836 N. Russell St. / Portland, OR, 97227
Friday, August 10, 2018
White Eagle Saloon & Hotel - White Eagle Saloon
$10 in advance, $10 day of show
21 and over
9 p.m.$10 in advance, $10 day of show21 and over
The Sam Chase has a voice like a Nun on the lam with a mouthful
cigarettes and curse words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a
broken jukebox. His songs are scribbled,
not written, on lipstick and sweat stained motel bedsheets because he
likes the way the ink bleeds. His guitar runs on diesel and leaks like
the morning after too much Whiskey. His is a show you'll probably want
to tattoo on your body so everyone will know that you knew him before he
was cool. His backing band, The Untraditional, are descended
from Norse Warriors known as The Berserkers. Old Norse literature and
historians note that Berserkers fought with an uncontrollable,
trance-like fury. They would work themselves into a rage before battle,
consuming drugged foods, and dressed in nothing but their enemies blood.
The Untraditional follow their ancestors ancient practices before every
show. Little is known about the night he was conceived
because, frankly it is nobodies damn business. However, there are at
least two people who had the foresight to procreate at just the right
moment, when all of those dimly lit specs of light in the sky held a
position just long enough to time stamp a genetic code and shoot it down
from the cold, empty heavens to create another poor soul, destined to
live and die out here on this cold rock, twirling violently in the vast
emptiness of space. Then he was born. He should have been born
at the top of a mountain during a lightning storm. Where he actually was
born was incredibly un-exciting so let's all pretend that he was born
on the top of a mountain during a lightning storm. It is good to start
your life story with an epic moment, even if it is entirely fabricated.
He began to write music at the age of 14. He still has every scrap of
paper he scribbled his terrible lyrics on and on occasion can even
recall the infantile melodies and riffs that accompanied them.
The release of his first album in 2009, HELLA SOLO, was an amalgamation
of many of the songs that he wrote and recorded in his room from the
ages of 19 to 25. Most songs were recorded late in the night. Most times
there was alcohol involved. What came of those 19 lonely, depressing
songs became the jumpstart to THE SAM CHASE and the many live shows that
followed. In 2010, he came out with his second album,
TESTICULAR FORTITUDE, which was more of the same. They were songs that
sat rotting on his hard drive that probably shouldn't have ever seen the
light of day, or the soft underbelly of a burnable compact disc.
In 2012, came the release of his long awaited first studio album, THE
SAM CHASE WILL LEAD US TO VICTORY and needless to say, it totally ruled.
Not more than 1 year later, THE SAM CHASE WILL NEVER DIE was
unleashed on the unsuspecting public and pandemonium broke loose.
Since then the band has played many amazing shows, including a few
tours to far a way places. In their trusty Dodge Van named Big Russ
they conquered SXSW in 2013, the Kate Wolf Festival, High Sierra Music
Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Outside Lands, and so many
others. The band also won some local awards for their music. In may
of 2013 they won "Best Band" in the SF Weekly's Best Of the Bay Readers
Poll and then again in October won Best Singer Songwriter in the San
Francisco Bay Guardians Best Of the Bay issue. 2015 has been
good to this band. A new album is on the way, festivals aplenty, and
some new members to breath new life into a tired old musician. What's next? Stay tuned.
Gritty warbirds and road bred players with numerous critically acclaimed bands under their belts including Radio Silents, Nero's Rome, Ray, Sing Sing Sleepwalker and Big House. Black Sheep Black is Armin Bestel on guitar/vocals, Matt Parkinson on vocals/guitar/keys, Jeff Goocher on bass/vocals and Lance Kreiter on drums/vocals.
Combined, this is a formidable family tree whose branches span from West Coast to Eastern Seaboard, down to Nashville touching Austin, then back to L.A.'s X- fueled punk scene returning up highway 101 to San Francisco with flowers in her hair.
Lava Lamp Americana, these twang gazers toss a healthy dose of Rockabilly, 70's Gold, Power Pop, Spaghetti C&W and Backwoods Psychedelia influences into well-crafted hook laden songs, lyrically smart, delivered with vocal intensity and instrumental prowess.
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