops, and rapid-fire live sets, have helped the Toads gain ever more visibility in the city's all ages garage rock underground. 2016 was a busy year for the Toads. They released their first full-length album and companion EP, plus two music videos. Their music has been featured on Tender Loving Empire's 9th annual "Friends and Friends of Friends" compilation, played at a recent Blazers game and on X-Ray FM, and written up on Next Northwest, The Deli Portland, Like You Said and other blogs. The Toads also performed a full live set for KPSU's Live Fridays in January.Mitch Gonzales left the band for good in November 2016, after a final recording session, and the Matts brought Kings & Vagabonds drummer Dylan Valentine onto the throne. The Toads thus begin a new year with a new lineup and a few new recordings in their arsenal, to be released as singles in 2017 like magical breadcrumbs leading to the Church of Rock N Roll, where they will preside for eternity over the altar. Praise be the Toads, Matt, Matt and Dylan, amen.
Having met in the melting pot of Western Washington University; Michael, Matias and Alex coalesced from collisions of musical dust in an attempt to appease the inner forces that drove them to perform with instruments that produce music. Michael and Alex each played their first times while in their first band The Sunshine Bumpers. After the flame of the Bumpers went out the three of them met up and with two more friends formed Feather & Bone. After a supernova of Feather & Bone and with the end of school for all of the members; Alex, Michael and Matias then pondered with themselves to see if something could be done out of the ashes of college and the evaporations of past bands. Then came what is now Motorcoat.
Motorcoat is the realization of what the three members want in life: a blank canvas simply to express what's inside. For them the music is the combination of every air movement of merit that has bombarded their eardrums since birth. And they feel that music not only helps them through each revolution around the sun, but also helps anyone else willing to open up and listen. With this motivation the three of them made the move to Portland to help bring a light and a lift, if only for half an hour, to all who wish to let go.
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