Fri · July 7, 2017
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
The Root Cellar
This event is all ages
Anticipating full-on festivation next weekend, it's Green River Festival night at The Root Cellar! Two of the fest's rising bands -- genre benders Sun Parade and Twisted Pine -- will get their pre-fest vibe on, and we'll have GRF wristband giveaways and such. Bring your dancing shoes, just in case ...https://www.signaturesoundspresents.com/event/1509514/
Shuggy Mtn Breakdown is the October 2017 release from American rock band Sun Parade. The album ranges widely, from the swanky, sun-soaked summer single "Braindrain" to the blown-out, graphic-novel excesses of "Shuggy Mtn." The music is road-tested in basement shows and packed houses along Route 9 in the band's home territory of Western Massachusetts, on the same fold of the map that delivered Dinosaur Jr., Speedy Ortiz, Sonic Youth, and The Pixies. The album was produced in Brooklyn by Ian Hersey of Rubblebucket.
Chris Marlon Jennings grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts, busking on the streets. He met Jeff Lewis when they were high schoolers on summer vacation at a tribal gathering of old friends and families in Maine. Lewis, a mandolin player and islander, was due at Berklee College of Music on scholarship. After a semester in Boston, he moved to Western Mass to work with Jennings. That collaboration is the core of Sun Parade.
Jennings writes by and large in the language of existential howl, wherein life, love and the pursuit of happiness are a highway pile-up with the distinct possibility of dancing. Lewis spins ethereal, psychedelic glowing pop benevolence, songs sung into an old Fostex recorder and sent out into the world in strands of metaphysic werewolves and sunshine. The dichotomy between the two writers builds an outliers’ love fest, a condition Oscar Wilde once described as living in the gutter with stardust falling on us.
Over time Jennings and Lewis built the five-piece that is Sun Parade, with Karl Helander on drums, percussion, harmonies and ambient barking. [Helander is a powerhouse ideas force — the riffing at the end of “Tear” and the astral vocal descents in “Braindrain” were a couple of his contributions to the album.] Max Wareham (bass) and Eli Salus-Kleiner (keyboard) joined Sun Parade after Shuggy Mtn Breakdown was recorded.
Sun Parade's personal obsessions and projects range from British folk ballads to Motown; collectively their music is most influenced by the mutineers’ pantheon — The Clash, Beastie Boys, Dr. Dog, Nirvana, The Beatles. Sun Parade has supported Lake Street Dive, Dr. Dog, Born Ruffians, and And The Kids. National Public Radio picked “Heart’s Out” — the title track of the band’s previous EP — for Songs We Love, and wrote that Sun Parade is “crafting the kinds of traditional guitar-pop songs that people might still be singing 50 years down the road.”
Sun Parade will be touring Shuggy Mtn Breakdown through fall and winter of 2017.
"They once were bluegrass, but their new self-titled album shows that this Boston band has become something else, a wider version of a stringband, boundary jumpers akin to outfits like Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek, and Crooked Still."
- The Boston Globe
In its early days, Twisted Pine hewed pretty close to its bluegrass origins, but over time the quartet has developed a unique, infectious style without limits. Moving beyond the standard verse-chorus-solo structure of traditional string bands, Twisted Pine is a multilayered ensemble that brings the enveloping sound and pop hooks of indie music to an acoustic instrumental setting.
Guitarist Rachel Sumner and fiddler Kathleen Parks share the vocal mic, forming a combination as charming as it is gutsy. Whether switching off leads or blending and bending their voices into unexpected harmonies, these front-women are a commanding presence. On her instrument, Parks is an insatiable risk-taker, seeking out exciting new improvisational territories. Mandolinist Dan Bui is a master of melody and drive, celebrated widely for his dexterous, tasteful picking. And bassist Chris Sartori holds down the low end and a lot more, introducing creative, jazz-inflected cadences that never overwhelm the beat.
The Root Cellar
10 Fiske Ave,
Greenfield, MA, 01301